Caribbean Nationals Among Queen’s Birthday Honorees

London, England, June 19, 2006 – Some 16 Caribbean nationals from the nations of Guyana, Antigua, Grenada and St. Lucia have made the prestigious list of Queen Elizabeth, II 2006 birthday honorees.

Guyanese-born Professor Cynthia Pine, the Dean of the Dental School at Liverpool University, was lauded with the Commander of the British Empire for her work in dentistry.

Pine yesterday celebrated with family by “… raising a glass to her parents who set their little girl on the long path from Leguan, Essequibo, and the Railway Line, Kitty, Georgetown, to be accepting an honor from the Queen.’

Pine was born to a Guyanese father more than half a century ago, spent some of her childhood there but has recently been ‘reclaimed ‘by the Guyanese Diaspora in the UK. Earlier this year, she was made ‘Guyanese of the Year’ in the annual Guyana High Commission (UK) Awards and she is now very involved in setting up a dental school in her reclaimed father’s land. She visited Guyana last year for the first time for half a century at the invite of the government.

Honored with the Order of the British Empire, Civil Division from Grenada are Bishop Emeritus Sydney Charles, for his community service; Irwin Ollivierre and Helena Ross for service to education and Dr. Seakar Tam for services to health and public service.

The British Empire Medal, Civil Division, was presented to Rose Hall for community service and Otterson Frederick and Leo St. John for services to fishing.

The Order of Saint Michael and Saint George was awarded to Suzie Agnes-Ida D’Auvergne of St. Lucia for services to the judiciary while OBE’s were presented to Emma Hippolyte; for services to the government and public service, Victor Aloysius Alexander Eudoxie, for services to banking; Velon Leo John and Winston Andrew Taylor for services to the public and the community; Wilbert King, for public service and Dr. Charles Keith Scotland for services to the field of veterinary surgery.

Victor Archie Edward and Philson Leonard Joseph received the British Empire Medal, Civil Division award for services to agriculture.

The lone recipient from Antigua & Barbuda was Delano Christopher, who was presented with the Queen’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service to the Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda.

The Queen’s 80th birthday was marked officially on Saturday, June 17, with pageantry that included a military parade and march-past by Household Troops on Horse Guards Parade at Whitehall and a special 80th birthday flypast from the Royal Air Force, which was led by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. The Queen, accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh, rode in a carriage during the parade.

The Queen was actually born on April 21 but her official birthday is celebrated two months later when the weather is warmer.

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