Banquet Tribute To Bermuda’s ‘Leading Ladies’

January 12, 2014

Bermuda CableVision made 10 award presentations last night [Jan 11] to a selection of ‘Leading Ladies’ of Bermuda who have made special contributions to the Bermuda community at its ninth annual ‘Salute to Service’ Banquet held at The Fairmont Southampton.

In addition to the ten women who received awards, Bermuda’s three former Premiers — Paula Cox, Dame Jennifer Smith, and Dame Pamela Gordon Banks — were recognised.

Six premier’s wives were also recognised, including Lady Eileen Sharpe, Lady Lully Gibbons, Lady Jacquelyn Swan, Christine Saul, Olga Scott and Wanda Henton-Brown.

Former Premiers Paula Cox, Dame Jennifer Smith, and Dame Pamela Gordon Banks

The Hon. Paula Cox,  Dame Jennifer Smith, Dame Pamela Gordon Banks

The ten award recipients included Amy Adderley, Sister Molly Burgess, Shirley Dill; Rev. Betty Furbert-Woolridge, Dr. Eva Hodgson, the late Louise Jackson, Dolly Pitcher; Ann Smith Gordon, Ruth Thomas and Bernella Williams.

In addition, Kyrah Scraders was recognised with the annual Rollin Nathan Community Award and received a $1,000 donation towards training for upcoming competitions.

Kyrah Scraders and Mrs. Jacqueline Nathan

Kyrah Scraders and Mrs. Jacqueline Nathan

The CableVision banquet themed ‘A Tribute to Bermuda’s Leading Ladies’ saw some of Bermuda’s most respected women honoured throughout the evening with an entertainment programme for over 500 guests including Governor George Fergusson, Premier Craig Cannonier, Minister Bob Richards, Minister Wayne Scott, Minister Patricia Gordon-Pamplin, U.S. Consul General Robert Settje and many more.

Sister Molly Burgess, Minister Patricia Gordon-Pamplin, Dr. Eva Hodgson

Sister Molly Burgess, The Hon. Patricia Gordon-Pamplin (standing in for Louise Jackson), Dr. Eva Hodgson

Terry Roberson, General Manager of Bermuda CableVision, says: “Bermuda has greatly benefitted from the hard work and dedication of tonight’s award recipients.

“Bermuda Cablevision is honoured to have the opportunity to celebrate the strength and passion of some of Bermuda’s most influential and impactful women. We are engaged in building a stronger community together and tonight’s recipients have raised the bar of community responsibility. They are extremely deserving of the recognition for their work.”

Bernella Williams, Ann Smith Gordon, Amy Adderley, Dolly Pitcher

Bernella Williams, Ann Smith Gordon, Amy Adderley, Dolly Pitcher

The Governor said: “I warmly congratulate all those recognised by these awards. There is a particular poignancy in the recognition of Mrs Louise Jackson, whose service to the community was enormous and whose funeral took place earlier in the day. But the range of service represented by these awards, in so many fields and so many ways, is a cause for real celebration.”

Premier Cannonier said: “The ‘Leading Ladies’ of Bermuda who Bermuda CableVision has recognised with their community service awards are extraordinary women.

“These women have made a profound difference in the community and I am grateful for their dedication and perseverance. I want to thank each award recipient for dedicating their time and energy to Bermuda and for helping to enrich the Bermuda community.”

Ruth Elaine Thomas, Shirley Dill, Rev. Betty Furbert-Wooldridge

Ruth Elaine Thomas, Shirley Dill, Rev. Betty Furbert- Wooldridge

The event also celebrated last year’s Bermuda CableVision Community Service Award winners: Clive Taylor of The Boulevard Club; Debi Ray-Rivers of SCARS; and Ed and Lois Smith of Bermuda Prison Fellowship. Many of the Bermuda CableVision Community Service Award winners from previous years, representing a vast array of good causes, were in attendance as well.

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  1. Not Long Enough says:

    Congrats to these ladies. And good job Cablevision.

  2. js says:

    must be award season

    nevertheless results are what matters and I don’t see too many from this crew

    out of the 10 recipients 3 were former Premiers and 6 were wives of former Premiers

    can we say too many chiefs and not enough Indians present

    • logistics says:

      Perhaps you should read the full article before commenting. The former premiers/ premiers’ wives were recognised as part of the overall theme of the night. They are not the award recipients.

      • js says:

        I believe the article may have been amended to include the 4th paragraph so it reads clearer

        nevertheless if not for their charitable contributions what exactly were the former Premiers and Premier’s wives recognized for

        surely there must be more to it than just being the main squeeze of a Premier

    • Ignorance is not Bliss says:

      ” The ten award recipients included Amy Adderley, Sister Molly Burgess, Shirley Dill; Rev. Betty Furbert-Woolridge, Dr. Eva Hodgson, the late Louise Jackson, Dolly Pitcher; Ann Smith Gordon, Ruth Thomas and Bernella Williams”

      Congratulations to the foregoing ten (10) award recipients.

  3. glen says:

    Congratulations ladies!
    ST.DAVID ‘S REP!

  4. In Mark's Opinion says:

    All the best to all these great people that work hard for Bermuda. One question , why are we in this mess today.

  5. Triangle Drifter says:

    Yes, it must be awards season though looking at the names IMHO at least 3 of them really have not earned any recognition & cheapened the whole affair. I would have appreciated a few extra pennys on my dividend cheque than pass out awards to them.