Nominations Open For Queen’s Honours List

April 15, 2015

Government House and the Cabinet Office said they are “encouraging the public to nominate worthy members of the community for recognition in Her Majesty the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List.

A spokesperson said, “Honours are awarded to individuals who have made outstanding achievements in public life or committed themselves to serving and helping Bermuda over a sustained period of time. Where possible, nominations should be for persons who are still active in their chosen activity, have recently retired or who have had a recent notable achievement.

“Honours are awarded twice a year, on New Year’s Day and in June, to mark the Queen’s Birthday. Anyone can put forward a nomination. Typical categories and achievements include:

  • Making a difference to their community or field of work;
  • Enhancing Bermuda’s reputation;
  • Long-term voluntary service;
  • Innovation and entrepreneurship;
  • Changing things, with an emphasis on achievement;
  • Improving life for people less able to help themselves;
  • Displaying moral courage and doing difficult things.

“Honours are given to people involved in different activities, including:

  • Community, voluntary and local services
  • Arts and media
  • Health
  • Sport
  • Education
  • Science and technology
  • Business and the economy
  • Civil or political service”

Governor George Fergusson said, “The Honours are a tangible way of rewarding those people whose service to the community, in one form or another, has been exceptional. Those to whom Her Majesty awards Honours have usually shown a lifetime commitment to the work they do on behalf of others, or have demonstrated an extraordinary degree of excellence.”

He continued, “I hope members of the community will take this opportunity to nominate people whom they think deserve recognition so that they can be considered.”

Premier Michael Dunkley added, “I am pleased to support the broadening of the scope for who can submit names for consideration for Her Majesty the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List. Bermuda is fortunate to have a number of people who work consistently to help others in the community.

“For these individuals, the work is usually its own reward, but the Honours system is a way for the community to say thank you for their outstanding effort and to recognize those special individuals who put country and people first for the betterment of Bermuda. So I encourage anyone who knows someone who is deserving of an Honour, to please take the time to nominate them for an award.”

Queen’s Certificate Nomination forms can be downloaded from Completed nomination forms must be received by May 31, 2015 to be considered for the 2016 Queen’s New Year’s Honours List.

“Those who nominate an individual they consider worthy of an Honour are requested not to advise the individual or discuss the matter with them,” a spokesperson added.

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  1. C James says:

    I nominate our bus drivers. They’ve struggled through sickness over this winter – worse sickness than ever before. And they struggle to get into work to do overtime for only time and a half!!!!!

    I think heroes day should be dedicated to them this year. I’ll definitely be raising something and acknowledging them.