King Recognizes Four Bermudians With Honours

June 16, 2023

His Majesty King Charles III recognized four Bermudians in his 2023 birthday honours, including Roderick C. Burchall, Sandra Beach, Colour Sergeant Wayne Furbert, and Shane Powell.

Kings Honours 2023 June

A spokesperson said, “Roderick Burchall is being recognized for his long and exemplary service on the Treatment of Offenders Board and the Family Court Panel. Mr. Burchall is the longest serving member of the Family Court Panel, having been appointed to serve by successive Government Ministers owing to his immeasurable institutional knowledge, dedication to the community, and ensuring fairness in the determinations of the Panel and Boards on which he serves.

“Sandra Beach has been a dedicated member of the Bermuda Police Reserves for 28 years. Having now retired from the Reserve Police she has the distinction of being the first female Commandant of the Bermuda Reserve Police. She is recognized for professionalism and exceptional commitment to the Reserve Police.

“Shane Powell has been an inspiration to Bermuda’s youth for many years. He established Bermuda Squad Entertainers in 2010 with the late Taylor ‘Taylor Made’ Grier, due to their shared passion for dancehall and desire to impact the community.

“Bermuda Squad’s aim is to encourage the next generation of entertainers by promoting positive physical, social, and mental health through dance, creativity, and working tirelessly in efforts to stop violence in Bermuda. This is accomplished by providing a safe space for youth to be their authentic selves and role modelling unity through bringing young people across the island together to create lifelong bonds.

“Tragically, Taylor was a victim of gun-violence in 2018, and Bermuda Squad has since dedicated their performances to his memory and reinvigorated their mission to becoming a safe space for at-risk youth.

“Shane volunteers his time for the Ministry of National Security’s Gang Reduction Team by running a dance extracurricular program at CedarBridge Academy, Victor Scott Primary, and Dellwood Middle School, and is beginning to work with The Berkeley Institute, Purvis Primary, and West Pembroke.”

“Colour Sergeant [CSgt] Wayne Furbert was a member of the Royal Bermuda Regiment Band for almost 30 years. He has mentored and counselled countless young drummers and musicians and commanded the respect of the Band during his long tenure. During this time he entertained countless crowds both here in Bermuda and whilst representing both the Regiment and Bermuda around the world.

“CSgt Furbert performed for audiences across the USA, UK, Australia, Canada, Switzerland and Jamaica.

“He added dignity to many state and military funerals, along with many other ceremonial duties on behalf of the Government of Bermuda. After retirement from active Band service CSgt Furbert was determined to continue in the Regiment, and did so working in the culinary areas.

“He ensured that thousands of soldiers were properly fed, whether it was for training, or while they were embodied conducting disaster relief or security operations at home or abroad. In total, CSgt Furbert served a total of 42 years in the Royal Bermuda Regiment.”

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  1. It amazes me how black Bermudians run down the monarch, but stand in line for honours.

    • saud says:

      …and speak with posh British accents.

    • Joe Bloggs says:

      Not all black Bermudians are so two-faced.

  2. Dread says:

    Roddy Burchall is a fair and just man!

  3. Barbara D Cooper says:


  4. Was a obaakaUBP supporter says:

    It amazes me how some oba supporters call black Bermudians sheep but still want us vote ObaakaUBP.

    • saud says:

      No one “want’s” you to vote for anyone you don’t want to vote for.
      Grow up, don’t act so weak.
      The OBA isn’t going tor win anything, don’t worry…you’re the ‘winner’. LOL

    • Joe Bloggs says:

      Thank you for that (presumably paid) PLP political message

    • Toodle-oo says:

      And you really think that when an actual plp minister (not just a supporter) says ‘we don’t care what you think’ is going to make other people enthusiastic about joining or supporting them ?

      • X UBP oba voter says:

        Has the UBP aka oba found anymore surrogates to try and fool the voters into thinking that it’s diverse? Which is the very reason why they will switch out Cole and use Jarrion NEXT ELECTION!

        Jarrion……..CV Jim Woolridge wrote in his book some famous words. “Those little white boys don’t mind you being in charge as long as they can tell you what to do! Mr. Woolridge spoke the truth, since he was also used by the UBP.

        • Toodle-oo says:

          One day you might learn that it’s ‘Jarion’ , it doesn’t have 2 Rs

          Mr Woolridge did well for himself with the UBP and Bermuda benefited from his contribution .
          Now , if you like remembering certain things I recommend that you go look up what Eva Hodgson said about what would happen to Bermuda if all the whites left versus if all the blacks left.
          You won’t be using that reference , I’m sure.

        • LOL says:

          Hush don’t tell them the truth. They hate it when you’re WOKE.

          • LOL - the real one says:

            You don’t know what truth is. You’re a bigot, like the rest of them.

        • saud says:

          Why are you so racist?
          Did your mother raise you that way?

          • hmmmm says:

            The post above clearly is facts. The UBP aka OBA tries this trick with every black man and woman. Everyone in Bermuda knows this stop being a baby and go cry.

            Now Jim wrote those words in his book and you what claim he’s a lier… who would know better wasn’t he one of the higher ups in the UBP?

            • Joe Bloggs says:

              “The UBP aka OBA … ”

              Keep up the big lie. Never give up on the big lie!

            • saud says:

              Again? Why do you hate white people so much?
              Is it because you’re a racist, but don’t have the guts to admit it?
              We all know that’s the case.
              Go spew your hatred at someone who cares. LOL

          • VIP says:

            You sound like a white surpremacist most times on here saud when you blog. Unfortunately your post only help the oba remain the oppostion.

            • saud says:

              You sound like the racist that you are….every time you post. That’s why you’re ignored, Bigots like you have no credibility.

        • Question says:

          Here we go again with lying about everything.
          That quote was not about politics at all. It was about two white members of the Tourist Board with whom Jim Woolridge had a quarrel. Yet you lot misrepresent it time and again to be something it was not. It was nothing whatsoever to do with the UBP.

          You can’t help yourselves. You pile lies upon lies. It’s your only tactic.

          • tucker says:

            These are the same people who cry about discrimination, while discriminating against some Bermudians.
            Their credibility is nil. They are, unfortunately, a product of Bermudas’ educational system, which produces bigots at an alarming rate.

          • Double s says:

            When the truth is in unpalatable, lies must be told.

        • Joe Bloggs says:

          “Has the UBP aka oba ….”

          Keep up the big lie. Never give up on the big lie!