Posthumous award for teen hero
Forty recipients will receive national awards later today at the National Academy for the Performing Arts (NAPA) for their various contributions to the development of Trinidad and Tobago.
The Annual National Awards Ceremony, historically held on Independence Day, was moved to the “more appropriate” Republic Day.
Queen of Calypso, Calypso Rose will tonight receive the nation’s highest award, the Order of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago (ORTT).
Professor Courtenay Bartholomew, who is credited with diagnosing the first AIDS case in the English-speaking Caribbean and former PNM Minister under the Patrick Manning-led administration Lenny Saith will also be awarded the ORTT.
National athletes Jarrin Solomon, Jereem Richards, Machel Cedenio, Rennie Quow and Lalonde Gordon will receive the Chaconia Medal Gold for long and meritorius service to the country in the sphere of Sport, while Akeem Stewart will receive the Hummingbird Medal Gold for loyal and devoted service to T&T in the sphere of Sport.
Teenager David Sancaro will be awarded the Hummingbird Medal Bronze posthumously for gallantry in intervening in an argument between a couple, in the process saving a young woman from a beating at the hands of her boyfriend.
Sadly, the 17-year-old was run over following his heroic efforts. He was taken to hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
Anthony Sinanan, 37, was charged with the teen’s killing after surrendering himself to police.
Soca artiste Ian “Bunji Garlin” Alvarez is also among this year’s awardees, and will be presented with the Hummingbird Medal Silver for loyal and devoted service to the country in the sphere of Culture.
Below is the full list of national awardees:
THE ORDER OF THE REPUBLIC OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
For Distinguished and Outstanding Service to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
Dr. Lenny Saith, Civil Engineer – National Development and Public Service
Professor Courtenay Bartholomew, Medical Researcher - National Development in Medicine and Public Service
Ms. Mc Cartha Lewis a.k.a Calypso Rose, Calypsonian – Culture
THE CHACONIA MEDAL (GOLD)
For Long and Meritorious Service to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
Mrs. Sandra Pearl Jones, Former Permanent Secretary - Public Service
Dr. John Prince, Former Permanent Secretary - Public Service
Mr. Jarrin Solomon, Athlete - Sport
Mr. Jereem Richards, Athlete - Sport
Mr. Machel Cedenio, Athlete – Sport
Mr. Renny Quow, Athlete – Sport
Mr. Lalonde Gordon, Athlete – Sport
Imam Haji Hamza Haniff Mohammed (Posthumously), Religious Leader - Religion
THE CHACONIA MEDAL (SILVER)
Ms. Amoy Chang Fong, Former Banker - Public Service
Mr. Neil Wilson , Former Councillor and Secretary of the Tobago House of Assembly - Public Service
THE HUMMING BIRD MEDAL (GOLD)
For Loyal and Devoted Service to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
Mr. Robert Alphonso Nelson a.k.a.“Lord Nelson”, Calypsonian - Calypso and Culture
Ms. Karilyn Shephard, Environmentalist - Environment
Ms. Thora Best, Former School Principal - National Development and Public Service
Mr. Dalvi Paladee, Managing Director - Business and Community Service
Mr. Akeem Stewart, Athlete - Sport
THE HUMMING BIRD MEDAL (SILVER)
Mr. Ian Antonio Alvarez a.k.a.“Bunji Garlin”, Soca Artiste - Culture and Music
Mr. Herbert “Ed” Watson, Musical Arranger and Producer - Culture and Music
Mr. Errol Alphege Grant, Former Police Inspector - Community Service
Ms. Enid Browne, Former Teacher and Netball Coach - Sport and Community Service
Ms. Stephanie Judith Power, Former Teacher, Cricket Coach and Community Activist - Sport and Community Service
Mr. Ramnarine Bridgelalsingh, Dance Tutor – Culture
Pundit Samsundar “Tara” Maraj, Community Activist - Religion and Community Service
Mr. Prabu Singh , Artist - Art and Culture
Mr. Parmanand Singh, Artist - Art and Culture
THE HUMMING BIRD MEDAL (BRONZE)
Mr. David Sancaro (Posthumously), Student – Gallantry
THE PUBLIC SERVICE MEDAL OF MERIT (GOLD)
For Outstanding and Meritorious Service to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
Mrs. Esther Daniel-Liverpool, Former Secretary to His Excellency The President - Public Service
Dr. Anton Cumberbatch, Medical Doctor - Public Service
Ms. Jacqueline Ganteaume-Farrel, Former Permanent Secretary - Public Service
Mr. Carl Ansel Francis, Former Permanent Secretary - Public Service
Mr. Eric James, Former Permanent Secretary - Public Service
Mrs. Arlene Mc Comie, Former Permanent Secretary - Public Service
Mr. Ammar Samaroo, Former Comptroller of Customs and Excise - Public Service
Mrs. Roslyn Lauren Khan-Cummings, Former Permanent Secretary - Public Service
THE PUBLIC SERVICE MEDAL OF MERIT (SILVER)
Mr. Steve Williams, Former Manager, Student Support Services - Public Service
Mrs. Lydia Rosalie Choate, Former School Principal - Education and Community Service
Mr. Shariffudin Mohammed, Retired Lieutenant Commander - Public Service
THE MEDAL FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF WOMEN (GOLD)
For Outstanding Contribution to the Development of Women’s Rights and Issues in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
Ms. Folade Mutota, Executive Director - Gender Affairs