The Department of Community and Cultural Affairs celebrated 20 honourees at the Ruth Seaton James auditorium, with an official programme to commemorate Emancipation Day, featuring drummers, dancers, singers and a performance by Rockfire Productions.
Heather Whalen, Director of Community and Cultural Affairs, previously said, “We are honouring people from Warwick and Smith’s Parishes that have made meaningful and significant contributions to their respective communities.
“Last year we focused on families from Southampton and Hamilton parishes. This year, our focus will be on individuals and organizations that have, despite challenging and extenuating circumstances, shaped and supported their local communities; and by so doing have made lasting contributions to their respective communities.”
This year’s community heroes are: John Barritt Sr; Lady Blackman [aka Dr. Norma Astwood]; Eugene Blakeney; Clarence O. Darrell; Mallory Darrell; Dr. George Burt and Mrs Gloria McPhee; Nurse Caro Spencer-Wilson; Dr. Thomas Stowe; The Talbot Brothers; Major Albert Benjamin; Nurse Iris Davis; Francis Harvey Edmondson; Julia Lightbourne; Herbert Simons; Adele Tucker; Martin T. Wilson; Cobb’s Hill Methodist Church; Pembroke Hamilton Club; Warwick Workman’s Club.