Founder of Chefette, Sir Assad John Haloute, being knighted by Governor General, Dame Sandra Mason.

The Member of the Order of the British Empire was presented to Reverend Hughson Carlos.

John Wayne Anderson Watts is awarded the Member of the Order of the British Empire by Governor General, Dame Sandra Mason.

Queen’s Honourees receive insignias

IN a brief and elegant ceremony on Saturday night, five of the six awardees of titles in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List were officially presented with their insignias.

Sir Assad John Haloute, founder of the Chefette fast food chain, was awarded a Knight Bachelor for his services to the hospitality industry and philanthropy. He received his medal from Governor General, Dame Sandra Mason, on the grounds of her official residence, Government House.

The late Dr. Frances Louise Chandler was posthumously awarded the Commander of the Order of the British Empire for her contribution to agriculture and sustainable development.

Meanwhile, for her services to nursing and the community, the Officer of the Order of the British Empire was bestowed upon Cynthia Joan Williams.

The two recipients of the Member of the Order of the British Empire, Reverend Hughson Carlos and John Wayne Anderson Watts, were also on hand to receive their medals to the appreciative cheers of the audience, which included Acting Prime Minister George Payne, Acting Chief Justice Kaye Goodridge, Anglican Bishop of Barbados Reverend Michael Maxwell, several government ministers, senators, dignitaries, relatives and friends.

Carlos was recognised for his services to youth empowerment and the fight against HIV/AIDS, while Watts was recognised for his services to environmental health.

Attorney-at-law, Sir Elliott Mottley, who was awarded Knight Commander of the Order of St. Michael and St. George was absent from the night’s proceedings. (JMB)

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