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Twenty-Six Bahamians Named in the New Years Honours by The Queen

Bahamas Information Services Nassau, The Bahamas, Government House announced that 26 Bahamians from all walks of life have been named in Her Majesty the Queen 2016 New Years Honours list for exemplary service to the country.

Receiving top honours, or Knighthoods, of the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George, are Franklin Wilson, for services to business and philanthropy, and Charles Carter for broadcasting and the media. The Hon. Anita Mildred Allen was named Dame Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for services to the Bahamas Court of Appeal and Judiciary.

Named Companions of the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George are Wilfred Alfred McCartney, Sr. for services to the Brethren Denomination and entrepreneurism; and Dr. Leonard A. Johnson, for services to the church.

Officers of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (Civil Division) are James Catalyn, for culture and acting; Cleophas R. E. Adderley for contributions to music; Telator Strachan for crafts and entrepreneurship; and Rev. Dr. Philip Arthur Rahming, for civic service and religion.

Members of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (Civil Division) are Thomas A. Basden, for business and commerce; George Gilbert E. Pinder, for commerce and fishing; Dennis Hall for service to the community; Joshua Emerald Culmer, JP, for civic affairs and community development; Rev. Dr. Marina Sands, for service to the community and religion; Ansil Saunders for service to the historic and cultural development of the Island of Bimini; and Romeo Farrington, for business and tourism.

Receiving the British Empire Medal (Civil Division) are Curtis Dazel Hanna, for business and tourism; Hilton Alexander Bowleg, for service to the community; Rev. Revy Francis for service to the community through religion and civic service; Rev. Albert Strachan, for service to the community and religion; Carmetta Burns, for community development and social services; Doris Farah, for community development and social services; Sister Agatha Hunt for religion and education; and Everette Ferguson, for his contributions to sport.

Awarded the Queen’s Police Medal for their services to the Royal Bahamas Police Force are Senior Assistant Commissioner of Police Steven Seymour, and Retired Assistant Commissioner of Police Bishop Hulan Hanna.