Bishop of Trinidad and Tobago, Head of the Anglican Church, Rev Claude Berkley is being awarded the Chaconia Medal Gold for religion and education.
Berkley said last night: “I am happy on behalf of the Anglican Church. All of this was caused through the work of the church in the community, and for that, I feel very happy. And I look forward to the fact that such recognition will cause both the church and I to redouble its efforts in terms of social outreach and community service to the people.
“I celebrated my birthday in August and it is a great blessing from the Almighty. I want to commend those who thought we were worthy...and to urge the nation to join heart and hands and to fulfil our potential as the nation celebrates its 51st anniversary. May God continue to bless us all.”
Dr David Garth Toby—Chaconia Medal Silver/medicine
Toby said:” I feel honoured and elated to be awarded by my country. And most of the work I do is based at Princess Elizabeth Centre, Ariapita Avenue, Woodbrook. I have support both from the staff and colleagues, and my family. This is what has led me to this position.
“I think this whole effort is a start and the movement to push differently abled children to realise their full potential. I commend the PM (Kamla Persad-Bissessar) for coming forward with her hospital for children in Couva. And I hope this effort will also be for the differently abled. I am hoping to rejuvenate the centre, which has been damaged by flooding. The centre should be rebuilt.”
Earl Knight—Humming Bird Medal Gold/musician
Knight said: “I am elated. It makes me reminisce about the amount of work I have done in the field. I am musical director of the National Action Cultural Committee (NACC) Cultural Group. I have been involved in classical, the biannual, calypso and folk music. I play different genres of music. I play the clarinet and saxophone. I have won the championship at music festival a few times.
“I have assisted a number of younger calypsonians/monarchs like Duane O’Connor and Karene Ashe. I have supplied music since they were in the Junior Calypso. If you are involved in the arts, you don’t look at the monetary gain. Try to improve yourself, enjoy what you are doing and the rewards will come.”
George Janoura—Hummingbird Medal Gold/businessman
“It is an honour. I feel humbled. And I was surprised. I have been working 50 years and I am not going to stop. I love my work and that is what I do. I think we have a wonderful country, and it is a matter of time because the people in this country are too great and wonderful for it not to happen. We are going through a little glitch, and I have faith we will overcome.”