President George Maxwell Richards
Max: Public needs info on awards selection
More public education is needed about how the system for the National Awards work.
This is the view of President George Maxwell Richards.
Richards gave a brief address following the distribution of awards at the National Awards function at Queen's Hall, St Ann's, last Friday.
Richards said the job of the National Awards Committee was not "an easy one, in part, because generally there is not a clear understanding of the process which can be fixed by increased public education".
Richards added it would be a good thing to consider the meaning of the National Awards.
"The Letters Patent of 1969 established the 'Distinguished Society of Trinidad and Tobago' and perhaps we might ponder what it is for. I have no doubt that opinions vary in this regard, but one thing I am certain—these awards should be understood to be and should proclaim recognition by the people of Trinidad and Tobago of the contribution of their fellow citizens to human development both home and abroad. In other words, it is recognition of the people, by the people, the nominating agents," he said.