Janet Bostwick, the first woman elected to the House of Assembly in The Bahamas, has been named Dame Commander of the Most Excellent Order of The British Empire for service to politics.
Bostwick, 79, tops the list of the Queen’s New Year’s Honors.
She was first elected to the House of Assembly in 1982 and was re-elected three times. She was the first female attorney general and minister of foreign affairs.
Secretary to the Cabinet Camille Johnson is receiving the honor of Companion of the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George (CMG), for her “outstanding services to education and to public service”.
Monsignor Alfred Culmer, former Commissioner of Police Reginald Ferguson and Apostle Leon Wallace were awarded the Order of the British Empire.
Culmer is being honored for service to religion, Ferguson for service to the civil service and Wallace for service to religion and to the community.
Ferguson said yesterday he was honored to be named.
“I consider myself blessed that I could be recognized and so many persons would put that kind of confidence in [me],” Ferguson said.
“But of course, I thank God for these opportunities that he has given me and allowed me to have the opportunity to serve and continue to serve.”
Jason Harrison Hanna has been awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) for service to business and the community.
Former President of the Bahamas Hotel Catering and Allied Workers Union Nicole Martin has been awarded a BEM for service to industry, and Alfred Kenneth Russell has been awarded a BEM for service to politics and to business.
Thirty-eight Bahamians received the first Bahamian honors earlier this year. The list featured political giants, activists, physicians and people who helped shape The Bahamas, including former premier the late Sir Roland Symonette.