Gary Phillips
Gary Phillips
Gary Phillips and Cheryl-Ann Lister have been awarded the OBE in the Queen's

New Year's Honours List.

Mr. Phillips, the first black Director of Tourism, led the integration of

Bermuda into the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO).

He was responsible for the modernization of the postal service. Mr. Phillips

is well known in the arts community; a former member of the Bermuda Arts

Council and is the consulting secretary to the Berkeley Institute's board of


As chairman of the Bermuda Monetary Authority (BMA), Mrs. Lister became a

leader in the creation of the Bermuda's internationally recognized

regulatory regime and helped with the development of a legislative package

that would ensure Bermuda's high level of compliance with international


Chesley Trott was recognized with an MBE for his contribution to the arts

and as one of Bermuda's preeminent artists and sculptors. Mr. Trott's career

spans 64 years and his work is prominently displayed around the Island.

In 2006 he was commissioned by the Corporation of Hamilton to produce a work

commemorating the 50th anniversary of the theatre boycott of 1959.

Recipients of The Queen's Certificate and Badge of Honour were also

announced, rewarding service to the community:

Shurnett Caines was one of the recipients as a founding member of the West

Indian Association and the Jamaican Association.

Laura Gorham was also a recipient for her 17-year stint as the Director of

the Bermuda National Gallery (BNG). During her tenure, she implemented the

BNG Arts Education Programme.

Constance 'Pinky' Mello and Helene Paynter were also recognised for their

services to religion. As a licensed Evangelist within the AME Church in

Bermuda for almost 40 years Mrs. Mello has been a leader in the community

life of St. Luke's AME Church.

Mrs. Paynter has been a member of St. Luke AME Church since she was a teen,

and has traveled as a delegate and representative of St. Luke AME Church to

conferences locally and overseas.

Agnes Waddicor was also recognised for her services to Girl Guides for more

than 40 years, as was Sharon Wilson for services to the arts. Ms Wilson has

been painting for more than 30 years. Through that time she has taught art

classes at Prospect School for Girls - now the site of the Cedarbridge

Academy, at numerous public schools across the island and an art continuing

education programme for adults at the Bermuda College.

Fred 'Pinks' Lewis was also awarded The Queen's Certificate for his services

to sport on the island.

As a player, coach and administrator Mr. Lewis has devoted much of his life

to the improvement of football in Bermuda. Mr. Lewis was selected to the

National Team at that age and represented Bermuda throughout the world. In

2007 Mr. Lewis organized a legends game that raised more than $21,000 to aid

players who had fallen ill and were in need of financial assistance.

Eddie Ming was also a recipient of the Queen's Certificate, commended for

his services to music.