The lucky ö but well-deserving ö recipients of Her Majesty the Queenâs New Years Honours for 2005 were announced yesterday.

On the Queenâs Certificate and Badge of Honour list was former managing director of Pink Beach Club Toppy Cowen. Mr. Cowen managed the resort for 20 years, from 1977 ö 1997 and was also a director of Bermuda Hotel Association; president of the Hotel Employers of Bermuda, Chairman of the Visitor Industry Partnership and president of the international hospitality organisation, SKAL Club of Bermuda during that time. Also giving much to the community, Mr. Cowen was the chairman of the Flatts Village Development Committee and a driving force behind the annual festival as well as co-chairman for the Eliza Dolittle Society.

Bruce Gordon, who has donated defibrillators to institutions all over the island, was recognised for his contribution to the community. The potentially life saving defibrillators are the size of a small suitcase, and, with the backing of a Bermuda Sun campaign, Mr. Gordon has given them to hospitals, fire services and other helping agencies. He is a member of the Island Press (Holdings) Limited board of directors.

With nearly three decades as a teacher in Bermuda, Dean Furbert was honoured for his contribution to the teaching profession. From 1958 to 1970, he taught at the former St. Georgeâs Secondary School, followed by 12 years as principal of Francis Patton Primary School and five years as principal of Dellwood Primary School. He then became the Chief Education Officer at the Ministry of Education until 1995 and still donates much of his time to Hope Ministries (Camp Hope).

The writer of a local book that takes a close look at racial developments in Bermuda was also honoured. Barbara Hunter, author of Beyond the Crossroad, was the first reading specialist at Prospect Primary School, moving to Gilbert Institute to serve in the same capacity from 1973 ö 1983. She began her writing career in 1982 with a weekly column in the Bermuda Sun on education and published Beyond the Crossroads in 1993.

Having given service to business, church, community organizations and sports, Charles Jeffers has a long and distinguished record of community and public service.

Mr. Jeffers was a founding member of the Bermuda Road Safety Council, Bermuda Track and Field Association and the Studio Foundation for the Arts and has also served on the Bermuda Arts Council, the Pembroke Parish Council, Pembroke Rotary Club, the Diabetes Association, and the Bermuda Militia Band and Bermuda Regiment Band.

Lt. Col. David Gibbons and Dr. Beresford Swan were appointed to be Officers of the British Empire. After more than 20 years of service to the Bermuda Regiment ö during which time he spent three years as ADC to His Excellency the Governor ö Lt. Col. Gibbons spent two years as Commanding Officer. Dr. Swan established the first Cardiac Diagnostic Laboratory, and a Media Alert System. He also worked to establish Bermudaâs first Dialysis Unit operated from KEMH, now named the Beresford Swan Dialysis Centre.

Alpheaus Black was appointed a Member of the British Empire. Mr. Black, a community activist, has trained many young people ö including his three sons and daughter ö from his business Blackâs Blacksmith Shop. For many years, Mr. Black has served on Government Boards and the Pembroke Parish Council and has been a trustee of Whitney Institute for 22 years.