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Committee Seeks The Best In Bahamian Society

The  advisory committee of the National Honours  system  says that they are seeking the best of the best;  those that have reached extraordinary achievements and those that have helped to develop not only communities but the country. Having done a test exercise before attempting to see how many nominees would be obtained and getting a large number 0f 200, the   Committee  expects  to obtain  many  nominations. 

 Prime Minister Hubert Minnis formed the  10-member committee in accordance with the National Honors Act of 2016 to come up with a system  that  will honour  notable Bahamians;   no longer following the British  way of honouring;  all while highlighting the talent and efforts of our Bahamian people. 

There are eight established societies of honour, including the honor of National Hero, The  Order of Nation,  The  Order  of The Bahamas , The  Order  of Excellence, The   Order of Merit, The  Order of Distinction, any other honor constituted by the Governor- General, and  The Order  of Lignum Vitae, which is given to the “youth of the nation”. 

“There are people in our nation that have made seminal contributions, regardless of age,” says Mark  Humes. 

The national honors system has no age limit, and there is also no restriction on whether the person  being  nominated is alive or deceased, as the committee wishes to acknowledge all of those  in  the  Bahamian  society that contributed to National Development.

Mr. Idris Reid says that there is no limit on the number of people to be honored as nominations are  opened to the entire Bahamas, but great care with be taken during the selection. 

In addition to the eight societies, there  are award of medals. The awards are Distinguished Service medals for citizens of the Bahamas in recognition of exceptional service in Public Service or Civil society,  Badges of  honour  for persons in the civil society who perform exceptional service to the Bahamas;  and medals for bravery undertaken in the Bahamas. These awards will recognize persons who have achieved excellence in designated categories while contributing to national development. 

Those  being  nominated cannot be made aware of their nomination as a public announcement of  approved awards and nominees will be made on July 10, 2018,  following a conferment of all awards on National Heroes Day in October 2018.  Applications must be in on or before June 11th, 2018 and the committee is looking forward to a large number. 

Written by Jones Bahamas

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