Barbados, an island country in the Lesser Antilles of the West Indies, has recently bestowed its highest honor, the Order of the Freedom of Barbados, upon three of its distinguished citizens: Reginald Farley, Dodridge Miller, and Kerryann Ifill. The announcement was made on the island's 57th Anniversary of Independence, a day of national pride and celebration.
Recognizing Contributions to National Development
Reginald Farley, a former Member of Parliament and current president of the Senate, was recognized for his significant contributions to national and business development. Farley has played a pivotal role in strengthening the Social Partnership, a crucial initiative aimed at fostering cooperation between government, labour, and employers to promote social dialogue and economic growth.
Dodridge Miller: A Leader in International Finance
Dodridge Miller, a prominent figure in Caribbean banking and finance, was honored for his transformative leadership in international finance. His strategic vision and dedication have helped shape the financial landscape of the region and beyond, contributing significantly to Caribbean economic development.
Kerryann Ifill: Champion for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
Kerryann Ifill, a former Senate president, was awarded for her tireless advocacy and work towards the enfranchisement of persons with disabilities. Through her relentless efforts in promoting education and employment opportunities for this marginalized group, Ifill has made a lasting impact on the island nation.
International Honors and Other Awards
Alongside these national accolades, Barbados also bestowed honorary awards upon Rwanda's President Paul Kagame and Guyana's President Dr. Irfaan Ali. Kagame was recognized for fostering ties between Africa and the Caribbean, while Dr. Ali was honored for his commitment to regional integration and food security. In addition, Sada Williams was awarded the Gold Trident of Excellence for her praiseworthy achievements in the World Championships, and Marlon Tempro and Roger Rock received the Barbados Bravery Medal for their heroic deeds.
The ceremony was a grand celebration of national pride, honoring individuals across a range of sectors for their outstanding service and achievements, reflecting the diversity and dynamism that characterize the nation of Barbados.