The 70th Anniversary Pelican Awardees

The 70th Anniversary Pelican Awardees

Back row L to R - Sir Tapley Seaton – Governor General of St. Kitts and Nevis, Celia Davidson Francis, Director of Alumni Relations for the UWI,  UWI Chancellor Robert Bermudez. Sir Rodney Williams – Governor General of Antigua and Barbuda, Jacqueline Sharp-  UWIAA President Jamaica Chapter, UWI Vice Chancellor Sir Hilary Beckles.     Front Row L - R - Awardees  - Dr Andre Haughton, Professor Merle Collins, D. Karl Massiah, Ambassador Dr June Soomer, Justice Dr Irving Andre, Dr Lloyd Stanford, Dr Nicole Nat

“Our graduates are our most important asset. We are delighted to recognise them at this moment of the University’s history” noted Chancellor Robert Bermudez at the University of the West Indies (UWI) 70th Anniversary Pelican Awards on Wednesday, July 25, 2018. Seven distinguished alumni were honoured for professional excellence and community service in the Caribbean and internationally.

Director of Alumni Relations for the UWI, Mrs Celia Davidson Francis, during her address, declared “I truly believe that The UWI’s power and reach lies in its graduate population.”

The Pelican Award is the most prestigious award given by the UWI Alumni Association (UWIAA) Chapters and Mrs Jacqueline Sharp, President of the UWIAA Jamaica Chapter underscored the University’s role in preparing graduates to excel, stating “We have the UWI to thank for giving us the solid foundation from which we’ve launched our careers, for giving us the values that have shaped our character and prepared us for leadership, and for giving us long-enduring friendships and a valuable network which we can lean on for support.”

All the awardees are of Caribbean heritage, hailing from Jamaica, St. Lucia, Grenada, Dominica and Barbados. Dr Lloyd Stanford, retired senior public servant of the Province of Ontario, Canada, and president of Le Groupe Stanford Inc; Dr Karl Massiah, Orthopaedic Surgeon, Founder and Head of Orthopaedics at Etobicoke Hospital in Canada; Professor Merle Collins, internationally acclaimed poet, oral archivist, documentary film maker and educator; The Hon. Justice Dr Irving Andre, a distinguished jurist on the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario; Ambassador Dr June Soomer, Secretary-General of the Association of Caribbean States and Chair of The UWI Open Campus Council; Dr Andre Haughton, Lecturer in the Department of Economics at The UWI Mona Campus; and Dr Nicole Nation, a specialist in autism and disabilities all received awards. They were nominated by their peers in Chapters of The UWI Alumni Association globally.

In addition to the prestigious Pelican Award, the honourees each received unique J. Wray &Nephew commemorative rum created by UWI Alumna and Honorary Graduate, Dr Joy Spence, the world’s first female Master Blender, along with a hand-picked selection of books from the UWI Press, Sagicor, Wisynco and The UWI Bookshop.

As she presented the exclusive bottles of rum, of which there are only 7 bottles in existence, Dr. Spence also congratulated The UWI on its Alumni Engagement Programme, remarking on the myriad ways that alumni could give back of their time and talent to UWI students and announcing that she has created a module for the Faculty of Science and Technology which she will deliver in Semester 1 of 2018 to equip students with additional information crucial to various scientific fields.

Professor Merle Collins in her response on behalf of the awardees noted: “We are proud of all that the UWI has contributed to our shaping and to giving us the basic tools to have the influence we are now judged to be having at home in the Caribbean and in the wider world.”

Among the guests of honour at the Mona Visitors’ Lodge and Conference Centre, at the Mona Campus were Governor-General of Antigua and Barbuda, the Honourable Rodney Williams and Governor-General of Saint Kitts and Nevis, the Honourable Samuel Weymouth Tapley Seaton—both alumni of The UWI. Members of The UWI Executive Management Team were also in attendance, including Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, Pro Vice-Chancellors and Principals, Professor Eudine Barriteau (Cave Hill), Professor Brian Copeland (St Augustine) and Dr Luz Longsworth (Open Campus), and Pro Vice-Chancellor, Board of Undergraduate Studies, Professor Alan Cobley. Several Alumni Association Chapter Presidents, and other alumni, as well as Vice-Chancellor’s Students Today Alumni Tomorrow (STAT) Ambassadors along with a contingent of student representatives from the four campus Guilds were also present.

Performances by Classical and Jazz Ensemble (CAJE) led by Peter Ashbourne, as well as by Charmaine Limonius accompanied by the CAJE String quartet added to the celebratory ambiance of the evening, which closed with a “Pelican Pride” Reception.

Information about the seven Awardees:

  • 1948-1958: Dr Lloyd Stanford (Jamaican), retired senior public servant of the Province of Ontario, Canada, and president of Le Groupe Stanford Inc., a consulting firm specializing in multiculturalism, employment equity, bilingualism, human resource development and international development, based in Ottawa. Received the Pelican Award for excellence in the promotion of multi-culturalism, equality and public service.
  • 1959-1968: Dr Karl Massiah (Barbadian), Orthopaedic Surgeon, Founder and Head of Orthopaedics at Etobicoke Hospital - Canada, and pioneering founding member of The UWI Medical Alumni Association (UWIMAA). Received the Pelican Award for excellence in orthopaedics and service to the UWI Caribbean medical fraternity in Canada.
  • 1969-1978: Professor Merle Collins (Grenadian), internationally acclaimed poet, oral archivist, documentary film maker and educator. She initiated the “Saraka & Nation” project, which traces the connection between African cultures in the Americas and sites of memory in Africa and produced a documentary film on the importance of “small islands”. Received the Pelican Award for excellence in literature, teaching and documentary film.
  • 1978-1988: The Hon. Justice Dr Irving Andre (Dominican), a distinguished jurist currently serving on the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario. He has won several awards for his published work encompassing a wide range of subjects, from labour and immigration law to football. Received the Pelican Award for excellence in law, jurisprudence and literature.
  • 1989-1998: Ambassador Dr June Soomer (St Lucian), the first female to graduate with a doctorate in history from the Cave Hill Campus of The UWI. A former Ambassador of St Lucia to the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States, she currently serves as Secretary-General of the Association of Caribbean States and as Chair of the The UWI Open Campus Council. Received the Pelican Award for excellence in diplomacy, public service and the promotion of regionalism.
  • 1999-2008: Dr Andre Haughton (Jamaican), Lecturer in the Department of Economics, The UWI Mona, founded the Valley Foundation which mentors young people in the Rose Heights area of Montego Bay. Received the Pelican Award for excellence in theoretical and applied econometrics and community service.
  • 2009-2018: Dr Nicole Nation (Jamaican) has received several awards of excellence for her work in the medical field, particularly in autism and disabilities, medical research and community service. She is conceptualizer of the “Women of Tomorrow” mentorship programme, is a Queen’s Young Leader and has just been awarded a Chevening Scholarship. Received the Pelican Award for excellence in community service, volunteerism and leadership.

Newsletter

Don't want to miss our interesting news and updates! Make sure to join our newsletter list.

Contact us

Institutional Advancement Division (IAD).

Connect with us

We're online. Follow us & keep in touch.

comment