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Tuesday, November 17, 2009 – Twelve St. Lucians have received the prestigious 2009 Birthday Honours Awards from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the second.

The bestowal of this honour by the Sovereign upon awardees from all walks of life, has been an integral part of the British Monarchy for more than 650 years.

Speaking at the Investiture Ceremony at Government House yesterday, Prime Minister Honourable Stephenson King said this year's recipients represent a crop of nationals dedicated to outstanding achievements and selfless service to Saint Lucia.

“You have truly deserved our country's recognition and honour. You have paid us a great tribute with your life's work and you have been honoured for your vision, professionalism, dynamism, passion and commitment; your extra-ordinary talents and exemplary leadership have benefited us all.”

The prime minister said Saint Lucians must re-establish a culture of community togetherness, a value he believes will go a long way in restoring brotherhood, and social prosperity on the island.

“Saint Lucia today need men and women who uphold these basic life principles. If by our virtues and values and our commitment to national pride, we are to engage ourselves in acts of helping rather than receiving, building instead of breaking down, offering solutions instead of constant criticism, Saint Lucia will develop into a much stronger nation, where our people live united,” the prime minister said.

Of this year's twelve awardees, eight received their medals from Dame Pearlette Louisy yesterday.

Martha Francis Biscette, Verena Marcelle Felicien, Benedicte Martha Nelson, David Hutchinson and Gilbert John Popo, received the British Empire Medal (BEM).

Justin Albert Barthelmy and Horace Denis Walters were awarded the Member of the British Empire Medal(MBE) and Eldrige Stephens received the highest recognition as Ordinary Officer of the Civil Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE).

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