Seven Caymanians have been named in the 2006 Queen’s New Year’s honours.
They are OBE recipient, Susan Anne Olde; MBE recipient, J. Carlon Powery, and Cayman Islands Certificate and Badge of Honour awardees Shirley Elizabeth Wahler, John Reed Foster, Frank Hugh Scotland, Alva (Billy) Murrell Dor Bodden, and Capt. Moses Ithamar Kirkconnell.
Topping the list, Mrs. Olde is a naturalised Caymanian, full-time resident and – foremost among all her entitlements – friend to the Caymanian people. She has been honoured for her philanthropic endeavours on behalf of the people of these Islands.
The sole MBE awardee, Collector of Customs Mr. Powery, started his career in the Department of Customs on 3 February, 1972, as a clerical officer and quickly rose through the ranks. He today rules over a multi-million dollar department, which annually makes the highest single contribution to Government revenue.
Among the five awarded the Certificate and Badge of Honour, Cayman Bracker Ms Wahler has been singled out for her work in the field of education. Her unrelenting focus on raising academic standards and her strong belief that the Cayman Islands can achieve a world-class education system have marked her career over the last two decades.
A part of the team of Cayman Islands Television Network since its beginning in 1993, Weatherman Mr. Foster has been a public figure for many years. In addition to these services, Mr. Foster is being recognised for life-long service to the community in a variety of roles.
Octogenarian Mr. Scotland is a pioneer in the islands electrical supply and a life-long ham radio operator. Soon after settling in the Cayman Islands, in 1960, he formed the Bodden Town Power and Light Company, which was later franchised by the Cayman Islands Government. This earliest supply of public electricity for the eastern districts of Grand Cayman was a remarkable achievement of this one man’s vision.
Better known to his family and friends as Billy, Mr. Bodden was born on Little Cayman in 1938. The former seaman has devoted his life to encouraging development on the Brac and to service to the community.
The final Certificate and Badge awardee, Capt. Kirkconnell, has spent a life-time in entrepreneurship — serving as a role model for fellow seamen, shipping pioneer, businessman and committed volunteer in community service in the Sister Islands. He is father of Brac elected representative MLA Moses Kirkconnell and Nancy Ewing, who is president of high-tech Brac Informatics Centre Ltd.