Three Caymanians have been named in the Queen’s 2007 New Year’s Honours, with Charles Adams heading the list with as an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.
Effie Janet Johnson and Georgette Hereleen Myrie are named to be Members of the Order.
Six have been honoured with the award of the Cayman Islands Certificate and Badge of Honour: Dr. Kiran Kumar Alla, Hyacinth Rose, Seth Rees Arch, Michael Flowers, Peter Llewellyn Phillips, and Linegun Japheth Walton.
Charles Adams, the sole recipient this year of an OBE, has worn a number of different hats in his service to the Cayman community, including legal educator, legal draftsman, advisor on veterans’ affairs, planning matters, and financial services, and preserver of Caymanian heritage and culture.
He served as the president of the Cayman Islands Law Society, was founder and member of the Legal Advisory Council, and was associated with establishing the Cayman Islands Law School. He is a Justice of the Peace and has served as Magistrate.
Culturally, he was the founding Chairman of the Cayman Islands National Museum and was instrumental in drafting the Museum Law (1979). He has also been involved with the National Trust, played a primary role in conducting a survey of wrecks in Cayman waters by the Institution of Nautical Archaeology, and was founder of the Goldfield Foundation, set up to bring back to Cayman an original Caymanian turtling schooner The Goldfield, discovered in Seattle, US.
He was not only involved with the formation of the Cayman Islands Veterans’ Association in 1979 but also continues to serve as its Honorary Secretary, a position he has held for over 20 years.
Effie Johnson, receiving the MBE, has served the community as a Sunday school teacher for 35 years at Elmslie United; as a Church Home Group Hostess for 40 years; and as a George Town Girls Brigade Officer for 42 years. She served in the parent-teacher association of Cayman Prep, where she also assisted as a substitute teacher. She carried out all of these roles while raising two sons – Andrew and Nicholas.
Georgette Myrie, receiving the MBE, who retired from the civil service in 2001, is being honoured for her 40 years in government as well as her community service. She began her civil service career as an immigration officer, working her way up to Acting Chief Immigration Officer and Secretary to the Cayman Protection Board. From there she became the Islands’ first Labour Officer although she is best known for her service as Clerk of the Legislative Assembly.
Her community service continues today as a Justice of the Peace, serving as a member of the council and presiding over the juvenile court. Mrs. Myrie also serves as a member of the Prison Inspection Board and the Parole Board.
Badge of Honour
Dr. Kiran Kumar Alla, among those receiving the Cayman Islands Certificate and Badge of Honour, is the Director of Public Health. Dr. Kumar is being honoured for services to the community and to the medical profession. As Director of Public Health, he is responsible for disease control, immunisation, school health promotion and primary health care dispensed through district health centres.
Seth (Boosie) Arch, recognised for his services to the community, has been playing his part in maintaining traditions in the Cayman Islands by preserving and restoring Caymanian homes for more than 40 years. Following an early seafaring life, he settled in to do what he loves most, using his hands to return Caymanian homes to their past glory. These homes, the fruit of Boosie’s labour, can be found the length and breadth of Grand Cayman. He recently completed restoration of the Mission House in Bodden Town. When not building, he is to be found in the yard with his parakeets, or fishing for conch when in season.
Michael Flowers, recognised for his services to the community, is a restaurateur/businessman/entrepreneur/church and community worker. He is perhaps best know for his pioneering efforts in establishing the Taste of Cayman, which has evolved into a major local and tourist attraction that generates money for charity. The ebullient owner and operator of the Lone Star Bar and Grill is associated with several other community and church-based voluntary activities.
Peter Llewellyn Phillips, recognised for his services to the community, helped establish the Cayman Drama Society in 1970, guiding its growth and the construction of the Prospect Playhouse with the late Mr. Tony Rowlands. Mr. Phillips was also involved in the evolution of Pirates Week and was instrumental in the development of a Rotary project to construct the Bonaventure Boys Home and the Frances Bodden Girls Home – both of which continue to be operated by government in the service of the people. He has also served on the Boards of these children’s homes.
Honoured for her services to the nursing profession and to the community, Hyacinth Rose is a Registered Nurse, Certified Midwife, and a Certified Nursing Instructor who has dedicated much of her life to nursing education. She was appointed head of the Cayman Islands Nursing School in 1972.
In the community she is known for her work at the Bodden Town Church of God, where she supports her husband, Pastor Winston Rose, in a number of roles. She is well known for her interest in parenting education, writing columns for local newspapers and speaking on the subject to a variety of audiences. She has also taught music for many years.
Linegun Japheth Walton, a Cayman Bracker, is recognised for his services to the construction industry and to the community. He is a former seaman and boat builder, who turned to construction on his return home. He is associated with the building of many key aspects of Cayman Brac and Grand Cayman’s government infrastructure. Today, he continues as a church and community worker.