Queen bestows honours

Pastor Winston Audley Rose and Mr. Paul Henry Richard Smith have each been made a Member of the Order of the British Empire.

Mr. Rose received the honour for hi services to the community in the Cayman Islands and Mr. Smith for services to the aviation industry.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II recognised the two in her 2008 Birthday Honours list.

Governor Stuart Jack has also named five Caymanians to receive the Cayman Islands Certificate and Badge of Honour.

One of the recipients was Mr. Brian Richard Selby Uzzell, who was recognised for services to the media industry.

He is the managing director of Cayman Free Press and publisher of the Caymanian Compass as well as other titles.

Mrs Patricia E. Bradley is honoured for services to eco-tourism, and Mr. Andy Elton Martin for services to the tourism industry and performing arts. Dr Francis Marilyn McIntyre gains recognition for services to the medical profession and to the community.

Honoured for services to the community on the Sister Islands is Mrs. Wanda Marie Ann Tatum.

Profiles of the individuals who were awarded will appear in today’s Compass and throughout the week.

Pastor Rose

Pastor Winston Rose describes his early life as being typical old-time Caymanian: He grew up on conch, fish and lobster, walked mostly everywhere, and went to sea as a young man.

He fondly remembers his years in Barkers, West Bay at the home of grandparents Ella and Uriah Powery.

‘There were lots of cousins and we fished, swam and played all day long. Everything about the sea was wonderful to us. Not that times weren’t tough though – they were. Back then people knew about scarcity,’ he explains.

When he was five his mother, Faith Powery, moved to George Town so he could get a good education. There Pastor Rose attended the Seventh Day Adventist School under the watchful eye of Gleeda Forbes, but for school holidays, he headed straight back to Barkers.

Then at 17, he went to sea. After five years traveling the world he returned to Cayman, but in 1965, the recipient of a three-year scholarship from the UK Ministry of Overseas Development, he was off again. This time it was to study marine radio communication in Manchester. It was there that his life turned around after what he describes as an encounter with Jesus Christ.

At home once more, he accepted a position with Cable and Wireless but more importantly, he became an active member of the George Town Church of God. Responding to a shortage of pastors, he and other laymen took on the responsibility of preaching to and leading the congregation.

After marrying Hyacinth Webb in 1971, he moved to Bodden Town and the following year the local congregation asked him to accept leadership of the church. Fuelled by his passion for God, Pastor Rose agreed.

For the next few decades he continued to lead his congregation, while still working with Cable and Wireless to make ends meet. Also during those years he and his wife raised three sons, Phillip, Samuel and Joel.

Finally, after 30 years in telecommunications, Pastor Rose was able to turn to his true calling and become full-time pastor for the Bodden Town Church of God. However, as he quickly explains, ‘Although my first love is my church and being a pastor, I still enjoyed my years in telecommunications, because everything I was doing was in service of God.’

C&W career and church aside, Pastor Rose has also made time for other community commitments. He served on the then Cayman Islands Protection Board and on the Public Service Commission for several years. He is a trustee of the National Recovery Fund and was a long-standing member of Triple C School’s board of directors.

As he reflects on his long years of service today, Pastor Rose remains convinced that for a country to be successful it must have good leadership and strong families.

‘We live in a complex world and in order to navigate it, we need wise people with integrity to lead us and we need strong men to head our families,’ he says.

An eternal optimist, Pastor Rose also teaches that there is a plan and purpose for all. And his over-riding message to others? ‘The secret of true happiness doesn’t lie in receiving things or having people do things for you; instead, it comes from serving others.’

Mr. Smith

Growing up as a preacher’s son was not always easy, recalls Director General of Cayman Civil Aviation Paul Henry Richard Smith with a smile.

‘You had to set an example and my father was strict when it came to doing the right thing,’ he says. In fact, he credits parents Reverend Jarold and Carmena Smith, for also raising him with a solid work ethic, teaching him that hard work was necessary to achieve goals.

And a glance at Mr Smith’s career in aviation confirms that such straightforward discipline paid dividends: Under his leadership, CAA has entered a new era, becoming one of the first Overseas Territories’ regulatory bodies to achieve a standard permitting control of all aspects of aviation regulation within the Cayman Islands.

Over the last few years, CAA has also extended its aircraft registry considerably; now, airplanes from all over the world are on its books.

Ever the quintessential Caymanian, Mr Smith reminisces about life in North Side in an era that preceded electricity, paved roads and piped water.

‘Everyone did something to survive. We raised chickens and my brother and I had to deliver the eggs by bicycle! No easy task on a bumpy sand road, let me tell you,’ he says.

The path from egg delivery boy to CAA Director also wasn’t easy. At just 14, he became an architect-apprentice to AL Thompson, but then came a school visit from former CAA Director Sheldon Hislop. That led to a visit to the air traffic control tower and according to Mr Smith, ‘I remember thinking how exciting it was-and I was sold!’ That visit represented the start of his career in aviation under Mr. Hislop’s expert and dedicated guidance, Mr. Smith said.

In 1976 he enrolled in the Civil Aviation Department as a trainee air traffic controller. However, needing to experience more than one side of operations, Mr. Smith also decided to earn his private pilot’s licence.

‘I wanted to fully understand what pilots have to contend with and what it is like to receive orders from air traffic controllers.’

A few years later he was tasked with obtaining a commercial pilot’s licence and flew Boeing 737s for Cayman Airways for a few years.

‘I enjoyed flying, but that wasn’t the career for me-I was destined to be a good regulator. And as such, it was important to gain as much hands-on experience as I could, in all aspects of aviation,’ he explains.

His learning years took him into all areas of the aviation industry, and his formal training embraced airport operations management and development planning, as well as aircraft accident investigation.

The effort and the training paid off for in 1995 he was appointed CAA director and that same year he also became chairman of the then National Hurricane Committee’s Evacuation Sub-Committee.

As Cayman’s top aviation regulator, Mr. Smith has for the past five years represented the UK Caribbean Overseas Territories on the board of directors of Air Safety Support International, a subsidiary of the UK Civil Aviation Authority, charged with aviation oversight for the British Overseas Territories. In November 2004, he also became a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.

In 2005 he received the Cayman Islands Certificate and Badge of Honour for service to the country following Hurricane Ivan. Faced with crowds trying to leave after the storm, he rallied air traffic controller Troy McCoy and together they cleared the runway of debris, allowing the first planes could land. ‘We couldn’t use heavy equipment in case it damaged the surface, so we cleared every single rock by hand,’ he says.

Dedicating this latest award to Civil Aviation staff and to his family, wife Ninfa and daughters, Chelsea, Krystian, Amy and Maya, Mr. Smith says he still has a lot more do in his profession and he hopes to continue moving Cayman’s aviation forward.

And to Cayman’s young people who are seeking a career, his advises, ‘Look toward aviation. It’s an incredibly exciting field with new products and aircraft being developed all the time. It is truly a rewarding path to choose.’

Mr. Uzzell

Over the last three decades, Cayman’s media industry has gained from Mr. Brian Richard Selby Uzzell’s dedication.

In recognition of his contributions, he receives the Cayman Islands Certificate and Badge of Honour.

Mr. Uzzell was born in 1936 in Derby, England and later moved to Westcliff-on-Sea, where he attended grammar school.

Family finances led to an early – aged 16 – start in a marketing-linked arena and even as an adolescent he quickly learned to appreciate what he had.

But it wasn’t until the 1972 opening of a marketing company that he launched his durable and dedicated career in Cayman’s media industry.

He was soon tasked with conducting a feasibility study for Cayman Publishing Company and Cayman Free Press, which was then in economic distress. His appointment as general manager followed in 1974, together with a challenge to achieve an economic turnaround for the company.

While he lacked previous experience in publishing, his self-studied some 50 books about the trade, before launching additional printing services. Within two years he had repaid most critical debts, avoided liquidation and restored economic viability.

Today Buzz remains at the helm of Cayman Free Press. He is both managing director and major shareholder of what is arguably Cayman’s most successful publishing company. Its impact on the Islands and on the media is unquestioned, with the Caymanian Compass educating the public on freedom of information and regularly highlighting the value of local history and culture.

Even after so many years, Mr. Uzzell remains passionate about his industry.

‘Media is all about people; one has to like them, find good in them and sympathise with their causes, in order to impact their life and culture – and through media, you can do it all.’

He further holds that responsible, accurate, independent and unbiased reporting is the only way to achieve public trust, a stand that he continues to impart to colleagues.

Throughout his life he has held tight to his belief in integrity, respect, humility, and honesty and he can always make time for someone in need of assistance. He urges the younger generation to have the courage of their convictions and to seize the moment – but to do so with integrity.

Outside of his professional life, he is passionate about jazz and is an avid participant and supporter in and of a wide range of sports.

Commenting on his award, he said that he is deeply honoured to be recognised by the community and country that he calls home and he will always endeavour to uphold the principles that all recipients should be proud to embrace.

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