Tuesday 1 December, 2020

COVID-19 won't stop Barbados' Pride of Barbados Award distribution

St. Lucy's Pride of Barbados awardees in January, 2020

St. Lucy's Pride of Barbados awardees in January, 2020

While COVID-19 may have shattered this island’s We Gatherin’ plans, the Pride of Barbados Awards will continue.

At the turn of 2020, Barbados embarked on what was to be a year-long celebration with gatherings across every parish and even throughout the Diaspora. Each parish was tasked with hosting a month of activities with an island-wide celebration culminating in December.

As a part of those parish celebrations, Barbadians were being given the opportunity to put forward nominations for persons who, through sacrifice, diligence and dedication to service, have made outstanding contributions to community life, or to the improvement of economic and social conditions in their respective parishes.

A notice posted to the Government Information Service website yesterday (June 19) invited nominees for the 2020 Pride of Barbados Award. Nominations are being invited for the parishes of St. Joseph, St. John, St. George and St. Philip.

According to the original We Gatherin’ schedule, the months of April, May, June and July were to be hosted by these parishes for which nominations are now open. The deadline for submissions for the four parishes is Tuesday, July 7. Nominations cannot be mailed or hand-delivered but must be submitted online. The nomination form may be accessed here.

Earlier in the year, the parishes of St Lucy and St Peter hosted their Pride of Barbados awards but while St Thomas had begun its celebrations in March, it was in that same month that Barbados reported its first cases of the novel coronavirus on March 17. As the cases increased, the island experienced a number of restrictions for gathering and a period of shutdown. This brought the monthly festivities to a sudden and abrupt halt.

The Pride of Barbados Awards are to be conferred on persons who reside or have resided in a parish in Barbados, and who have been nominated by citizens or permanent residents of Barbados living in the respective parish, or who now live outside of Barbados.

For further information, persons are invited to contact the Cabinet Office, Government Headquarters, Bay Street, St. Michael at 535-5385 or 535-5499.

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