Dobson among those honoured by Queen
Bermudians who helped to organise the America’s Cup last year were among a host of names recognised in the New Year’s Honours List.
Queen’s Certificate and Badge of Honour awards have been presented to more than 20 people who led ACBDA committees or worked “extraordinary hours” over the past two years to help deliver “a successful America’s Cup”, according to a government press release.
The America’s Cup team are joined by Bermuda Audubon Society president Andrew Dobson, social worker Glenda Edwards and educator Catherine Lapsley, who also collect the Queen’s Certificate and Badge of Honour.
Mr Dobson was recognised for his voluntary work in the Bermuda community over the past 28 years and his endeavour to protect Bermuda’s natural environment, in particular birds and their habitats.
“I am very honoured to receive it, but I feel it is really an honour for the Audubon Society and all that the society does,” Mr Dobson said.
“I feel that I am receiving it on behalf of the work that Audubon does in Bermuda to further conservation and protect the environment.
“It means a great deal to me and it’s certainly not something I expected. To be honoured in this way is nice recognition from the local community.”
Ms Edwards is well known in the community for promoting and protecting the safety and wellbeing of Bermuda’s children and families. A career in social work led to her position as supervisor of the Department of Child and Family Services for more than 30 years.
Mrs Lapsley has worked tirelessly to support Bermudian students seeking further education and careers in insurance as executive director of the Bermuda Foundation for Insurance Studies.
In addition to shepherding a scholarship programme, Mrs Lapsley also mentors students, provides networking and résumé advice, and helps improve interview skills for job seekers.
The Government press release stated: “The organisation of the 2017 America’s Cup was a unique accomplishment.
“The efforts of those involved in delivering and managing the America’s Cup resulted in the national image of Bermuda being considerably enhanced around the world. The America’s Cup would not have been achieved without the contribution of the recipients’ time, knowledge, professionalism, leadership and dedication.”
The Queen’s Certificate and Badge of Honour is awarded to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to public life or committed
themselves to serving and helping Bermuda.
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