New Year’s Honours: Meredith Andrews and Nikita Robinson awarded Queen’s Certificate and Badge of Honour
Two Bermudians have been recognised for their service to the island in the New Year’s Honours List.
The Queen’s Certificate and Badge of Honour was awarded to Meredith Andrews for services to the environment, and to Nikita Robinson for services to the community in broadcasting.
Ms Andrews has worked as an artist and photographer for almost 20 years, including working at The Royal Gazette.
Her creations include portrait, documentary and lifestyle photography.
Ms Andrews got special recognition for her work with ocean plastics, and highlighting its devastating impact on the environment.
She has used shoreline plastic waste for artwork to draw attention to the problem, while campaigning to find solutions.
Her clean-ups have inspired others around the island to do likewise, while her repurposed art has been featured throughout Bermuda.
Her environmental work has gained international recognition while raising the profile of the island.
Ms Robinson is well known as the midday radio personality at Magic102.7 FM, where she hosts the popular weekday programme Ladies Room.
Ms Robinson’s enthusiastic greeting of her daily listening audience is a hallmark of her shows, and has brought reassurance to the community during the troubled times of the pandemic.
A driven advocate for youth literacy, Ms Robinson won recognition in January 2010 from the CedarBridge Academy Literacy Team.
In February 2011, she was recipient of the Bermuda Reading Association First Literacy Advocate Award.
She launched the Ladies Room Annual World Book Day birthday book drive in May 2011.
Ten years on, the programme has flourished, expanding to middle and highs schools, with libraries receiving free books as well.
The annual event includes community partners going to schools and reading to children on World Book Day.
Ms Robinson’s daily sign-off motto is “UME: Uplifting, Motivating, and Encouraging you and me”.
She shares her message both on and off the air to inspire and empower her listening audience and the wider community.