Bermudians honoured at Drum Major Awards
Four Bermudians were honoured at the PLP's annual Drum Major Awards for their contributions to the island.
Marie Lilah Tucker, Lynette Harvey, Eldon Raynor and the late Allan Warner were each recognised in the event on Sunday, held as part of the party's 53rd Founder's Day event.
A PLP spokeswoman described Ms Tucker as a dedicated employee of the Child Development Programme who has gone over and above the call of duty.
“She has been a Senior Mentor for YouthNet, always displaying patience and kindness to young people,” the spokeswoman said. “Throughout her life, she has opened her home and, more importantly, her heart and has given her last so that others less fortunate can be better off.”
Meanwhile, Ms Harvey was recognised for her continued assistance to various government departments after her retirement from the Ministry of Health, where she had long served as an accounts clerk.
“Her greatest love has been working with the Pathfinder Club since 1976,” the spokeswoman added. “She was an area coordinator where she led out as the Master Guide Club Instructor.”
Longstanding cricketer Mr Raynor was honoured for his work with young athletes, with the spokeswoman saying: “He has represented Bermuda internationally and is an inspiring community gentleman who has donated countless times to youth and senior cricket, softball and netball funds over the years.”
Mr Warner, the late leader of the Warner Gombeys, was recognised with a posthumous award.
“Allan began dancing at the age of three and, as taught by his elders, he learnt the Gombey dances which depicted oppression, slavery, freedom and life,” the spokeswoman said. “Under Allan's leadership, many young men were provided opportunities to be ambassadors for Bermuda by performing at numerous international events, allowing Allan and his dancers to spread Bermuda's name worldwide and to highlight the legacy of the Gombey Dancer.
“Allan Warner was a father, uncle, cousin, friend and tourism ambassador. He represented the best of our community both locally and abroad.”
Keynote speaker senator Renee Ming called on attendees to share their experiences and hold their parliamentarians account.
“Being heard doesn't always mean that we will agree,” she said. “But through dialogue, communication and inclusion we can agree to disagree and find a common space.
“As parliamentarians, we have a job to do; our work consists of tasks either suggested, requested and assigned to us from you. It's our job to have a vision for your future. Your children and grandchildren deserve a framework that allows for Bermudians to excel in Bermuda.”