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Seniors honoured during Heritage Month

Several island seniors have been honoured as part of an annual event.

More than two dozen people were recognised at the Seniors Awards Ceremony held at the Bermuda National Gallery.

Dale Butler, a former government MP and minister, social activist, journalist and unionist LaVerne Furbert, and James E. Smith, a scholar and human rights activist were among those honoured.

This year's event included special recognition to showcase people who attended or taught at The Berkeley Institute.

Jason Hayward, the Junior Minister of Labour, Community Affairs and Sport, presented the awards.

Mr Hayward said the event was a “wonderful highlight on the Heritage Month calendar”.

He added: “To all our seniors here today, this is a fitting time when the Government can collectively celebrate your contribution to our society.

“The historical legacy that you have created certainly is unparalleled and it's something that we should all uphold and cherish.”

The following seniors were recognised in the following categories:

2018 Centenarians

Family of Angeline Bean (posthumous)

Dolly Davis

Laura Gaiton

Elizabeth Kitson

Winifred Oatley

Deolinda “Dorothy” Pacheco

Ruby Sampson

Senior awardees affiliated with The Berkeley Institute:

Marva Allen

Kalmia “Joan” Blades

Marva Bridgewater

Maxine Esdaille

Gloria Frederick

June Hill

Family of Patricia Avril Holder (posthumous)

Ellen-Kate Horton

Robert Horton

Eunice Jones

Roderic Pearman

Mervin “Denny” Richardson

Llewellyn Eugene Simmons

Marlene Warren

Sinclair White

Recognising our seniors: Jason Hayward, the Junior Minister of Labour, Community Affairs and Sport, is shown with some of the more than two dozen people honoured in the 2019 Seniors Awards Ceremony at the Bermuda National Gallery (Photograph supplied)

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Published May 20, 2019 at 9:00 am (Updated May 20, 2019 at 8:58 am)

Seniors honoured during Heritage Month

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