Members of the public are encouraged to submit names of individuals they would like to be considered for Her Majesty the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
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 over a sustained period of time. Where possible, nominations should be for those who are still active in their area of focus, may have recently retired or had a recent significant achievement.
Any member of the public can put forward a nomination. Typical categories and achievements include, but are not limited to:
- making a difference to their community or field of work;
- enhancing Bermuda’s reputation;
- long-term voluntary service;
- innovation and entrepreneurship;
- changing things, with an emphasis on achievement;
- improving life for people less able to help themselves; or
- displaying moral courage and doing difficult things.
Honours are given to people involved in activities such as:
- Community, voluntary and local services
- Arts and media
- Science and technology
- Business and the economy
- Civil or political service
In issuing the joint request for nominations, His Excellency the Governor, Mr George Fergusson said, “The honours are a good way to say thank you to those who have made outstanding contributions to the society we live in. There are many unsung heroes in Bermuda who quietly contribute in all kinds of important ways to improve the lives of Bermudians.”
The Premier and Minister of National Security, The Hon. Michael Dunkley, JP, MP, added, “Each year we welcome submissions from the public of people they feel should be given an honour, people whose work may otherwise not be known by the wider community. This is an opportunity to pay homage to those who work tirelessly for and on behalf of others and a chance to say thank you for years of hard work and dedication.”
Queen’s Certificate Nomination forms can be downloaded from www.gov.bm/governor-bermuda. Completed nomination forms must be received by The Cabinet Office by not later than 5:00pm on April 29, 2016.
Applications will also be received at that time for nominations to be considered for the 2017 Queen’s New Year’s Honours List, these awards include knighthoods and other high honours such as MBE and OBE.
Note: Those who nominate an individual they consider worthy of an Honour are requested not to advise the individual or discuss the matter with them.