TOP: Chairman of the Cacique Awards Harrison Thompson brings remarks;LEFT: Permanent Secretary Harrison Thompson shares a warm moment with Clement T. Maynard Lifetime Achievement Winner Nathaniel "Piccolo Pete" Saunders; RIGHT: 16th Cacique Clement T. Maynard Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Nathaniel "Piccolo Pete" Saunders of Bimini.
Nassau, Bahamas - After weeks of submissions
from the general public, the Blue Ribbon Panel has revealed its selections for
finalists for the 16th Cacique Awards.
The nomination process began
in early October and since then members of the public have nominated hundreds
of tourism’s finest.
Nominations were submitted
for the following categories – Transportation, Local Airlines and Tour Operators, Human Resources
Development, Sports and Leisure, Special Events, Creative Arts, Handicraft,
Sustainable Tourism, the Clement T. Maynard Lifetime Achievement Award and the
Minister's Hospitality Award.
The seven-member Blue Ribbon
Panel includes Chairman Antonius Roberts, Chairman of the Cacique Awards Harrison
Thompson, Angela Cleare, E. John Deleveaux, Herman "Rudy" Sawyer (Grand Bahama), Reginald "Reg"
Smith (Exuma), Stan Burnside and Romeo Farrington.
During a press conference held recently, Mr.
Roberts stressed that it was not an easy task for the seven-member committee to
never an easy task to select finalists from among the many nominations
submitted by the general public for recognition of their talents and hard
work,” he said.
humbled by the significant contributions to The Bahamas of these individuals
and organizations. We take this opportunity to thank the general public for
taking part in the nomination process and supporting the Cacique Awards.”
for Transportation are Paul Levarity of Bimini, Cheryl Fox Cambridge of Nassau,
Albury’s Ferry Service Ltd. of Abaco.
Resources Development, the finalists are Kevin Tomlinson of Grand Bahama and
Sonia Cox-Hamilton of Nassau.
Local Airlines and Tour Operators finalists are
Juan Moss of Nassau, Cherokee Aviation of Abaco and Majestic Holidays of
and Leisure, the finalists are Andra “Andy” Smith of Andros, Ebenezer “Bonefish
Ebbie” David - Bimini and Thomas
“Bonefish Tommy” Sewell – Bimini.
Special Events, the finalists are Mark Knowles Celebrity Invitational of Nassau,
the National Family Island Regatta Committee of Exuma and Victorine
Bannister-Collie of Nassau.
Creative Arts, the finalists are James Pinder of Bimini, Jessica Colebrooke of
Nassau and Kevin Tomlinson of Grand Bahama.
Handicraft, the finalists are Roganna Wilchcombe & Vernetta Frith of Grand
Bahama, Ellamae Brennen of Berry Islands, James Pinder of Bimini.
For Sustainable Tourism, the finalists are
Charles and Theresa Knowles of Long Island, Bimini Sands Activities Center of Bimini
and Candace Key of Abaco.
a special announcement for the Minister’s Award for Hospitality will be made at
a later date.
for the hotel categories were also announced.
for Employee of the Year are Michael Hall-Glinton of Grand Lucayan (Grand
Bahama), Schaetra Knowles of Atlantis (Paradise Island) and Lavardo Knowles of
British Colonial Hilton of Nassau.
Supervisor of the Year, the finalists are Sandra Rolle of Sandals Royal
Bahamian Spa Resort (Nassau), Sharaca Frazier-McDonald of British Colonial
Hilton (Nassau) and Clement Butler of Atlantis Paradise Island.
for Manager of the Year are Jamal Glover of Comfort Suites (Paradise Island),
Glenroy Pratt of Atlantis Resort (Paradise Island) and Nathan Duncan of British
Colonial Hilton (Nassau).
Sales Executive of the Year, the finalists
are Chryzamuem Williams of Sandals Emerald Bay Exuma and Shantillya Sands of Comfort
Suites (Paradise Island).
The winners of each category
will be revealed at the Cacique Awards, which will be held at the Melia Nassau
January 24, 2015 at the Melia Nassau Resort.
Tickets will be available come December 1, 2014
at the Ministry of Tourism.
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