(GIS) – The Governor General of Saint Lucia, His Excellency Sir Emmanuel Neville Cenac, hosted the Investiture of the recipients of her Majesty the Queen’s birthday honours for June 2019 into the order of Chivalry of the most Excellent Order of the British Empire.
The order of chivalry was initially created to reward the efforts by the civilians and servicemen in support positions during World War 1.
Solange Charles Belizare, Assistant Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Governor General explained: “Since its institution, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second has made subsequent alterations to the statute of ordinances of the order, so that awards are now given to those who make distinguished and notable contributions to their community or country.”
Of the 11 recipients who were honoured under the Order of Chilvalry of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, eight received their honors in Saint Lucia, while three opted to receive their Investiture in the United Kingdom. Amongst the 11 individuals was Joseph Reilly Dolcy who served for 31 years in the Saint Lucia Fire Service.
Natalie Jolie-Fanis said: “Mr. Joseph Dolcy spent most of his life devoted to serving his country in the fire service. He is a highly-recognized firefighter. He has also acquired various skills and became certified in auto mechanics.”
Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, Hon. Allen Chastanet congratulated the awardees on receiving such a prestigious award.
“This is the kind of service that should be exemplified,” he said. “We must not allow our heroes to go unrecognized.”
The Investiture of the recipients of her Majesty the Queen’s Birthday Honours for June 2019 into the order of Chivalry of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, took place on Nov. 15.