Call goes out for royal gong nominations

| 06/05/2011

(CNS): Members of the public are being invited to submit nominations to Governor, Duncan Taylor ahead of the New Year royal gongs for 2012. Nominations must be received by Friday 20 May. As usual, nominations must be supported by persuasive accounts about why the individual is deserving of being included in the Queen’s New Year Honours. Nominees must have made outstanding, innovative or self-sacrificing achievements and services, paid or unpaid, in one field or several. Nominators should explain what has raised them above others performing similar services. It is stressed that for any of the awards, long service is not enough.

The final recommendations for OBEs and MBEs are considered in the United Kingdom but recommendations for the Certificate and Badge of Honour are considered locally.

Honours nomination forms can be requested by e-mail from Copies can also be found on the governor’s office website (

Nominators are asked to make every effort to fully complete all the relevant sections. Once completed, the forms should be submitted, under confidential cover, to the Governor’s Office. While all recommendations will be acknowledged, the Governor’s Office cannot enter into correspondence about the action taken on them.

For any further information please contact the Governor’s Office on 244 2402.

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  1. Cayman Bracker to the core says:

    I say we nominate Julie. We now have the best paved roads and parking lots in all three islands plus we have the cheapest gas prices (Julie got Mac not to put the tax on us) and we are getting the Hurricane Hilton and hopefully a marina soon.

    Grand Cayman, it may not be a whole lot of us in Cayman Brac but we are going to have the best in all three islands. We are going to be set up so nice everybody will want to come over here where the government (Julie) takes good care of us.

    Julie, all you need to get us now is two nice B737-800 jets exclusively for Cayman Brac so that we can have non-stop flights from Canada and the USA  and don't forget we still need that cruise ship dock that Chuckie didn't want us to have.

    Julie will be the next Premier so why not give her an award from the Queen now.

    • Anonymous says:

      Cayman Brac is "de bomb."  we got Julie, eat your heart out Grand Cayman!!


      Spend Julie, spend….

      • Anonymous says:

        I tried to move to the Brac but was told that my old rough accent from the "Grand" would not fit in, and that I need to practice the silky sound of St. Lucia if I wanted to get ahead.

  2. West Bayer says:

    When we gunna see Sookie and Ziekel and their acting crew, Rita E, Quincy B. Micheal M. etc….nominated???? THEY THE CLOSEST THING WE GOT LEFT TO CAYMAN HERITAGE!! But ain't dat typical doh? Foreigners 1st, rich caymanians 2nd and close political ties to the leading party 3rd!







  3. Governor's Office says:

    The nomination form and accompanying guidance canbe found on the following page on the Governor's Office website:

  4. Anonymous says:

    Unfortunately blogging about who should get means absolutely nothing because no one who has the authority to advance a nomination for these awards will be sifting through CNS threads to see who is going to be nominated.

    I agree with some of the names mentioned, but chatting about who should get means nothing if someone dosen't take time out to get the form and fill in the application.

    It's really not that hard and otherwise pointless talking about who deserves and who doesn't.  One thing is guaranteed.  Whoever gets it will have an application submitted on their behalf and not just have admirers blogging about their merits.


  5. Anonymous says:

    The three Heros of last week should get the Queens Award,

    They defiently should be awarded,as they put their lives on the line to catch the 2 Armed robbers, And they should be given a monetary reward too. Many crimes may be solved now or prevented as the community will be now rewarded or compensated for their imformation. It will be money well spent.

    other than After the Fact Police..   

  6. Anonymous says:

    How about one of our Athletes.
    Cydonie brought us our first ever Commonwealth Gold!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Henry Muttoo, Director of the CNCF for his many years and efforts of contribution to the arts and preservation of what little Caymanian culture we have left. I’ve nominated him before and he keeps being overlooked.  

  8. Lorna Bush says:

    Peter, it’s not necessary for you to get the support of prople on this forum or anywhere else for that matter.  Just download the form or email to Jacqueline Hennings as the Press Release instructs.  It really only needs one person to make the nomination with supporting evidence of why you think this is a worthy candidate. Just go ahead Peter; I think Jerry is deserving and that he would appreciate it too.

  9. petermilburn says:

    If I can get the support of the folks on here I intend to officially nominate Gerry Harper for some sort of award in the Queens New Years list.I have never seen anyone work so hard to help young and old to get out and support the many runs walks and rides that he helps to order to help raise funds for the many many charities.
    He is also a good friendand always willing to help in any way he can.If any one deserves an award it is certainly Gerry.

    • Anonymous says:

      It’s Jerry, not Gerry. How well do you really know him? I suspect he would rather have well paying steady employment in return for his efforts. Can you assist with that?

      • petermilburn says:

        I just love you anonymous people.So I spelt his name wrong.An honest mistake.That does not change the man and what he has done for the islands.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Maybe Mac could dream up some more local awards like the Asphalt Cross and the Badge of Dredged Mangroves.

  11. Anonymous says:

    It’s got to be Big Mac or JuJu.  They are running the biggest gong show I have ever seen.

  12. Anonymous says:

    I can not find the nomination form on the Governors web site.  CNS could you post a link directly to the form?

    CNS: Sorry, I can’t find it either. Email Ms Hennings and ask her for the form and maybe let her know that it’s not on the Governor’s website. If anyone can find it I’ll attach it here.

    • Uncivil Servant says:

      Thank you for your query, I am currently out of office on lunch break and will be back in the office sometime on Tuesday of next week. I will endeavour to answer your question within two working weeks of my return.

      The form soon come.

      • Cybil Suirvant says:

        I see that this is a reply from one of the more modern proactive civil servants. 

        The normal true response is:

        "I am playing on my Blackberry.  I will not get back to you.  If you call enough times you might catch me out and I’ll answer the phone thinking you might be one of my girlfriends.  But even then I will tell you "No" unless you are my cousin.  God bless jobs for life with excessive benefits".

  13. Anonymous says:

    I think Nancy from Divetech should be nominated for her selfless andtireless work in bringing the USS Kitiwake here and sinking her as a new dive attraction.

    • Anonymous says:

      Well she benefits too from what was done,afterall. How about nominating someone who does something or performs a service with absolutely nothing to gain from it, except the joy of helping others?

    • Lorna Bush says:

      Anyone can submit the nomination. Why not you since you think it is due? Let us not always wait for someone else to take the iniatiative.


    • Ron Kipp says:

      Nancy worked very very hard for 7 years to make this event happen for the benefit of Cayman tourism. A lesser individual would have given up many times. She deserves consideration of any award available.

  14. Billy X. Pat says:

    I’d like to nominate myself, on the basis that I contribute a lot of hard work to the Island despite the fact that a whole bunch of people, including some politicians, seem to hate me for no good reason. Where do I apply? I’m a good guy who contributes to the Island and I deserve some recognition.

    • Anonymous says:

      here’s a pat on the back and a hearty hand-shake for ya.  Well done lad. 

  15. Mr. De molay says:

    That criteria should just about rule out 80% of the present and past recipients and could you please add not a member of the faternal brotherhood as it would appear that is right up there with long service to who and what????????? I agree some need a Gong not necessarily a royal one just to wake them up from some of the delusions of grandeur which they suffer from 24/7 ,which by the way helps them forget their very troublesome past.I must congradulate the Governors Office for being awake or awaken to the truth. My compliments to you Governor Duncan Taylor.

    • anon says:

      "Pearls among swine" is the phrase I think for many of the previous recipients of such honours in Cayman. Mind you her Maj.’s Govt doesn’t care – to her it’s just the modern day equivalent of offering coloured glass to the natives of a foreign land before exploiting it. They cost nothing, but their worth is devalued by too many past recipients being political figures. Even McKeeva’s got an OBE for Chrissake! 

  16. Anonymous says:

    Pipa! Pipa! Pipa! 

  17. Anonymous says:

    I would like to nominate Capt. Eugene Ebanks, so we can know once and for all if he is a real person or not.

  18. Libertarian says:

    ***** I concur!

  19. local says:

    May I declare that the Royal Gong Nomination goes to: –

    Charles Ebanks, aka. Challo
    Edward Azan – the fisherman; and,
    Ray MacGuire…

    I would hate to see it go to a politician full of lies and false promises!

    • T-Q says:

      BIGZ UP to Charles, Edward, and Ray!!!

    • Anonymous says:

      The new Caymanian Batman & Robin! We need more heroes like Charles & Eddie. They are dazzling examples of "backbone", and values that seem to be missing in most of our citizens, especially our leaders. These men are made of the stuff which was once commonplace in Cayman. 

  20. Anonymous says:

    I nominate Coach Jerry Harper for an award. Since the mid-70’s Jerry has given value beyond what he has been paid to nurture and develop our children in the field of sports (pun intended). 

    Signed: An appreciative Caymanian (no insulting expat comments welcome)

    • Anonymous says:

      I have to second that. I’m sure that he has “saved” quite a few kids from their unsupporting “families” by providing a reason for motivation towards something worthwhile. Once a kid sees that if you are willing to work for something you believe in you CAN and WILL achieve great things – that lesson will carry on into the rest of their lives. I believe that if you want something enough you can have it – the sky is NOT the limit. The limit is is actually yourself. If you believe then you CAN!

      • Anonymous says:

        So true, Anon 22:46 and he had to cope with the constant plotting against him in earlier years by a lady who wanted him off the island so she could get to go on all the free trips all over the world as the team “coach”. What a joke! Happily after being removed from the island, someone had the sense to bring him back. Keep up the good work, Mr Harper. Many of us Caymanians appreciate you.

    • Anonymous says:

      i vote for Jerry. go pilgrim !

    • Just Sayin' says:

      I bet Jerry would prefer a case of Red Stripe

  21. Anonymous says:

    They should have used this photo on the new money instead of the one with the grumpy face!

  22. Anonymous says:

    Charles and Eddie!!!

  23. Sceptic Al says:

    Oh Lord, here we go again. Lets see who else we can put on a pedestal for showing up to work and doing their job and only using 3/4 of their allocated sick days.

    • The living legends says:

      Ooooooh yeah i can think of a few more Cayman desperado’s around ya who ‘s past has been cover over with Lily white Vanilla icing Who’s criminal past & deeds and a God fearing self righteous future has made them icons and pioneers, ain’t nothing like the old Royal gong to make all legitimate in this counterfeit modern society. booooya

      • Anonymous says:

         Those that is most deserving of these awards always work very quietly and discretely in the communities. I can think of at least two ladies that work equal to any Service Club or Politician.