Among the list of 32 awardees of the various national awards, issued late yesterday by the Office of the President, are citizens recognised in community and public service, music, heritage and gallantry.
The ORTT was a no-show on the country's 54th anniversary of Independence. By contrast, two persons received the ORTT last year, former labour leader and former labour minister Errol McLeod and former minister and former leader of the Congress of the People (COP) Winston Dookeran.
The country's second-highest award—Chaconia Gold—was awarded to eight citizens.
Included among this year's awardees is former Express Woman editor Angela Martin, whose sudden passing three weeks ago shocked and saddened the media fraternity.
Martin was bestowed with the Medal for the Development of Women (Gold) for her contribution to journalism. A celebrant of women's achievements, Martin entered the field of journalism at the tender age of 20 when she enrolled in a media course. She worked as a features writer for both the Guardian and Express newspapers, and last held the position of editor of the Express Woman magazine.
Former director general of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Ramesh Lutchmedial, has been awarded the Chaconia Medal (Gold) for public service.
Lutchmedial told the Express yesterday he was “deeply humbled”:
“I sincerely thank the Prime Minister, Dr Keith Rowley, and his Government for recognising my contribution towards the development of aviation in Trinidad and Tobago and the region.”
Receiving the Hummingbird Medal (Gold) today is historian Angelo Bissessarsingh, whose work in research and the presentation and preservation of local heritage is widely recognised.
“I feel extremely humbled. I have spent most of my life doing the work that I do,” Bissessarsingh said.
“For people to have esteemed my work so much is an awesome experience.”
Also receiving recognition is deceased former senior forest officer Keith Campbell, who lost his life in March this year while battling an out-of-control bush fire on the Lady Chancellor Hill in March this year.
Campbell will be awarded, posthumously, the Hummingbird Medal (Bronze) for gallantry.
The National Awards ceremony is scheduled to be held today at Queen's Hall, Port of Spain, at 6 p.m.