Thirteen Solomon Islanders have been named recipients of this year’s Queens Honours and Awards in recognition of their respective work contributing to the development of the country.
Governor General Sir Frank Kabui announced the recipients yesterday during the ceremony to mark the Queen’s Birthday Anniversary at Lawson Tama in Honiara.
In his announcement, Sir Frank named the Order of the British Empire recipient and six recipients for the Member of the British Empire awards.
“Order of he British Empire (OBE) Bishop Richard Parcel Naramana for service to education, religion, commerce, business, the community and social development. Member of the British Empire (MBE) Steven Firibaea for service to the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force and community development, Walter Folotalu for service to national security, politics, the church and community development; Emmanuel Kouhota for service to policing, immigration, integrity institutions and the judiciary; Moddie Nanau for service to Broadcasting and the community; Moses Ramo for service to community empowerment and service development in the area of human rights; Right Reverend Nathan Tome for service to aviation, education, the church and community development.”
The Governor General also announced six recipients of the British Empire Medal.
“The British Empire Medal (BEM) Alfred Devesi Bouro for service to education, the church and community development; Ishmael Kaipulu for service to the church and community development; Annie Margaret Kiriau for service to commerce, business and raising awareness against violence against women; Doreen Cooper for service to commerce, business, diplomacy, culture, community and social development; Reverend Walter Devi Manerau for service to education, the church, sports and community development and lastly, Erick Taraihaka for service to healthcare in malaria control in the Malaita province.”
The 2015 Queens Honor and Awards recipients will officially receive their medals at next year’s event.