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20 ‘pandemic heroes’ to be honoured @ NLBC’s Heroes’ Sunday Service

- 2021 honourees represent the largest cohort of honourees for annual service
The 2021 Honourees include, from left: Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1)—Premier and Minister of Finance, Honourable Carvin Malone (AL)—Minister of Health and Social Development, Ms Petrona N. Davies—Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health and Social Development and Dr Ronald E. Georges—Former CEO of BVIHSA and Acting Chief Medical Officer. Photo: Provided
To date, New Life Baptist Church in Duff’s Bottom has honoured 65 Virgin Islands Unsung Heroes. Photo: VINO/File
To date, New Life Baptist Church in Duff’s Bottom has honoured 65 Virgin Islands Unsung Heroes. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI—The Virgin Islands being able to effectively manage the COVID-19 pandemic to the point where there is currently no recorded case of COVID-19 in the territory did not come by accident but by an intentional and effective plan that saw various departments and entities working systematically to keeping the territory safe.

The New Life Baptist Church has recognized this and will honour a group of 20 people at its 17th Annual Service of Recognition for Virgin Islands Unsung Heroes (Heroes’ Sunday) on Sunday, February 28, 2021.

The 20 selected honourees, NLBC said in a press release on February 25, 2021, were chosen for their acts of service related to the COVID-19 pandemic.


It said this year’s honourees have been broken into five categories: The Frontline Honourees, representing those who were first tasked with measures and procedures to stop the virus from widely spreading throughout the Virgin Islands; The Remedies for Reality Honourees, those who were tasked with assisting and providing for persons in need of groceries and other critical services during the lockdown periods; The Onset and Management Honourees, who were tasked with managing the virus once confirmed cases were announced; The Physical Defense and Border Protection Honourees, who were instrumental in maintaining the safety of residents and the security of our borders and The “New Regular” Honourees, tasked with re-entry protocols, vaccinations and daily virus management.


The 2021 Honourees are:  Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1)—Premier and Minister of Finance, Honourable Carvin Malone (AL)—Minister of Health and Social Development, Mrs Tashi O’Flaherty-Maduro—Private Secretary to the Minister of Health and Social Development, Ms Petrona N. Davies—Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health and Social Development, Ms Adrianna Soverall—Acting Public Health Communication Specialist and Information Officer for the Ministry of Health and Social Development, Dr Irad Potter—Chief Medical Officer, Ms Asha Romney—Accounts Officer, II in the Ministry of Health and Social Development, Dr Ronald E. Georges—Former CEO of BVIHSA and Acting Chief Medical Officer, Mr E. Lionel Michael—Chief Environmental Health Officer, Ms Harmonie Brewley-Messiah—National Epidemiologist, Ms Collette McGurdy—Laboratory Manager at the Dr. D. Orlando Smith Hospital, Mr Jevaughn J. Parsons—Director of Taxi & Livery Commission (TLC), Ms Jacinth Hannibal—Chief Nursing Officer, Ms Lynette Harrigan—Niche Marketing Manager at the BVI Tourist Board, Ms Felice Swapp—Chairman of Re-opening Steering Committee, Mr Edrick Hypolite—Clerical Officer, BVI Ports Authority, Ms Kedimone Rubaine—Private Secretary to the Deputy Governor, Mrs Maudlyn Penn-Richards—Senior Immigration Officer and Ports Supervisor, Mr Wade N. Smith—Commissioner of Her Majesty’s Customs and Chairman of the Joint Task Force and Honourable Mark H. Vanterpool (R4)—Managing Director of One Mart Supermarket.

Largest cohort of honourees

The 2021 honourees represent the largest cohort of honourees for the annual service which is always held on the last Sunday of American Black History Month since 2005.

To date, New Life Baptist has honoured 65 Virgin Islands Unsung Heroes.

Meanwhile, this years’ service will see the return of the announcement of a surprise honouree chosen from within the New Life congregation.

The Service of Recognition for Virgin Islands Unsung Heroes will be held on Sunday, February 28, 2021, at 3:00 pm at New Life Baptist Church in Duff’s Bottom.

The public is invited.

23 Responses to “20 ‘pandemic heroes’ to be honoured @ NLBC’s Heroes’ Sunday Service”

  • lol (26/02/2021, 10:03) Like (1) Dislike (7) Reply
    what a pack of handsome people
  • BVIAA coworker (26/02/2021, 10:35) Like (6) Dislike (3) Reply
    Very deserving Edrick! Very hard working, respectful and reliable
    • @BVIAA coworker (26/02/2021, 14:09) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
      i agree 100% about Edrick. very devoted and very reliable. very well deserving of the honor. i hope it comes with a nice cheque too.
  • GG (26/02/2021, 11:05) Like (30) Dislike (2) Reply
    More distractions From the real issues by any means possible, Even the no courage, fake churches and thrir cronies, to distract from the Govt failures..,U all relize how fast the Govt and their cronies posting news, hoping we will forget about their gross seaport reopening failure, They are trying us like a game.. Thank God we are not fools, we are onto them...
    • Really? (26/02/2021, 16:14) Like (4) Dislike (4) Reply
      Government failure? Dude! The BVI Government with God’s grace is the only reason your here today! If it wasn’t for hard hash protocols we’d still be in lockdown with out of control cases. You’ll to ungrateful and makes a day sick!!
    • ? (27/02/2021, 02:51) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Wow you make the devil sick SHAME on you . you are such a fool
  • All the best (26/02/2021, 11:23) Like (48) Dislike (20) Reply
    This is truly an awesome government. Thank you for keeping all of us safe. It would have taken a good plan and collective control and togetherness to achieve this. It ain’t an easy fet.. well done to all the health workers too.
  • Where is Gus? (26/02/2021, 12:40) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Asking for a friend
  • GG (26/02/2021, 12:40) Like (1) Dislike (6) Reply
    It will do the bvi a great favor if all y'all get vaccinated with the real vaccine.
  • Thanks (26/02/2021, 12:41) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
    My family is especially grateful for the help of Ms Lynette Harrigan—Niche Marketing Manager at the BVI Tourist Board and also Mrs Maudlyn Penn-Richards—Senior Immigration Officer. They went above and beyond in helping us get back into the territory when borders closed while we were away.
  • Congrats & Thanks (26/02/2021, 15:22) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    Congratulations to the awesome team chosen for a job well done!

    It would be remiss of me however, if I didn't give special thanks to those persons who I worked directly with. They are Edrick Hypolite and Mrs. Maudlyn Penn- Richards. Mr. Hypolite and Mrs. Richards were reachable, polite, consistent and good with follow up and feedback. Because of them I am/was able to get my clients here on the day scheduled. Bravo to all of you and keep up the good work. UNITY and TOGETHERNESS at its best!

    Kind regards,
    Ms. Vanterpool`
  • Hmmmm (26/02/2021, 15:53) Like (20) Dislike (0) Reply
    what happen to ALL the Nurses and Doctors who actually doing the work.... The NEVER get any praise but the people who ain't doing much gets all the praise.
    • Deh Watcha (27/02/2021, 14:13) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      The new thing in the BVI is to be 'qualified' i guess they didn't qualify to be mentioned.
  • Really (26/02/2021, 16:17) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Not one non-profit organisation representative on that list when in fact they have and still continue to provide relief to so many affected individuals in the territory. Only government affiliates on this list. So sad.
  • IT Crew (26/02/2021, 16:21) Like (9) Dislike (2) Reply
    The IT team never gets any recognition. SMH.
    • Rubber Duck (27/02/2021, 09:04) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
      That will be because the IT is useless.

      The so called portal didn’t work and only Lynette Harrigan made it possible for anyone to get back.

      The vaccination portal is a joke.

      Go sit down.
  • w (26/02/2021, 16:50) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    What about rite way supermarket u all so on fair my God look down on you all remember all onfair game must be play again
  • u (26/02/2021, 16:57) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    U all just open a can of worms pastor Naman chawell should be on the list for what he do in the East end part of this country I don't know if I spell his name correct but it is ok u all know who I am talking about
  • Xxx (26/02/2021, 17:53) Like (1) Dislike (6) Reply
    Good choice the premier needs an obe for keeping us safe
  • imagine that (26/02/2021, 19:48) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    So all the nurses and doctors taking care of the Covid patients, swabbing persons, the trainer who made sure staff, funeral home people, boaters and police could wear there ppe safely, those dressing int the hot hot space suit they not worthy of mention. Well sah. Ministers being hailed pandemic hero for providing the resources they supposed to and the people doing the work dry. That’s why I don’t bother go to church. Wicked people.
  • Monkey see monkey do (27/02/2021, 07:21) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Government elected members was place by majority vote
    Someone please explain to me how do they become heroes
    Didnt we the people excercise our democratic rights by voting you all in as leaders !
    As a goverment members leaders / oposition
    You all know your duties beyond and over
    All members should be hero

  • Others!! (27/02/2021, 23:06) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    As everyone can’t be selected, maybe some other organization or church should hold a similar service and honor some more people.
    I applaud the church for doing their small part.

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