Retired nurse Mrs. Stella LeBlanc was among three citizens to receive Dominica’s second highest award, The Sisserou Award of Honour at the 3rd November National Day Observance Ceremony.

The ceremony was part of activities to mark Dominica’s 42nd anniversary of independence. It replaced the traditional parade of uniformed troops as Dominica like the rest of the world instituted protocols to mitigate against the spread of the covid-19 virus.

Mrs. Leblanc was awarded for her contributions to health and community development having served as a nurse for decades and as chairman of the Vielle Case village council in her retirement.

Former Minister for Education, Sports and Youth Affairs Mr. Ronald Green also received the Sisserou Award of Honour for his contributions to politics and community development. Mr. Green is a former Leader of the Opposition and was Parliamentary Representative for the La Plaine Constituency from 1995 to 2009. He has been instrumental in the development of sports in the southeast of Dominica for many years.

Attorney at Law Mr. Lennox Lawrence was awarded for his contributions to the legal profession and public sector. Mr. Lawrence was recently sworn in as a member of the electoral commission.

The Meritorious Service Award was bestowed on Mrs. Priscilla Prevost for her contributions to health, Mr. Gregory Rabess for culture, Mr. Gregory Shillingford for sports and agriculture, Mr. Telford Shillingford for telecommunication and agriculture, Mr. Clyde Ferreira for agriculture and trade, and Mr. Kervin Stephenson for agriculture.  

Mr. Martin Anthony Scotland for environmental health received Long Service Award for his contribution to Environmental Health.

Retired educator Mr. Luther Martin known as ‘Teacher Luther’ was awarded the Services Medal of Honour for his contributions to education. Also receiving the Services Medal of Honour were Mr. Andrew Durand for tailoring, Mr. Timothy Moise for culture and education, Ms. Sonia Felix for community upliftment and altruism and Mr. Mervin Alexander for education and community development.

Dominica’s 42nd anniversary of independence was observed under the theme “Embracing New Opportunities.”