January 2023 Volume 19

Four KC Old Boys Awarded National Honours

Pat Bignall
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Civil Honours and Awards are conferred by the Governor General on the advice of the Prime Minister and are published in the Jamaica Gazette Extraordinary and announced in the media on Independence Day (August 6) annually. The Honours and Awards are presented at the National Honours and Awards Ceremony at King’s House on National Heroes Day in October every year. (JIS)

On October 18, 2022 four (4) Kingston College Old Boys received National Awards, namely:

Dr. Warren Fabian Blake, CD

Dr. Blake was awarded the Order of Distinction in the Rank of Commander (CD) for his contribution to Medicine and as a team Doctor in National Sports.

Dr. Blake is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon and Sports Administrator. He is a former President of the Jamaica Amateur Athletics Association (JAAA) having served in that role from 2011 to 2020. He is a founding member of the Jamaica Association of Sports Medicine and the Chairman of the Medical and Anti-doping Committee of JAAA, among others.

Warren attended KC 1964 to 1971

Ransford Braham, CD, KC

He received the Order of Distinction in the Rank of Commander (CD) for his contribution to the Legal Profession and Public Service

Mr. Braham, was admitted to practice in 1988. He was an associate and then a partner at Livingston, Alexander and Levy before being appointed Attorney General of Jamaica. He served as Attorney General January 2011 to December 2011. He has since returned to private practice as an advocate at the civil bar. He has served as a member of the Council of the Jamaican Bar and tutored Civil Practice and Procedure at the Norman Manley Law School for over ten years. He is also a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrator.

Ransford attended KC 1975 to 1982

Vernon Davidson, CD

Vernon was awarded the Order of Distinction in the Rank of Commander (CD) for outstanding contribution to Journalism

A career Journalist, Vernon Davidson is currently the Executive Editor – Publications at the Jamaica Observer. His career in Journalism spans over 40 years, 29 of which have been spent at the Jamaica Observer. He was honoured by the Press Association of Jamaica in 2015 for over 30 years in the Profession.

Vernon attended KC from 1972 to 1979.

Richard Anthony Douglas Russell, OD

Richard received the Order of Distinction in the Rank of Officer (OD) for service in the field of sports, particularly, Tennis.

Richard has dedicated most of his life to Tennis. He became the youngest National Champion at the age of 16 and is the only Jamaican to qualify and win matches at all Grand Slam Champions between 1964 and 1972.

Richard attended KC from 1958 to 1962.

Additional Information from the Jamaica Information Service

About the Order of Distinction

The honour of the Order of Distinction may be conferred upon any citizen of Jamaica who renders outstanding and important services to Jamaica and upon any distinguished citizens of a country other than Jamaica (an honorary member). The motto of the Order is “Distinction through Service”

The Order of Distinction has two ranks, namely Commander (the higher of the two) and Officer. Commanders of the Order of Distinction are entitled to use the post-nominal letters CD in the case of Members, or CD (Hon.) in the case of Honorary Members. Officers of the Order of Distinction are entitled to use the post-nominal letters OD in the case of Members, or OD (Hon.) in the case of Honorary Members.

Guidelines for the submission of Nominations

The Nomination Form can be found at the JIS website ( https://jis.gov.jm) in January of the year the application is to be made. The form must be completed in accordance with the Notes and Guidelines for Nominations attached to the forms. The completed Nomination/s should be sent no later than the last working day in March to:

The Secretary-General
Chancery of the Orders of the Societies of Honour
Office of the Prime Minister
1 Devon Road – Kingston 10
Email: chan-prot@opm.gov.jm

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