Call goes out for royal gong nominees

| 01/10/2021 | 49 Comments
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(CNS): The governor’s office is putting out a call for nominations for the Queen’s Birthday Honours for next year. Members of the public are asked to name people who have made an exceptional contribution to the Cayman Islands or who stand out for sustained achievement and service in public life. Officials said they are looking for people who are still actively involved in making life better for other people or being outstanding at what they do.

The various royal gongs are awarded to people who have made a difference to their community or the country or for displaying moral courage. They can be working in a range of fields, such as the arts, science, education and sport.

Nomination forms and guidance on submitting nominations can be found here.

The deadline to receive nominations is close of business on 29 October.

Nominations can be sent by email to

or dropped off at the reception desk at the Government Administration Building, addressed to the Governor’s Office.

Alternatively, they can be sent by the earlier deadline of 25 October by post to:
Suite 101 Government Administration Building
Grand Cayman KY1-9000

See full release from the governor’s office here.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Well of expat be the case, I know a few pink ladies who deserve a certificate badge of honor for quietly and consistently volunteering and serving our community for decades. They still are going above and beyond every day

  2. Anonymous says:

    And we will not stop until the awardee rate surpasses the vaccination rate.

  3. Anonymous says:

    IMO, witnessing Covid press releases for 1.5 years, Dr John Lee has behaved as if he were already a Knight of the Realm for the people of Cayman. Perhaps an act of redemption, who knows. His boundless patience, grace, and tact at moments where most of us would have lost it qualify him for recognition. OBE nod would be deserved for sure, and well below his rank in my mind.

    • Anonymous says:

      He was already awarded an OBE!

    • Anonymous says:

      Dr. Lee is not, at this point, now worthy of any more awards or honors.

      If Dr. Lee did not act unlawfully, in relation to the Doctors Express case, then it might be different, but it’s not.

    • Anonymous says:

      He was doing his job!

      • Anonymous says:

        Yes, but he had to contend with an exceptionally trying and at times ignorant people on these Islands.

        That deserves another gong.

        • Anonymous says:

          No, doing your job deserves no gong, doing it contending with exceptionally trying and at times ignorant people gets you one gong. If he wanted one for doing his job he would have needed to stick it out for the long term. The truth is he was over-honoured, and too soon. Should have received an MBE for getting the immediate situation under control, with an OBE planned for the end of his successful tenure. Anyone who got an MBE should have received a Cert. Hon. Anyone who received a Cert. Hon. should have received a special COVID response certificate. All were over-honoured, all too soon, for too little.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Sir John A. Cumber for National Hero!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Maybe a special award for the most absurd, overly long, late and waffling government Covid press conferences in the world over the last year? They truly are an embarrassment to cayman. Special mention to the bizarre Jesus on a donkey bloke who knew nothing about health.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Elvis McKeeva.
    No Weed
    No Gong

  7. Anonymous says:

    The kids who clean beaches while adults write comments criticizing it.

    • Anonymous says:

      The adults, for the most part, should focus their criticism on the underlying billionaire developer that owns much of this littered undeveloped coastal area, that the developer likes to pretend they don’t own – through an elaborate maze of corporate proxy names – and then abandons it in such condition that kids feel compelled to organize and spend their leisure time doing it for him with their volunteer hands, sweat, bites, burns, and cuts. When the developer already has an obligation to do it, and should be ordered to clear and maintain the areas, with armies of full-time crews that they should have hired years ago to comply and create sustained employment opportunities, often with all the mechanical support equipment for the exercise sitting idle in hangers they also own – sometimes immediately across the road from the beach being cleared by civilian volunteers. It’s the billionaire that disrespects these kids, not the adults calling the developer out.

  8. A.J. says:

    A Royal Gong !! HA.A. Do you get clubbed on the head with her scepter ? HA.A.

  9. Mclaughlin's nepotistic mate says:

    Who’s that bloke with the QC who has never actually practiced law in the last 8 years. Maybe he should get a gong for not representing the Islands either…

  10. Anonymous says:

    I nominate Denny Warren & Elvis McKeever for bring Cayman into the 21st century with cannabis.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Surely it’s about time Makeeva Bush became Sir Makeeva Bush. He’s left an indelible mark on Cayman democracy XXX. Perhaps a CBE for Jeffrey Webb, he’s made Cayman football what it is today.

    • Anonymous says:

      He didn’t leave a mark, he left a filthy stain.

    • Anonymous says:

      Makerva, the greatest person to ever come out of West Bay.

      The Best and Brightest of our society.

    • Anonymous says:

      Btw CNS censored my comment by inserting ‘XXX’


      CNS: It’s time to leave the victim alone. But do stop whining. Seriously.

    • JTB says:

      You mean the Perpetually Honourable Dr McKeeva Bush, OBE, JP, WTF, OMG, Honourable Speaker of The House, Very Honourable Distributor of Hams, Prophet of Planning, Chief Welcomer of the Cruises, Beloved of the Lord, and Hereditary Giver of the Fridge? You really think he needs a knighthood as well?

      • Anonymous says:

        As the longest serving Member of a Parliament in the history of these Islands and a God in West Bay where he is adored, he deserves a knighthood to complete his historical profile here.

        Does not get better in these Islands.

        We look forward to a turkey for Xmas in West Bay.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Why bother, the Royal’s are the biggest scroungers in society I’d hand it back or not accept in the first place. Nothing really to be proud of if you receive a gong anyway.

  13. Anonymous says:

    He hasn’t been on the job for a full year yet, but Jay should get an award for something.

  14. Anonymous says:

    I vote for the cart collector at ALT

  15. Anonymous says:

    The government is the biggest gong show.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Hon Premier

  17. Elvis says:

    Mc ( KO) bush

  18. Anonymous says:

    I vote for Shirley Roulstone!

  19. JTB says:

    Surely Michael Ryan, Ergun Berksoy et al deserve something for their tireless efforts to turn Cayman into Miami?

    And of course, all past and present members of CPA should be recognised for the work they have done helping to make that happen.

  20. Anonymous says:

    How about the ladies who stopped the cruise port?

  21. Anonymous says:

    I misread at first glance.

    I thought the poster that always advocates for pot legalization would have a Royal Bong worthy of nomination.

  22. Anonymous says:

    is their anybody left who hasn’t got one of these???caymanians…the worlds greatest self-back-slappers.

    • Cynthia Ebanks says:

      Many have contributed to these islands but because they are expats cannot receive an award.

      • Anonymous says:

        Not true…

        Expats can and do receive awards, including honourary awards.

        This is not an expat vs. Cayman issue.

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