President Nicholas Liverpool bestows the award on Eluid Williams

The Government of Dominica on Friday September 14, 2012 bestowed the nation’s highest award, the Dominica Award of Honor, on Presidential Nominee Eliud Thaddeus Williams at a brief ceremony in Morne Bruce.

The Dominica Award of Honour is the award of the highest recognition under the Meritorious Service Honors Act Chapter 99 of the Commonwealth of Dominica.

This award is conferred on persons who have made significant contributions to the country. It is traditionally presented during Dominica’s annual independence celebrations.

The award was presented to Williams for his distinguished achievements in the area of public sector management by outgoing President Dr. Nicholas Liverpool.

According to the citation Williams “served with distinction as permanent secretary which spanned several government departments over a period of 17 years and made other significant contributions to the Cooperative Movement by serving as Commissioner of Cooperatives and holding board positions at the level of the Cooperative Societies League and individual Credit Union branches and whereas you have contributed enormously to the reform of the Telecommunications sector in the region through your work as Managing Director of the Eastern Caribbean Telecoms Authority (ECTEL) and played a pivotal role in developing the licensing regime through the creation of a licensing evaluation mechanism and whereas you have honored the name of Dominica by these achievements.”

In accepting the award Williams reflected on the role of his parents who he said instilled values of hard work, respect for others, integrity and honesty in him from an early age. “They constantly reminded us their children that they were to be of service to others. They provided the fine examples of commitment, sincerity and also encouraged me to excel at school or at work. It is on this foundation on which I built my public service career” Williams stated.

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit congratulated Mr. Williams for having been bestowed with such high honor, saying that the award is well deserved.

“I want to take the opportunity to congratulate you on behalf of the Cabinet of Dominica. We have had the opportunity to work with you over the years in the Public Service. No doubt the kind of discipline and seriousness which you brought to the Public Service helped tremendously in the execution of the State’s projects and programmes and also the delivery of services to its citizens,” he said.

Also present at the ceremony was former President Vernon Shaw and Mrs. Shaw, and wife and family members of Williams.

It has been confirmed that Eliud Williams will be officially elected and sworn in as Dominica’s Head of State on Monday, September 17 at the Parliament building in Roseau.