Former MP receives award in New York

Loreen Robert-Bannis

Former Member of Parliament for Castle Bruce Loreen Bannis-Roberts has been awarded the ‘Woman of Great Esteem Emerald Award’ in New York, an honor recognizing the contributions of women who have excelled beyond normal expectations in a multi-cultural society.

Bannis-Roberts, liaison officer-diaspora affairs for Dominica, was among four granted the award at the Palm House on the grounds of the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens last Saturday.

She also received a certificate of ‘Special Congressional Recognition’ for outstanding and invaluable service to community.

“Hard work and perseverance have paid off and commitment to country and passion to serve has not gone unnoticed,” Bannis-Roberts stated.

Jean Joseph, a Dominican living in New York, nominated Roberts for the award.

Bannis-Roberts described the award as one for the Castle Bruce community and those “who have supported and prayed for me over the years”.

The ‘Woman of Great Esteem Emerald Award’ was established in 1995, a product of QKingdom Ministries, Inc. It has recognized more than 140 women from 27 countries, from North and Central America, the Caribbean, Bermuda, Africa, Europe, and Asia.

Disclaimer: The comments on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of Inc. All comments are approved by before they are posted. We never censor based on political or ideological points of view, but we do try to maintain a sensible balance between free speech and responsible moderating.

We will delete comments that:

  • violate or infringe the rights of any person, are defamatory or harassing or include personal attacks
  • are abusive, profane or offensive
  • contain material which violates or encourages others to violate any applicable law
  • promote hatred of any kind
  • refer to people arrested or charged with a crime as though they had been found guilty
  • contain links to "chain letters", pornographic or obscene movies or graphic images
  • are excessively long and off-message

See our full comment/user policy/agreement.


  1. maa nose
    March 29, 2011

    proud of you girl keep it up made us proud .

  2. Value for money?
    March 29, 2011

    Liason Officer-Diaspora Affairs? What tasks does Laureen Bannis-Roberts perform? What kind of salary does she receive? What is there to liaise? With a Minister of diasporan Affairs and institutional support of an entire Ministry of Foreign Affairs, a permanent ambassador to the UN and other foreign Affairs personnel in New York, several Dominican professionals and groups abroad, added to all those, with advances in modern communication technology, why should the Dominican TAX PAYERS be burdened with that extra expense?

    What extra important work is being done by the Liaison Officer and what have been the results or benefits? Is the job to mobilise Dominicans overseas to contribute more to the national economy? Is it to convince them to return home to invest and share their skills? Or is it to further mobilise Dominicans in the diaspora to come down in massive numbers with free plane tickets and cash to vote for a particular Party and return the following day, leaving those on island to face the burning heat? Anyway one analyzes the situation, the thousands upon thousands of dollars spent for a Liaison Officer-Diaspora Affairs with everything else that comes with that position, is a complete waste of TAX PAYERS MONEY.

    That money could be better used to increase the market share in the region and internationally for our AGRICULTURAL products. While our farmers are bawling, agriculture neglected, unemployment especially among the youth rising significantly, other productive sectors reeling, such high paying jobs are however created for certain men and women given their political leanings and affiliations. The TAX PAYERS of Dominica await a status report on the achievements of Lauren Bannis-Roberts since she took up that job of Liaison Officer-Diaspora Affairs. The people have a RIGHT TO KNOW.

    • way papa
      March 30, 2011

      jar-lou-zie say met sorsyeah. go loraine go girl congrats

  3. negre Mawon
    March 29, 2011

    Why can’t I receive an award for being the longest serving maroon to reside in the mountains of Morne au Diable ?

  4. malatete
    March 28, 2011

    You did indeed excel normal expectations when you crossed the floor of the House. The people who voted for you will be for ever grateful, I’m sure.

  5. she
    March 28, 2011

    congrats to u family no matter wat keep ur head up and continue to do u.the award that u got is not only a benifit to u but for the country and for all the hard workin women out there.congrats once again and continue to make our country proud

  6. Country
    March 28, 2011

    Since Lennox spoke of Vince Henderson and Loreen Bannis-Roberts lack of representation overseas on Dominica’s behalf, they both suddenly start shinning.

    Way to go, Dominicans. Smell the coffee.

    • Proud Dominican
      March 29, 2011


  7. Anonymous
    March 28, 2011

    Look zezeness oui.

    • boots pon de ground
      March 28, 2011


  8. youth
    March 28, 2011

    congratulations the news this morning was enticing , love u and i always knew that u give your best to your doings and i mean any of us would have liked it for ourselves so please dont criticise we will never get things going our way all the time ok peeps , but we cannot stray the fact that loreen is a good lady she works to the best of her ability . love you loreen. muah i miss u all the time and one of ur constituents can tell u i always ask bout you. the person knows their self .

  9. Traveler
    March 28, 2011

    So what Obama got the Noble Peace Prize without lifting a finger! LOL! You guys are giving too much meaning to these AWARDS!!! I personally believe there are women around the Caribbean/world who are more deserving. If you guys want to see people who are really making a difference in this world watch CNN heroes!!! Loreen cannot light a candle to these people.

    • Proud Dominican
      March 29, 2011

      Why do pple like you never support what is positive and embrace what is your???
      Shate man!! WTMA

  10. Muslim_Always
    March 28, 2011

    Congrats Mrs. Bannis well done!

    Even if someone has a different political opinion, give the woman her roses man sheesh!

    I’m a muslim and I do not participate in the voting process however, I contribute to my community in many other ways.

    We have to learn to swallow sometimes our political opinions and give people their roses while they are alive. Do it for the love of our country. It is this envy and jealousy that retards many of us as a people.

    What is wrong in saying, ‘congrats Mrs. Bannis, though we may not agree politically we look forward to your contributions for the development of Dominica,’ or something like this. This is what freedom of speech is all about, the ability to agree or disagree ethically and academically. Thus we must be thankful for the blessings of freedom of speech Allah has granted us and use it responsibly.

  11. very close cousin
    March 28, 2011

    congratulation cuz happy for u enjoy it while it last see u soon love u god bless u

  12. Nac Vibes
    March 28, 2011

    “Bannis-Roberts, liaison officer-diaspora affairs for Dominica”
    This has to be the biggest joke and obviously waste of Dominica’s tax money.

    • Reader
      March 28, 2011

      I was wondering myself … do we have a consular general, an ambassador to the UN and a liaison-officer; all in NYC? Lions, and tigers, and bears, Oh my!!

  13. CB PASSI
    March 28, 2011

    Loreen you deserve it, we never appreciate a good person or thing only we loose it. I am from Castle Bruce and furthermore we are related, I know how hard you worked with sweat and tears to make our community what it is today. You will be forever be remembered, trust God for your blessings and continue to work for your community and country. See you at Castle Bruce reunion 2011.

  14. concern Dominican
    March 28, 2011

    Way to go cuz who God bless no man curse.

  15. homeboy4u
    March 28, 2011

    On behalf of The Dominica Association of St Thomas Inc. I want to Congratulate you for this Prestigious Award you recieved.As a member,we are very proud of you and your accomplishment.We wish you all the best in the feture.Hard work does pay off.keep up the excellent work.

  16. GEMM
    March 28, 2011

    Yayyyyyy Loreen way to go mama!

  17. mouth of the south
    March 28, 2011

    congrats to u mrs bannis,,,, now we must develop a plan to make d/ca stand out in N.Y as the jamaicans and haitians,,,, but please enlighten me as to the extraordinary things that mrs bannis did in d/ca,,,, cause it went unnoticed to me,,,, again congratulations

    • Lady M
      March 28, 2011

      Hmmmm…my sentiments exactly!!!

    • frequent flyer
      March 28, 2011

      lol I totally concur….that was my exact sentiment…..but in Dominica we can’t have an option because it become tied to political affiliations…Smh but none the less congrats to you Mrs.Bannis-Roberts..

  18. lady bee
    March 28, 2011

    Congratulations to you. You did a great job while in office not only for your constituency but for Dominica. See you at the Castle Bruce Family and Friends Reunion 2011.

  19. rolling my eyes
    March 28, 2011

    really people…? “Hard work and perseverance have paid off and commitment to country and passion to serve has not gone unnoticed,” ….ha ha ha…passion for getting paid ? I’m tired of women getting shine for thing that are irrelevant. If we are equal, then why when a man does something it goes unnoticed but a moman does the same thing and she’s glorified(thing about it)…..But hey.. I guess it woman time..Smh

    • Rat
      March 28, 2011

      Keep rolling your eyes….fool

      • frequent flyer
        March 28, 2011

        yea I guess thats the only word in your vocabulary…make a strong rebuttal not just a kindergarten insult….

  20. Proud Dominican
    March 28, 2011

    Congratulation Mrs. Bannis-Roberts. Indeed hard work and committement to National Development has in fact paid off. You love of people and country is what made you one of the most noticeable, personable and exemplary Ministers during your time. You serve your constituency well and Dominica by extention with honor, impartiality – a true states woman. I wish you sucess in your new office for I am confident that it will bring forth good results for our nation.

    Kudos and God Speed.

  21. CBSS
    March 28, 2011

    Congrats loreen!!you deserve it

Post a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

:) :-D :wink: :( 8-O :lol: :-| :cry: 8) :-? :-P :-x :?: :oops: :twisted: :mrgreen: more »

 characters available