Dr. Honychurch gets top job in Barbados

Dr. Honychurch is the new GM of the Barbados Trust Fund
Dr. Honychurch is the new GM of the Barbados Trust Fund

The Barbados National Trust has announced that it has appointed Dominican historian, Dr. Lennox Honychurch, as its new General Manager effective July 1, 2015.

“Dr Honychurch was born on the island of Dominica of a Barbadian family whose roots in Barbados go back to the eighteenth century,” the trust said in a release. “He was educated at the Lodge School, Barbados and Oxford University from where he received his doctorate in anthropology. He is skilled in many areas. He is an artist, an actor, an educator, a noted radio and television personality, an excellent public speaker and lecturer and an author whose many books include school texts which are used throughout the Eastern Caribbean.”

The release continued, “He was at one point in time, Dominica’s youngest politician and was a member of the late P.M. Eugenia Charles’ team which negotiated the independence of Dominica and is a member of the Council of the Open University of the University of the West Indies. His forte and great passion however is in the realm of heritage.”

Dr. Honychurch is well known in Dominica. He has written many books including The Dominica Story, The Caribbean People series, Dominica: the Isle of Adventure and in very recent times Negre Mawon: The Fighting Maroons of Dominica, among others.

The restoration of Cabrits in Portsmouth has been his most recent achievement.

He has won many awards including the prestigious Anthony B. Sagba award for Caribbean Excellence and many more.

“We at the Barbados National Trust are pleased to welcome Dr Honychurch back to Barbados where as a teenager, he immersed himself in things Barbadian at the home of his uncle and aunt, the iconic Frank Collymore and Ellice Collymore,” the Barbados National Trust said in its release.

According to its website, the Barbados National Trust “is a body incorporated by Act of Parliament to be involved in the preservation of places of historic, architectural and archaeological interest and of ecological importance or natural beauty.”

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60 Comments

  1. Oliver
    July 25, 2018

    Congratulations Dr. HoneyChurch, Dominica cannot afford to keep educated people that’s not the priority of the Government. Take your credentials elsewhere. I prayed that one day Dominica will be able to provide good paying jobs for highly educated people with their PhD, MS & BS degrees. So help us God.

  2. The Real Facts
    July 8, 2015

    This is shocking. I thought we had you forever. :)
    So sorry that you are leaving D/ca to pursue another similar interest.
    It appears to be a calling to work in another land.
    Help! What will happen to us and our history even future ones? :)
    You have done a lot for Dominica. I do not think you will ever give up on Dominica.
    I know you will be fully occupied by this trust enterprise.
    I think they stole you from us. :lol: This is worth crying about but we will smile, even laugh and wish you all the best.
    You know very well Dominica is your country so you can visit anytime you wish and feel at home.
    You will be missed.
    Godspeed and good luck in your job.

  3. July 8, 2015

    Congratulations Dr Honeychurch -so happy for you, but sad to see another country snatch you away from us. Even if you are irreplaceable, I always felt that someone should understudy you to have some of your knowledge to continue your brilliant work here on the island. I’m sure you won’t completely turn your back to what you began. Thank you for your patriotism, and may God bless you wherever you go.

  4. God's child
    July 8, 2015

    We will truly miss you. Congratulations on your next milestone. You’re a legend and very well loved and appreciated by your fellow Dominicans

  5. Kord Kapi
    July 8, 2015

    Don’t worry, he will still come back in 5 years time to tell gullible Dominicans how great the country is under this administration; eventhough, this administration didn’t see it fit to reward him for his die-hard affinity towards them, his on-your-toes defence and cover-up of their wrongdoings and his blatant appall of the opposition….look out for him in 5 years time…saying how Dominica nice boi

    • The Real Facts
      July 8, 2015

      Have you forgotten, he is Dominican-born and brought up, son of the soil. Dominica is in his heart, mind and soul.
      Tell me Lennox this is so or not. :lol:
      He has served Dominica well and placed it on the map with all his research, writings and books on Dominica.
      I am stating, he is welcomed and will be welcomed back, should he decide to return. Sweet Dominica, the land of beauty, cocoa and grapefruit,
      The land of rivers is his home.
      He can return at any time.

  6. Man kind
    July 8, 2015

    Congratulations .

  7. Dominica Massive
    July 7, 2015

    Congrats to Dr Honeychurch you will continue to serve Dominica while on Barbados.With all due respect Dominica will continue its journey inspire of the departure of Lennox.There are many great Dominican who can deliver Irving Andre,Alwon Bully,Ras Mo,Greory Rabes.There are many hidden talents waiting to be unfold.All is not lost we must remain on course.

  8. gadathy
    July 7, 2015

    babados lenox congrates what are perfect place for u at the end of ur contract head to the usa sow ur royal oats demonstrate ur intelligence make the news even bigger than now

  9. salop
    July 7, 2015

    So you help to set sail to a sinking ship full of 70,000 Dominicans, with a corrupt Captain… while you board a plane to go Barbados. Enjoy…

  10. July 7, 2015

    Congratulations Dr. Honychurch, I wish you well. With free movement and if you have the skills required and an opportunity opens in another OECS country you too can apply. I noticed Dr. Honychurch got so much maypwee by some of the same people who are now trying to say he is leaving Dominica and are singing a different tune. Try listening to some of the talk shows from the hosts and callers who do not support the government and you will see all what was being said about Dr. Honychurch.

    Barbados is less than an hour from Dominica so Dr. Honychurch will be in Dominica often. He is not even going in a foreign country to him. He was born of Barbadian family roots!! Isn’t that what the release said?

    Wasn’t the Leader of the UWP working in another Caribbean Island for several years? You guys forgot already? I remembered that when UWP supporters were trying to sing Alleluia about Kairi and Mrs. Jno Baptiste-Aaron and seemed to have forgotten some small facts themselves.

  11. Well , Well , Well
    July 7, 2015

    DNO , you did not post my fist comment , so i will put it another way . I have a right if i feel to not congratulate someone and i have the right to congratulate someone .So because i did not congratulate him all you did not post my comment ? Well i will state it another way . These men (people) really don’t love Dominica , they love money and status. If he loved Dominica so much as he said , why don’t he stay with us and and go through it all till he leaves this earth? We too like to forget , the man call us crabs in a barrel , those were his words not mine and i have never forgotten them. So now i want to know who is behaving like one now , is that too bad to ask? they preach and preach and when the going get rough they run away.I watch and listen to him all all my life , i did respect him once , but after his behavior since teaming up with Mr Skerrit and the Labour Party i do not any more, this is my right to have an opinion, am telling it how i feel . we too like to pretend

    • The Real Facts
      July 8, 2015

      I am simply stating, do you think if Lennox did not love Dominica he would ever remain there and after all what occurred to him? Consider his father. He could have hated D/ca for life and he did not.
      He was offered a job and he accepted it. It is in line with his qualifications. There is no doubt the time is right for him to accept it.
      He was born in Dominica. Are you denying him his rightful privilege as a Dominican? Common man/woman, think again! I would love to state more but not now.

    • Brinsley
      July 9, 2015

      This has nothing to do with love for Dominica, …………………………………..
      But, honestly let’s take a look at his resume, it is impressive, almost alien-inspired like, one needs a calling and focus to do what he has done.
      And yes I may have in the past inappropriately heckled him in the past, but any man put on this earth has the right to go as far as he can, because somebody has to do it.
      And last but not least let’s be a little prudent, if your parents were American wouldn’t you love to hold the “blue book”
      Well haha, because my parents were Dominicans and I love my blue book, so I must deny myselfban opportunity with stature and good pay?

  12. r charles
    July 7, 2015

    you cannot hold down a good man. sa qui sawe sae sawe..never noticed the limey accent in your dad

  13. betrayed
    July 7, 2015

    Honeychurch has lost alot of credibility in the eyes of patriotic Dominicans.

    Honeychurch in his writings informed of the bitter struggles of Kalinago and ‘Negre Marons over decades. They fought against colonial rule to preserve the land for their children and children to come.,

    But in 2015, the same historian, publicly on a radio station, gave support to Skerritt’s DLP Gov’t for carving out 15 acres of our land from our Cabrits National Park and handing over to the foreigner of Range Development.

    What is worse, Lennox said there would be no serious environmental impact, even though no EIA has been forthcoming. Certainly, the Kalinago and Black freedom fighters are turning in their graves. The blood they shed, the miseries they went through mean nothing today?

    What madness is that? Skerritt and his DLP Gov’t still hand the foreigner of Range Development hundreds of our passports to sell to make money to build his hotel in Cabrits. Lennox has no problem…

    • kalinago
      July 8, 2015

      Lennox has come over much information where the rights of the kalinago people has been tramples upon but has failed to expose them for fear of political reprisal and so i lost much respect for the title he holds.

  14. Bod
    July 7, 2015

    The fact that the government of Dominica lacks so much imagination and foresight that it could not come up with a counter offer to keep Honychurch here is both shameful and shambolic. Their only care is how to line their own pockets. Imagine; you need experience and/or qualifications for most jobs – all except politicians. Anyone can be a politician. And this country is certainly scraping the very bottom of the barrel on that count. Sorry to see you go Lennox. Sorry for Dominica.

  15. Garfield
    July 7, 2015

    Another notable Dominican leaving the sinking ship! Actually it us sunk ship!

  16. Patriotic B
    July 7, 2015

    You have served your country well and I am sure you will continue to contribute when you can. Your offer in Barbados is the result of Globalization. Continue to add to your portfolio and I wish the best.

  17. Just Asking
    July 7, 2015

    Very unfortunate!!!! This administration has created so many positions for incompetent friends and they are sitting with their hands folds allowing our only internationally recognized Historian to walk away. Was he too objective sometimes????? Like our former president Mr. Williams????

  18. UserName
    July 7, 2015

    Although born on the island of Dominica of a Barbadian family whose roots in Barbados go back to the 18th century, the BNT said that they “welcome Dr Honychurch BACK to Barbados where as a teenager, he immersed himself in things Barbadian…” Bridgetown claim the Doc!!!! Permanently this time?????

  19. Shaka zulu
    July 7, 2015

    You never miss the water till the well run dry. Dominica well is pretty low at this moment and the well of brains and talent is only gonna get worst in this current atmosphere

  20. Bwa Chesse
    July 7, 2015

    Wha happen? All of our skilled people leaving D country man? Congrats Sir!

  21. July 7, 2015

    Congratulations, mr
    . Lenox, thanks for your service as you search for a new horizon. You have the prorogative, to do what’s best for you. God speed, stay in touch.

  22. Maay Npear
    July 7, 2015

    You will be back soon, no place nice and forgiving as Dominica.
    Congratulations, god bless!

  23. Kipinski
    July 7, 2015

    Guess Dr. Honychurh got fed up and frustrated with poorly thought out hotel projects at the Cabrits National Park and decided to call it a day.

  24. Connie
    July 7, 2015

    Congratulations Dr. Honychurch. More success on your new job/projects. Fortunately for is you are close to home.

  25. Analy Thomas
    July 7, 2015

    Good luck Lenox! You have been an asset to rebuilding our heritage. I am interested in finding out who will replace you at the Cabrits.

  26. anonymous
    July 7, 2015

    Congratulations to you my brother. Go out there and represent and show them what we have to offer.

  27. OECS
    July 7, 2015

    This one is a SHOCKER!! Dr. Honychurch, my heartfelt congratulations to you… Dominica has lot the ONE & ONLY Historian I have ever known them to have!!

    This is BRAIN DRAIN to the max… The Tourism Industry is losing its professionals, to other Caricom countries willing to pay them, to develop their products and the Private and Public Sectors are not even blinking an eye!!

    I am St. Lucian and attended a meeting in Grenada last week and was most surprised to see one of Dominica’s most professional, talented and hospitable, Hospitality Professionals at a Resort there doing her thing. Everyone was impressed and asked the same question… “is she Grenadian?” And I was proud to say, ” OH NO she is Dominican”!! She is ONE out of many… GREAT JOB. Wish a property in St. Lucia would woo her.. we can do with someone like her. GREAT at what she does, yet so humble!!

    Dr. Honychurch, you are also Dominica to the bone… Barbados, don’t take him for granted.

    • Truth
      July 7, 2015

      I am happy to see that other countries recognizes the talents that Dominica has!! Both the Government and the Private sector needs to work together to see how those talents can be used in Dominica for its development… We need them!!!

      Dominica is losing too much. I have heard of the person in Grenada and it is sad, that Grenada is benefitting from such talent!!! But in the end Dominica gets the good name… Barbados, take care of OUR Dr. Honychurch.

    • Natural Beauty
      July 7, 2015

      Don’t you worry man, Pat and Dice will get a replacement come carnival 2016…….Stay tuned!

      • Titiwi
        July 7, 2015

        I am sure Lennox will be back with us for carnaval, he would not miss that for the world and he will be very welcome here. It will always be his home. Thanks and God speed Lennox, we shall miss you.

    • Former Employee
      July 7, 2015

      There could only be one person “in Grenada” that they talking about here and that has to be Mrs. Cadette… the best Manager ever!!
      Mr. PM or Mr. Tongue is there a way to bring her back to Dominica? Another country should not get that credit, when we bawling here for people like her… PLEASE SOMEBODY !! ANYBODY!! Mr. Nassief… Sam Jungle Bay..

      • Skerrit's Pawhen
        July 8, 2015

        Wooden Stool
        Everybody is leaving 4 a new found home. Honeychurch ,Dr.Cools. who is next Dr.Willy ,Dr.Parra( by the way accept my sympathy) willy feverier,,Drs Ricketts, Dr.Alport & Dentist hubby?
        The Brain? blessings( he was crying today) Athie? Kamal & the Ambassadora? Sam Raf? Alwin Bully & wife? Mr.Louis Delauney Aaron the farmers? Linton, Spraggs,
        Thompson back to DC Dr.Christian back to Tiffany4 break fast lunch & dinner in Tiffny Ohio? Dr.Pascal, Eddie back to England Didier 7 spouce St.Kitts? Copiel where Iceland lol Angelo MATT to join Gregorie inToronto?Rayburn Glasses Blackmore Toronto?
        Pushups to japan?LMAO

    • Drake
      July 9, 2015

      Are you able to share the name of that impressive Dominican?

      Thanks

  28. Ba Yo Bwa
    July 7, 2015

    You choose to live in civil society, you are effectively a political animal. Raw politics aside, I want to agree with the general thrust of the discussion here, lamenting this latest move by a most esteemed son of our soil. You want a well-rounded, intelligent, highly-accomplished and competent Dominican? There can be no other but Lennox Honeychurch. Unlike us in Dominica, who deliberately seek to marginalize our own, because we do not like their politics or we do not know who is their father, Bridgetown must have seen a fountain of experience, brilliance, knowledge and wisdom in Lennox. I can only imagine the type of deliberations that wen on among the selectors when Lennox’s resume hit their desk. In Dominica, two questions that would count: who is Mr’s father nah? Which party does he support? The conversation would stay and end there. Take it or leave, that’s our Dominica. Sadly, the young ones are soaking up this sort of behavior. So now you know where we’re headed. Aye,…

  29. Danziger
    July 7, 2015

    You all take Lennie away from us. we will miss you Lennox, all the best.

    • Titiwi
      July 8, 2015

      Danziger, you forget we still have another Lennie, Lennox for great things to come. Just be patient my friend.

      • Danziger
        July 9, 2015

        @Titiwi, I know Lennox Honeychurch,our Historian I really don’t know your Lennie.

  30. Patrick BAUCELIN
    July 7, 2015

    Congrats Mr.Honychurch.It is a good idea and a good job.
    Hi from martinique, french west indies.

  31. CYRIL Volney
    July 7, 2015

    “A Prophet is never accepted in his own country”.

    Well done, Lennox. Make us more proud of you than we already are.

    • Papa Dom
      July 8, 2015

      How has he been dishonoured? This is a man who has been allocated funds to work on project, a man whose work people refer to as authority on Dominican history. So maybe you would like to explain yourself.

      • Tjebe fort
        July 8, 2015

        Did anyone say anything about dishonoured Papa Dom? These are your words, your words alone trying to cause mischief where there is none. Chuups man!

      • Papa Dom
        July 8, 2015

        Tjebe fort, if ” a prophet is never accepted in his own country” is Mr volney’s tagline then I apologise. But by saying that i take it to mean that he has no honour(not accepted)

  32. lol
    July 7, 2015

    I am shocked I thought Dominica had everything Dominica was moving agead, you were one shouting how great thou art, and now you leaving Dominica. I must say you will be missed for your tremendous work done at the cabrits and thought Dominica. Good lick

  33. Harry Mack
    July 7, 2015

    What a shame! Congratulations to Dr. Honeychurch but it is a shame on the part of the Dominica Government to allow such an important son of the soil depart our shores in the age of his retirement when his skills and expertise are needed here.
    Knowing Lennox, there must be a certain level of dissatisfaction on his part to accept this lucrative job offer at his age. With all the work to be done in Dominica with regards to our heritage, Lennox could not be engaged for a reasonable salary? Don’t give me any crap talk of CSME and Caricom, Barbados has just taken away a Dominican human resource treasure, somebody the tourism industry refused to recognize as being more valuable than the Creole and so-called Jazz Festival. The Bajans must be laughing at us. But again, Lennox just witnessed a chunk of the Cabrits being given away for a Ghost Project of Passport Racketeering. I understand how you feel Lennox, after spending the greater part of your life developing a product, to be…

  34. Shanelle Elizee
    July 7, 2015

    Congratulations to Dr.Lennox HonyChurch on his new job.

  35. Lang Mama
    July 7, 2015

    Congratulations to Lennox and I jope this is the moment gor ” largais Lang Mwe. By the Lennox dont expect the Barbados government ti give you a $2 million check without due procedure,protocol and accountability.
    Lang Mama is not afraid to say it as it is. I call a fork a fork. I en no Christopher Columbus I call what I see

  36. believer
    July 7, 2015

    My heartiest congratulations to you Lennox…You continue to contribute your many
    skills and talents to the entire Caribbean.
    Your books continue to educate and inspire and the passion with which you undertook
    the restoration of Cabrits in Portsmouth project (as DNO noted above) as your most recent achievement,
    was very noteworthy. Dominica is proud of you.
    Good luck my friend.

  37. Dr. Sam Sparkle
    July 7, 2015

    Dr. Honychurch, you make us all proud.

    That’s our Lennox. Barbados is getting a great deal, but deep down they know you’ll always belong to us!

  38. jennifer-Anne Fadelle
    July 7, 2015

    Congratlations Lennox. You excell at anything and everything that you do. much blessings always as you embark upon another adventure/journey…

  39. bleachin ting
    July 7, 2015

    Huge congratulations Doc. Many of our forward thinking skiled nationals are often marginalized and unappreciated at home, but go on to strive and make exemplary contributions in the lands of others. Then we wonder why we have a brain drain or a lack of skilled employable workers. This is something Dr. honeychurch could have done here.

  40. DFR
    July 7, 2015

    Good luck Lennox ! We wish you all the best ! The sky is the limit .

  41. Christophine
    July 7, 2015

    Well… i am shocked! What happened to the relationship with him and Skerrit and Labour Party?? I smell a rat! A big rat too. Congrats sir.

    • pink
      July 8, 2015

      no rat scent. the man just wants to work on the rock he is from….no big deal though I disagree with his political views.

  42. grell
    July 7, 2015

    Congrats Mr.Honychurch,sad that all our born Dominicans are being appointed all over the world while our country is being run by a bunch of incompetent leaders,with no clue. :twisted:

    • Skerrit's Pawhen
      July 7, 2015

      Well this is older than you &I also ma pampo.
      I recall a song by Wooden stools with Glen John from Salisbury was Tim the bass player or Kelly? can’t recall very well it was in the 70’s Tim can clarify I could be mixing up things here.There were so many bands then!
      The song am referring to was Everybody’s leaving t a new found world..I got the whole world covered bla,bla,bla. No wonder we have not increased our population. It’s been stuck on 70 K since 19 twisin we are more on the outside.. The adventurous migrate and the rest stay behind and there is little to choose from so those who have brain remain in the service 4 their pension and the dumb go into politics. Even the bright who remain behind get into and out of politics fast. some are forced out.
      Soon D/cans will be forced out of DA as the MOU will unfold.
      Thanks to a brainless son of the soil. with a French passport Sino, Venezulean, Moroccan, etc citizenships
      More thing change the more they remain the same.

      • Deep in Thought
        July 7, 2015

        If you’re going to make a comment, at least, get your info correct……….. the group you are referring to, is, ‘Naked Feet’, and not, ‘Wooden Stool’
        The bass player was, Pat Aaron.

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