Senior Counsel ‘proud’ of Sisserou Award of Honour

Astaphan received the nation's second highest honour on Independence Day
Astaphan received the nation’s second highest honour on Independence Day

“I feel proud, happy, good.”

Those were the words of Senior Counsel Anthony Waddy Astaphan who received, the Sisserou Award of Honour, the nation’s second highest award, for his long service in public and constitutional law on Independence Day.

He received that award from President of Dominica, His Excellency Charles Savarin, during the Parade of Uniformed Groups held the Windsor Park Sports Stadium.

Astaphan said in an interview said the award reminded him of words spoken to him by the late Michael Douglas, “We don’t get our flowers while we are alive.”

“Well, I got a Sisserou Award that has plenty feathers. I am very happy,” he stated.

According to Astaphan, law is not just about clients and money but it’s about recognition and contribution.

“You spend so much time working hard in what you do best. In my situation this award is my contribution to the law and you never really look over your shoulders to see if anyone is paying attention and it means to me that law is not just about clients and money but it’s about recognition and contribution,” he said.

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  1. too late
    November 6, 2015

    i think it was a good idea to give tony a bird he can lock in a cage and have control over because some comrades love to steal other comrades birds

  2. Mahaut
    November 6, 2015

    This is a disgrace to give this guy any award in the name of Dominica.
    These medals are for people who have worked selflessly to uplift the people of Dominica as a whole and the name of Dominica overseas too.
    I think I am giving up on Da, for its people have abandoned the values of being being a Dominican.

  3. Tjebe Fort
    November 6, 2015

    Listen sister. Tony Astaphan deserves everything that is coming to him. Every week he is on radio insulting and denigrating Dominicans. Using bad language, rude and foul language with that glib sidekick of his.An d now he have a dead parrot as a reward. Tony can handle himself and does not need anyone to stand up for him. If that is not so he better stay out of the spotlight and stand in the corner like little Tommy Tucker

  4. Tjebe Fort
    November 6, 2015

    Tony Astaphan looking just like a Godfather in that picture. Dark glasses and arms folded like saying. Come on! Take me on if your dare! All defiant and defensive. and belligerent
    That Sisserou better not talk before Tony tear its head off.

    November 6, 2015

    look at the arrogance and defiance on mister face… dominican slaves are the worst of those in t he Caribbean. yes massa we love you even if you disrespect us and make us feel inferior.

  6. The Real Facts
    November 6, 2015

    Congratulations Tony.
    You have every right to feel good about the award.
    You deserve the recognition and every bit of this award.
    Keep on fighting the good fight according to your intellect and experience.
    Good luck in your future endeavors.

  7. November 5, 2015

    well gulliver in liliput, you have called dominicans cock roaches and cacadore enough for this award. right now now what this govt. of jesters are doing is cheapening the awards. the awards are no longer high but cheap and base.

  8. UserName
    November 5, 2015

    With absolutely not one piece of twal depicting creole in his dress attire the “Mr. Mystic” in his face (underneath his ray-ban sun shades) is further expressed by the folded arms. This is happening even as President S looks down on him as his citation is being read. A very subversive as compared to a submissive stance by all accounts. Where is the display of humility and modesty in posture as he humbly await “his moment”. A true sign of something … could only be patriotic!!!!

    • The Real Facts
      November 6, 2015

      Some of you scrutinize every facet and look for faults where therfe are none.

      • The Real Facts
        November 6, 2015


  9. no law
    November 5, 2015

    sunglasses mafia style

  10. %
    November 5, 2015

    This man has done nothing for Dominica. This is really diminishing the value of the award.

  11. November 5, 2015

    There’s no one in Grand Bay for this year’s Sisserou Award of Honour, maybe Miss Vick, Mrs, Pascal, Mani of Rdio aba mango , Paul Alexander, Jams Alexander, Mr Standly Fadelle Small Black, Sammy Pacquette, Ti Paul and Bay Bay, Ralph Balot.

      November 6, 2015

      next year is mami turn, they cannot stop under de blood of jesus.. 2017 we giving kamala and her husband…I start making de list for skerrit

  12. Erasmus B. Black
    November 5, 2015

    Now for the Sisserou. The Parrot that is. I wonder if it could talk in context what it would say to Dominica. I am reminded of the short fable about a king who owned a parrot full of feathers that could talk ( in context). One day the parrot was discovered stealing some roast meat from the kitchen and the cook, in a rage, threw a pot of boiling water at him which scalded his feathers and left him with a large bald spot in his head. Sometime afterward the parrot observed the king in conversation with a priest who had a large bald spot in his head. He hopped over to His Reverence and said ” I see you like roast meat too.” Seems parrots of the same feathers or lack thereof will always flock together.

  13. November 5, 2015

    Imagine? if he was a taller man?? the bird feathers will create more feathers. Get Rich or die trying, nothing wrong with that. Congratulations!! Senior Counsel, there much more to come. Seriously! keeping it Real.

  14. A Doubting Thomas In Solidarity
    November 5, 2015

    I wish to congratulate Mr. Anthony W. Astaphan for his recognition by the Government of Dominica for his service to country, and to me, a deserving recipient of this year Sisserou Award, Dominica’s 2nd Highest Award. Well Done Tony!!

    Congratulations to Dr. Clarissa Etienne on receiving Dominica’s Highest Award, not too many of these are handed out. And to all the other Awardees. Congratulations to all of you and you families. Thanks all for your work for our country and her people. We should be proud of all the recipients. I know I am. It is wonderful to see people being recognized and appreciated in their country and their people for all their hard work.

    Excellent all.

    • Views Expressed
      November 5, 2015

      Doubting Thomas, please do not place This Tony Astaphan in the same story, picture as Distinguished Dr, Clarissa Ettienne………

      He is questionable the Dr. is credible

      • A Doubting Thomas In Solidarity
        November 5, 2015

        Views Expressed.

        You are entitled to your opinion and so am I. I believe they are both tops in their individual chosen field and have both done excellent work at home and abroad and have both made Dominica proud; therefore deserve all the recognition they are given and definitely their individual Awards.

        Again Congratulations to all the Awardees.

      • The Real Facts
        November 6, 2015

        I know Carissa and her family. Do you know her/them?
        So he did. It did not diminish her in anyway.
        Tony is a decent man. What is your problem?
        .As I have previously stated, those who support the PM, the non-supporters do not like them. Too bad for you.

      • Tjebe Fort
        November 6, 2015

        You are right Views. People like Doubting Thomas are too smart by half. They are like a vendor showing you beautiful produce and put some spoiled stuff with it in your bag for you. Garcon, even one bad apple in the barrel makes the whole barrel infected. Don’t put Tony Astaphan in a barrel with Dr. Clarissa.

      November 6, 2015

      service to country or service to skerrit.

  15. ברכי נפשי את ה' - תהלים ק"ד
    November 5, 2015

    But what has Tony done for Dominica, did he waive legal fees to so we can use the money in the treasury to help poor people, come on now u fellas stretching the joke too far! :mrgreen:

    • The Real Facts
      November 6, 2015

      What have you done and the other critics for Dominica?

  16. Anansi
    November 5, 2015

    Is now he looking the part…straight out of a Sacha Cohen movie.

  17. Doc. Love
    November 5, 2015

    I feel, good, and happy to have said the following, “What do you use to kill a cockroach, the shoe. So when I say Edison, say Cockroach, and when I say Tim, Tim, say Cacador and when I say Crazy, say mosquito, because we are going to use the shoe to mash up the Cockroach, the Cacador, and the Mosquito.” I Sissero Bird must be feeling very hurt for a replica of it to be given to such a human being.

  18. G
    November 5, 2015

    He has defended the prime minister with all his skills as a lawyer he deserved his award under the labour party reigns in power.

  19. Mitch
    November 5, 2015

    Does someone who has called Dominicans Cockroaches repeatedly deserve any award from the state?

    Folks we are in trouble.- if you have not realized that by now because of your political blinders- I guarantee you in due time you will find out.

    I cry for Dominica.

  20. Views Expressed
    November 5, 2015

    We Dominicans feel sad, stained, insulted, robbed by this unnecessary patronising award undeserved to someone in dark shades consistently NOT representing us Dominicans on the extent and frequency of bobol and poor governance in our poverty stricken island Dominica.
    Dominicans are still awaiting on answers to the bib bobol fiasco, who lead this thievery, who protected it, whose brother in Pennsylvania had a brother high up in government………what about the passports fiasco?
    There are more questions than answers……I feel we are being robbed………or have been robbed

  21. maindesk
    November 5, 2015

    Why are the eyes so covered up in sunshades in this formal photo

    • :)
      November 5, 2015

      I suppose if he had no sunglasses on and was squinting you would have something to say about that too.

    • MY 2cents
      November 5, 2015

      The stupid questions Duminicans ask. SMH

    • Ideal
      November 6, 2015

      They are covered because the true would show in his eyes that he does not deserve this award. Only honourable people deserve this award

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