New knights hum­bled by honour
By Regina Sel­man Moore

Promi­nent attorney-​at-​law Dr. Sir Trevor Austin Carmichael, K.A., LVO, SCM, Q.C., and pio­neer in the field of car­di­ol­ogy and med­ical edu­ca­tion Pro­fes­sor Sir Trevor Austin Has­sell, K.A., GCM, MBBS, FRCP, FACC, are truly feel­ing hon­oured to be the island’s newest Knights of St. Andrew.

Gov­er­nor Gen­eral of Bar­ba­dos, His Excel­lency Sir Elliott Bel­grave, yes­ter­day con­ferred the acco­lade of Knight of St. Andrew, Bar­ba­dos’ high­est hon­our, on each of the two out­stand­ing sons of the soil, as recip­i­ents of the island’s National Inde­pen­dence Hon­ours had their time in the spot­light at the 2013 Pre­sen­ta­tion of Insignia of the National Hon­ours and Awards cer­e­mony, held at Gov­ern­ment House.

Dr. Sir Trevor Austin Carmichael was hon­oured for his out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion to the finan­cial ser­vices sec­tor, inter­na­tional busi­ness law prac­tice and his sev­eral excep­tional, phil­an­thropic and vol­un­tary activ­i­ties, while Pro­fes­sor Sir Trevor Austin Has­sell, K.A., GCM, MBBS, FRCP, FACC was hon­oured for his sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to the med­ical pro­fes­sion, in par­tic­u­lar, Cardiology.

Both knights,who share the same first name, noted that they were both pleased and happy to be con­ferred such an hon­our for their note­wor­thy achieve­ments and contributions.

“I just sim­ply wish to say that I feel truly hum­bled and I want to recog­nise all of those so many per­sons who have con­tributed in one way or another to any small or not so small achieve­ment I have made and this includes my wife and my fam­ily and my many pro­fes­sional col­leagues and friends,” Has­sell, who is mar­ried to Lucinda and is the proud father of Yonette, Andrew and Christo­pher, told mem­bers of the media.

“One feels hon­oured obvi­ously. One feels hum­ble and one feels happy,” Carmichael, who is mar­ried to Sharen and is the proud father of one son, Giles, remarked.

“It’s a great hon­our, but it is one obvi­ously which I share with many peo­ple, with my fam­ily, my friends, my pro­fes­sional col­leagues and I’ve just been very for­tu­nate to have had so many peo­ple assist, help me, like me and love me,” Carmichael added.

When asked to point out the high point of his career, Has­sell had the fol­low­ing to say.

“My abil­ity to help peo­ple in some small way. I truly believe that’s really my rai­son d’être, to help peo­ple and to the extent that I have done that, is the extent to which I feel very pleased and happy and con­versely, the extent to which I have not done that, I am sad­dened. But I’d like to think that those sit­u­a­tions where I have not helped, would not be too many” he remarked.

Carmichael on the other hand acknowl­edged his work in the inter­na­tional busi­ness sec­tor, but he also noted smaller highlights.

“For me life is a con­tin­u­ous ses­sion of high­lights. Every day is a high­light. To get up in the morn­ing and enjoy the beauty of Bar­ba­dos or wher­ever it may be is a high­light and within those big high­lights, those macro high­lights if you will, there are many micro high­lights. Yes, it is the inter­na­tional busi­ness, but it’s also the plea­sures I get in the work which I do for the museum, in the work which I do for the Inter­na­tional Coun­cil of Muse­ums (in Paris), the National Art Gallery Com­mit­tee. I enjoy every­thing that I do and that is my high­light. Enjoy­ment, total enjoy­ment. I love it and I want to con­tinue enjoy­ing it and con­tinue con­tribut­ing how­ever I can and work­ing with all those friends out there who help to make Bar­ba­dos a bet­ter place” he said.

Sourced from the Bar­ba­dos Advo­cate http://​www​.bar​ba​dosad​vo​cate​.com

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