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Bridgetown, Barbados, December 15th, 2017 (CDEMA) – Described as a stalwart and standard bearer in disaster management in the Caribbean, Brigadier General (R) Earl Arthurs was presented the 2017 CDEMA Council of Ministers and Lifetime Achievement Awards at the Closing Ceremony, Awards & Gala Dinner of the 10th Caribbean Conference on Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM) held on Friday, December 8, 2017, at Melia Nassau Beach Resort.

The CDEMA Council and Lifetime Achievement Awards were bestowed upon General Arthurs for his unwavering dedication and passion in serving the region for over twenty (20) years. General Arthurs, former CDEMA’s Emergency Operations Specialist, has been at the frontier of disaster response operations in every major regional event including; Hurricanes Mitch in 1998, Keith in 2000, Iris in 2001, Ivan in 2004, Joaquin and Erika in 2015, Matthew in 2016 and most recently, Irma and Maria in 2017. After the great earthquake of 2010 which devastated Haiti, he was CARICOM’s representative on the ground for almost six (6) weeks, performing the role of Special Coordinator. General Arthurs successfully guided the CARICOM Legacy projects in Leogane in Haiti in 2010 and again in Les Cayes in 2016.

The Awards were a significant part of the 10th CDM Conference, which recognised and honoured individuals for their outstanding contributions to disaster management in the region and in celebration of the 10th hosting of the conference. Mr. Philmore Mullin, Director of the National Office of Disaster Services (NODS) in Antigua and Barbuda, was also presented the CDEMA Lifetime Achievement Award for his distinguished career in Caribbean disaster management for over 25 years. He was recognised for his leadership, expertise, dedication and commitment to disaster management planning, execution and response in the region.

The St. Catherine Parish Council, Jamaica and Mr. Mikael Maanstroem of GRAMMIC Assistance AB/Knowledge Agency Europe, were both presented the CDEMA Recognition Award for having consistently participated and supported the CDM Conferences since inception in 2006.

The inaugural Jeremy Collymore Award for Research in Humanitarian Response and Disaster Risk Management was presented to Dr. Denise D.P. Thompson. The Jeremy Collymore Award was launched in June 2017 and seeks to support innovative and insightful research for improved emergency response and Disaster Risk Management (DRM) in the CDEMA Participating States. Mr. Collymore presented the award to Dr. Thompson during the Awards Ceremony and she also receives a US$5000 grant towards her research, which will be presented at the 11th CDM Conference in 2019.


The CDEMA Awards Programme was launched at the the 9th Caribbean Conference on Comprehensive Disaster Management on Thursday, December 3, 2015 at Melia Nassau Beach Resort. The Awards Programme was endorsed by the CDEMA Council of Ministers at the Sixth Meeting of the Council on June 26, 2015 in Bridgetown, Barbados.

The CDEMA Council Award is the highest award of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency. It is awarded to individuals in recognition and honour of significant long-term efforts and contributions, which have clearly influenced the advancement of Comprehensive Disaster Management in the CDEMA member states.

The key objectives of the Awards are:

  • To recognise the contributions and commitment given over the years to advance and strengthen national and regional level efforts to reduce disaster loss including the impacts of climate change

  • To increase awareness of the work of the CDEMA

  • To encourage and promote increased awareness of and participation in advancing the CDM agenda

For further information, please contact:

Clive Murray
Communication and Education Specialist
Resilience Way, Lower Estate
St. Michael
Tel #: (246) 434-4880
Fax #: (246) 271-3660
Email: [email protected]

Mr Ronald Jackson, Executive Director of CDEMA (left) presenting the CDEMA Lifetime Achievement Award to Mr. Philmore Mullin, Director of the National Office of Disaster Services, Antigua and Barbuda. Left - Mr Jeremy Collymore presenting the Jeremy Collymore Award for Research in Humanitarian Response and Disaster Risk Management to Dr. Denise Thompson, the first recipient of the Award.

The Hon. Samantha Marshall, Minister of Social Transformation and Human Resource Development, Antigua and Barbuda and Chair of the CDEMA Council of Ministers (left) presenting the CDEMA Council Award to General Earl Arthurs.



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