The former economics teacher, and who until earlier this year, also held the position of Chief Secretary, has been awarded the Commander of the British Empire, CBE.
In making the announcement, Prime Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas indicated that Edmeade was amongst a short list of citizens who have served the country with distinction and therefore honoured by Her Majesty The Queen of England and the Commonwealth. St. Kitts & Nevis also recognizes Queen Elizabeth as its Head of State, despite being an independent country.
Edmeade was awarded the CBE for his long and dedicated career in the public service, and for his hard work and outstanding contribution, stated the Prime Minister. Douglas said his close confidant is truly deserving of this most prestigious honour.
Also being recognized for their outstanding careers in the public service were Ambassador Errol Maynard, with the Order of the British Empire, OBE and Mr. Osmond Petty as a Member of the British Empire, MBE. Maynard is also a former Captain in the St. Kitts & Nevis Defense Force and Petty once held the positions of Chief Education Officer and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education at a later date.
In the field of education and for dedicated service, the Queen has also bestowed the MBE on Veronica Phillip, who is a former long serving principal of the Epworth Junior School, now Maurice Hillier Memorial School, for over 44 years; 34 as head teacher.