Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II has awarded another British Virgin Islander for what is being described as unwavering commitment to the territory.
Former Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Communications and Works, Monica Allen last week received the British Empire Medal award.
Her award follows that of retired Deputy Governor Rosalie Adams; Director of the Department for Disaster Management, Sharleen Da Breo; and former public servant Elihu Rhymer who were all named on The Queen’s 2018 birthday honours list last week.
The Queen’s honours system recognises individuals who have made achievements in public life, committed themselves to serve and helping their community, or have been outstanding at what they do and have stood out as examples to other people.
The British Empire Medal is a medal awarded for meritorious civil or military service worthy of recognition by the Crown.
Allen is said to have contributed tirelessly to the Virgin Islands for half-a-century.
Among her notable achievements were 25 years to the public service.
Allen served on various boards including secretary to the Public Service Commission, member of the Disaster Preparedness Committee, Chairperson of the Ships Entertainment Committee, and member of the Gender Affairs Committee.
She has held various top posts such as President of the Lioness Club and Tortola Ladies Club. She has also served as chairperson of the Catholic church’s Parish Council.
Following Allen’s retirement from the civil service, she worked in the United States as the East Coast representative of the BVI Tourist Board for seven years and has been described as a model citizen, whose significant contribution to the territory is invaluable.
“Never in my wildest dreams did I ever entertain the thought or even envisage an occasion such as this. I should say here, with God, all things are possible and to Him, I give the glory for this recognition,” she said during a ceremony on June 15.
Meanwhile, Governor Augustus Jaspert presented her with the insignia and the Royal Warrant for her long-standing dedication and service to the community.
He said: “Her unwavering generosity and commitment to uplift and mentor those in need is a great source of pride for all Virgin Islanders.”