The Atlantis Paradise Island Nassau Community Service Award was granted on Feb. 13 to the Wild Horses of Abaco (W.H.O.A.) Preservation Society for their community service on the island. On March 12, W.H.O.A. board members Milanne Rehor (also known as Mimi), Wynsome Ferguson of the Abaco Tourist Office, and David Knowles of the Bahamas National Trust (BNT) met at the BNT office for the presentation of the cheque received from Atlantis.
The Abaco branch of Bahamas Air Sea Rescue Association has been awarded the prestigious Association for Rescue at Sea (AFRAS) Caribbean Search & Rescue Award for 2012. AFRAS membership includes the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary and the British Royal National Lifeboat Institution as well as many other marine rescue organizations worldwide.
A couple, who opened some of Abaco’s early hotels and worked to preserve kerosene-fueled lighthouses, have been named winners of the Lifetime Achievement Award for the 15th Cacique Awards, the awards organizers announced. David and Phoebe Gale beat out 16 others to win the prestigious Clement Maynard Lifetime Achievement Award. The Abaco couple moved to the Bahamas in 1954 and later became Bahamian citizens. They started out in the tourism industry as hoteliers, but Mr. and Mrs. Gale eventually opened Island Marine, renting small boats and cottages to visitors.