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Bellevue Chopin Native Gets Most Excellent Honour from Queen

by: - December 30, 2019
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Bellevue Chopin resident and former pupil of Bellevue Chopin Government School, David Michael has been awarded an MBE by the Queen in the 2020 New Year Honours List for services to the community in Greater London.

The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is a British order of chivalry, rewarding contributions to the arts and sciences, work with charitable and welfare organisations, and public service outside the civil service.

David has been involved with the Dominica Associations in the UK serving as Vice Chair of the Dominica UK Association (DUKA) and Executive Member of the Dominica Overseas Nationals Association (DONA). He also served as a Board member of the Dominica Natural Disaster and Development Fund (DNDDF). David has been supportive of the work of successive Dominica High Commissioners in the UK over the years. He was also Deputy Chairman of the British Caribbean Association in the UK.

David returned to Dominica in 2018 to build his residence in Bellevue Chopin and to contribute to his local community and wider in Dominica. He is a Board member of the Dominica Cancer Society and a member of the Rotary Club of Dominica. He is in earnest and positive discussions with the Minister of National Security Hon Rayburn Blackmoore and Commissioner of Police Mr Daniel Carbon about a Consultancy role with the Ministry and the Commonwealth of Dominica Police Force to establish Community Police Engagement Forums in Dominica.

David joined the Metropolitan Police Service in December 1972 and after his initial training was posted to Lewisham Borough in early 1973 to serve at Ladywell Police Station. He was the first Officer of African heritage to serve in Lewisham in modern history and at the time was one of only eleven black Police Officers in a Force of 22,000. David had a successful and productive police career retiring as a Detective Chief Inspector at Scotland Yard after 30 years of police duty.

He adopted Lewisham Borough as his home. David was the first appointed Special Adviser to former Executive Mayor of Lewisham Sir Steve Bullock and Lewisham Council, advising on Community Cohesion and Community Relations. David was the recipient of the inaugural Mayor of Lewisham Citizenship Award. He was also the recipient of the inaugural ‘Our London, Our future’ award from former Prime Minister Tony Blair.

David has been awarded an Honorary Master of Laws degree by the University of Greenwich, Honorary Doctor of Laws degree by the University of Westminster and an Honorary Master of Arts degree by London Metropolitan University. After retirement from the Metropolitan Police Service, David has engaged in a wide range of community, voluntary and charitable work. This included community groups and organisations in Lewisham, cancer awareness organisations and organisations honouring Police Officers killed in the line of duty.

He was Chair of Lewisham Community Police Consultative Group for several years and was instrumental with others in adapting the group to become the Lewisham Safer Neighbourhood Board. David represented Lewisham in the London-Wide Chairs forum of Community Police Engagement Groups and worked in partnership with Lewisham Council, the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime and other partners. David served as a Lewisham Councillor for a four year term representing Evelyn Ward in Deptford. He was a member of and one time Chair of the Safer Stronger Communities Select Committee and Vice Chair of the Licensing Committee. In 2013 David was the winner of the ‘Positive Role Model – Race, Religion and Faith’ after several thousand nominations at the National Diversity Awards in Leeds.

David said, “I am pleased and proud to receive this special Honour. I am grateful to those who made the time to nominate me and considered me worthy of consideration. I am also grateful to those who made the ultimate decision to approve me for the award.”