11 June 2018 | Judith James, a Bermudian Adventist, was one of eight Bermudians recognized in the 2018 version of The Queen’s Birthday Honors List. The list celebrates the work of “extraordinary” people featuring public figures as well as lesser-known individuals who have done outstanding community work.
According to Bernews, James taught for 47 years in Bermuda’s public school system before retiring. She is a literacy advocate for young people. She has promoted a “Reading is Fun” campaign in schools across Bermuda. In 2001, James traveled to the Smithsonian Institute’s Folk Life Festival to present on traditional games from Bermuda, an area in which she is an expert. She was also Grand Marshall for the 2018 Bermuda Day Parade.
James is currently the head of the kindergarten division at Southampton Seventh-day Adventist Church in the British island territory.
Over 1,000 people were recognized on the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honors List. The list is created by the British government and approved by Queen Elizabeth II. It is released twice a year, once at New Year’s and once to mark the Queen’s birthday. This year’s list was released on June 8.
According to the denomination’s Office of Archives, Statistics and Research, there are 4,025 Adventists in Bermuda as well as 11 churches.