July 02, 2015
Celebrating Woman International (CWI) a subsidiary of TKHGFI nonprofit organization, announced plans today to award Ms. Allerdyce Strachan with the “Woman of Distinction Award” 2015 for her outstanding accomplishments professionally and within the community.
Ms. Allerdyce Marina Louise Strachan was born in Rock Sound, Eleuthera to Otis and Madeline Cooper. She received her early education in Eleuthera as well as in Grand Bahama. Upon completing her high school education, she worked as a Teacher’s Assistant in Eleuthera until 1964.
Ms. Strachan’s career on The Royal Bahamas Police Force began in June, 1965. She worked her way through the ranks in a number of departments including the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) for 26 years now (CDU), Community Policing, Crime Prevention and the Traffic Department. In September 1996, she was promoted to Superintendent of Police, becoming the first woman in the 160-year history of The Royal Bahamas Police Force to attain that rank.
In 1999, she retired from active duty on The Royal Bahamas Police Force.
In 2001, a childcare facility for the children of police officers was established in the Police Force. Ms. Strachan was invited to return as the administrator and the establishment was named in her honour.
During her tenure on the Force, Superintendant Strachan was a role model and confidant to other officers (especially female). She was credited for having dismantled a number of youth gangs in New Providence. Superintendent Strachan is often referred to as the architect of Modern day Community Policing in The Bahamas.
Her many accomplishments include Best Recruit (1965), Good Conduct Medal (1984), Meritorious Award (1985), Silver Jubilee Award from the Government of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas (1998), a recipient of the Zonta Club of New Providence Living Legends Award (2000), The Royal Bahamas Police Force Silver Salvo Award (2003) and the Prison Fellowship Award.
She served as Vice President of the International Association of Community Police Officers from 1996 – 1999 and she is the founding Secretary of The Royal Bahamas Police Force Retired Officers Association.
Superintendant Strachan is the proud mother of four children.
Founded in 2013, Celebrating Woman International aims to mobilize and inspire women across the globe, to honor, recognize and celebrate the contributions of women, leveraging their untapped leadership capabilities in order for them to thrive in the world so that they can lead productive lives.
Celebrating Woman International goals are to:
• Unite, connect, engage and inspire women to honor and celebrate themselves and other women worldwide.
• Expand women’s global business and leadership opportunities.
• Create a virtual “Celebrating Woman” Worldwide Center & Hall of Honor by 2020.
• Provide a one-of-a-kind global education initiative focused on honoring differences.
• Inspire a spirit of service and giving among women.
“Celebrating Woman International thinks honoring women for their accomplishments and hard work is a wonderful way to thank and inspire other women within the community. These awards are intended to do that. The selected honourees have demonstrated an untiring zeal for service to the community and inspire us through their selfless commitment to improving the lives of others,” Celebrating Woman International Corporate Secretary, Collin Smith said.
During the month of October, the “Woman of Distinction Awards” will be awarded to women who have made significant contributions in the following categories: arts; business; finance & trade; religion; law; civics; media and sports in The Bahamas.
During the month of September, Celebrating Woman International will announce the names of all the honorees and give more details about the upcoming events.