Independence Arts Achievement award for Althea
On 8 September 2012 H.E. Garvin Nicholas, High Commissioner for the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, presented Althea McNish with an award for Achievement in the Arts as part of the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Independence of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, at a Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony at the Royal Garden Hotel, London. Althea is the holder of the Chaconia Medal (Gold) of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, one of their highest civic awards, received in 1976 for 'long and meritorious service to art and design' and in 1993 she received the Scarlet Ibis Award of the London High Commission for Trinidad and Tobago for 'long and meritorious service'. In November 2006 Althea was made an Honorary Doctor of Fine Art of the University of Trinidad and Tobago, with an oration by the eminent Trinidadian artist Pat Bishop.