by Eulana Weekes
St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): Ten individuals on the island of Nevis were honoured for their sterling years of contributions to the development of Nevis during the Independence 40 Ceremonial Parade at the Elquemedo T Willett Park on Tuesday, September 19, 2023.
Protocol officer Shirna Brown announced the awardees, whilst Deputy Governor General Her Honour Mrs Hyleta Liburd presented the plaques to them.
The names of awardees and areas of recognition are:
Mr Courtney Bryant- Community Service- He, for decades, offered special transportation services to many people throughout the communities of Nevis.
Mr Dale Claxton- Entrepreneurship- From a very young age, he became an entrepreneur and has growingly developed his business into one of the leading heavy equipment businesses in the Federation.
Ms Bernadette “Mem” Wallace- Business- She was one of the first owners of a pizza business in Nevis, Mem’s Pizzeria, which has grown into a household name and an enjoyable liming spot.
Pastor Arthur Freeman- Religion- He has for many decades served as a Pastor and has spread many messages of love, peace and hope throughout the country.
Mrs Jessica Scarborough- Health- She contributed over 40 years of service through nursing and is a professional in Infectious Disease Management. She continues to contribute meaningfully even in retirement.
Mr Stedroy Pemberton and Mr Kenneth Ferguson- Construction- They, for many years, have contributed to the development of the island through their craftsmanship. The duo have constructed many beautiful buildings in Nevis, which remain evident today.
Mr Godwin “Mike” Browne- Agriculture- He is a former civil servant who pursued his passion for farming and continues to play his part to ensure food security in St. Kitts and Nevis.
Mr Leroy “Junior” Parris- Culture- He continues to keep steelpan music alive in the Federation, not only through his own superb steelpan presentations but also as a steelpan instructor to many people ranging from childhood to the elderly.
Ms Irma Johnson- Culture- She is one of the founding members of Nevis Culturama and, for many years, played a vital role in the development of the festival. She is referred to as the “Mother of Culturama”.