St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): Proud families, public and private sector officials and well-wishers gathered at Government House Wednesday morning (June 14) to honor achievements of eight exceptional citizens of St. Kitts and Nevis.
The Investiture Ceremony focused on accomplishments in various fields, including Education, Sports, Nursing, and Tourism.
According to Deputy Prime Minister Shawn Richards, these exemplary nationals dedicated their lives to improving the country’s cultural and national development.
“Several different aspects of our own development, I think, have been brought to the forefront this morning in looking at what the individuals here have contributed to the development of our society. Lady Hulda Lawrence, one who has excelled in the field of music and who has taught many persons here in the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis to play different instruments to become what we can consider to be experts also in the field of music, she has made a significant contribution. As recently as about two to three weeks ago, we had a meeting at Bird Rock Beach Hotel looking at our own cultural policy here in St. Kitts and Nevis, developing our natural cultural policy.
"Our cultural policy of course takes into consideration all of the different aspects of our cultural development, be it music or be it any other art form such as dancing, our tangible cultural heritage, our intangible cultural heritage, and as we put that cultural policy in place it is persons like Lady Hulda Lawrence who make it quite easy for the government and for the Department of Culture because a foundation has already been laid upon which we are able to build, we already have persons trained, we already have practitioners, and it is because we have those cadre of persons it becomes an easier task for the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis."
The Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire was bestowed to Mr. Elquemedo Willet for his contribution to Sports and International Cricket and Ms. Vanta Archibald for her contribution to Education, including Library Services and Community Activity.
Medals of Honor were awarded to Mrs. Silvia Isaac for her contribution to Nursing; Ms. Clarice Cotton for her contribution to Education and Special Olympics; Mrs. Vanta E. Walters for her contribution to Early Childhood Development; Mrs. Dalia John for contribution to the Public Service in Education; and Mr. Maurice Widdowson for his contribution to Tourism.
Lady Hulda Lawrence, for her contribution to the field of Music, was given the Companion Star of Merit.