CHARLESTOWN: The Combermere Community Centre was recently renamed after retired public servant and educator, Franklyn Browne.
At the official ceremony, Minister of Social Development, Hensley Daniel, said there was no one more fitting in the community of Combermere, located in the parish of St. James, to deserve the honour.
Browne served as a teacher in the community for 41 years. On January 31 2012, he was selected by the Ministry of Social Development as the person most deserving to cut the ribbon at the official opening of the first community centre for the area.
“As a teacher he has given credence to the view that education is the surest means of upward and social mobility. He lifted many young people out of poverty. The programs at the centre reflect the embodiment and character of Mr. Browne.
“This total and absolute public servant gave 41 years of his life, save for 10 years at New River, as a teacher in this community. He has to be recognized and should have been a long time ago,” said Daniel.
The ceremony was attended by members of Browne’s family, fellow villagers, past students, and members of the Nevis Reformation Party-led Nevis Island Administration.
In addition to honouring Browne, Daniel said the ceremony was held in part to keep the Nevis Island Administration’s commitment to honour the island’s deserving citizens for years of hard work and dedicated service to the people of Nevis.
Daniel said he first met Browne in 1977 when he attended an induction course for prospective teachers and described the former educator as a man of integrity. He also described Browne as an example of a man who had worked devoutly for the good of others.
At the end of the ceremony, Browne, with his wife Lorraine at his side, unveiled the new name of the Centre, the Franklyn A. Browne Community Centre.
Other remarks at the ceremony, which featured tributes in song and dance, came from Attorney General and Area Representative, Patrice Nisbett, and Premier of Nevis, Joseph Parry, who presented Browne with a plaque.