CHARLESTOWN: The Nevis Island Administration (NIA) has reiterated its commitment to working with the Nevis Historical and Conservation Society (NHCS) in preserving the island’s culture and heritage.
Deputy Premier and Minister of Culture Mark Brantley gave the assurance at an awards ceremony last week hosted by the Society on the grounds of the Alexander Hamilton Museum.
“Premier Vance Amory who regrettably could not be here, has asked me to convey his regard and convey the fact that we, as an administration, are committed to working with the Nevis Historical and Conservation Society because we value it as an organization.
“We see it as an organization which embodies what we are seeking to do which is to build but at the same time preserve; to understand that what we have is valuable and that in building, in growing and developing, we ought not to lose that which makes us Nevisian. So we thank you very much and we commit to continue that partnership and to be part of what you do here,” said Brantley.
During the ceremony, a number of persons who had volunteered their services over the years to the NHCS were among those honoured. Brantley thanked the awardees for their contributions to the 30-year-old organization.
“We have people like Hanzel Manners, Beverly Parry-Robinson, Isabel Byron, Jenny Lowery, Susan Gordon, Lloyd Hezekiah, Herman Liburd, Richard Lupinacci and Arthur Evelyn, all of these individuals who have been awarded today are being awarded because of their long service to the Nevis Historical and Conservation Society.
“I thought it important to mention them by name because it is because of the service that these individuals have given why we are able to stand here today and say that this Society is 30 years old. It is because of the selfless service of these individuals that they have put their mind and their efforts into building something bigger than themselves why we are here today to celebrate,” said Brantley.
Brantley said it is important to remember the past, even though it is easy to forget.
“It is very easy sometimes to say this is the now and we forget those who 30 years ago, merely had the idea and who had to put in tremendous effort to ensure that 30 years on we are celebrating. So, for me, it is a critical part of our history and our heritage, that we remember those who contributed much. Those who might have taken an idea, small as it was and planted that idea, watered it and watched it grow.
“So I want to thank Hanzel Manners, Beverly Robinson, Isabel Byron, Jenny Lowery, Susan Gordon, Lloyd Hezekiah, Herman Liburd, Richard Lupinacci and Arthur Evelyn, who are being recognized today but who I am sure, would join with me in saying that this struggle, in this journey, was not just them but others participated as well…because so many have contributed so much in making the Nevis Conservation and Historical Society what it is,” he said.
Quiz winners from various primary and secondary schools on the island were also honoured at the ceremony. The contests were jointly hosted by the NHCS and the Ministry of Tourism in collaboration with Voice of Nevis (VON) Radio.