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Also, [that] the soul [be] without knowledge, [it is] not good; and he that hasteth with [his] feet sinneth. Proverb 19:2 "A liberally educated person meets new ideas with curiosity and fascination. An illiberally educated person meets new ideas with fear."
“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.” ~Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterward."
“Education is an ornament in prosperity and a refuge in adversity.”
“We have an obligation and a responsibility to be investing in our students and our schools. We must make sure that people who have the grades, the desire and the will, but not the money, can still get the best education possible. “
“Education is only a ladder to gather fruit from the tree of knowledge, not the fruit itself.” ~Carl Rogers
~ Barack Obama “Children go to School and learn well, otherwise, later on ion life you going catch real hell…” ~The Mighty Sparrow
Upon this gifted
age, in its dark hour falls from the sky a me-teoric shower of facts; They lie unquestioned, uncombined. Wisdom enough to leech us of our ill is daily spun, But there exists no loom to weave it into fabric. Edna St. Vincent Millay
~Oliver Wendell Holmes
~James B. Stockdale
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
"The main part of intellectual education is not the acquisition of facts but learning how to make facts live."
“A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car; but if he has a university education he may steal the whole railroad.”
“True education makes for inequality, the inequality of individuality, the inequality of success, the glorious inequality of talent, of genius.”
~Felix E. Schelling
***Thank You For38Celebrating With Us***
The 6thAnnual Nevisian Association Of Washington DC Honors Banquet
Saturday September 18, 2010 The Bethesda North Marriott Hotel 5701 Marinelli Rd Rockville MD 20852 1
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Bridging the gap between Nevisians at home and those in the Diaspora.
The Nevis Association of Washington DC (NEV‐ DC) is a non-partisan, non‐profit organization which strives to promote economic, educational, technological, social and cultural advancement of Nevisians and their descendants, at home and abroad.
We the members of the Nevisian Association of Washington, DC (NEV‐DC) pledge to support endeav‐ ors that will foster and promote the advancement of Nevisians and their descendants at home and abroad. We also pledge to initiate and participate in activities and programs, at home and abroad, that will always enhance Nevisians and their descendants through social, economic, educational, technological, and cultural avenues.
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Membership in NEV‐DC is open to Nevisians, their de‐ scendants, and other persons and organizations having an interest in the advancement of Nevis and Nevisians. Anyone wishing to join the organization may do so by visiting www.nevdc.org.
k Lauren Rivers-Clar
Everton Elliott Jasmine Woods
November 8, 2003, saw the founding of Nevisian Association of Washington DC (NEV‐DC). The or‐ ganization was founded a number of Nevisians in the Washington DC area, who pledged to come together with the objective of forming an organization dedicated to creating a positive impact on the lives of Nevisians at home and abroad. Ourmission statement is: The Nevis Association of Washington DC (NEV‐DC) strives to promote eco‐ nomic, educational, technological, social and cultural advancement of Nevisians and their descendants, at home and abroad. With the objective of fulfilling this mission, NEV‐DC wishes to engage Nevisian organizations at home and abroad in being actively involved in addressing issues that affect Nevisians.
Visit our website, www.nevdc.org, to familiarize yourself with the Organizations’ constitution and by‐ laws.
NEV‐DC is a non‐partisan organization, and has no interest in supporting any political party or organization in Nevis. NEV‐DC is, however, inter‐ ested in issues affecting Nevis, and vows to always act in the interest of Nevis, regardless of which political party supports said issues.
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Executive’s Message This, the 6th anniversary of the Nevisian Association of Washington DC , is an especially important one; because this year we will honor and celebrate our heroes in the convocation of education as our nation celebrates its 27th anniversary of Independence. It is an honor and a privilege to greet all of our fellow Nevisians and Friends. We are pleased to welcome you this evening to NEVDC’s 6th Anniversary Honors Ban‐ quet.
Jasmine Woods President
NEV‐DC represents a vibrant segment of a Diaspora striving for aca‐ demic excellence, social awareness, and economic empowerment. Our dynamic group is made up of individuals who share the same dreams and aspirations for community and nation building. The awards presentation tonight would not have been possible if not for the commitment and dedication of the executive group and members who give generously of their time and resources; while working tirelessly to make this event a great success. We offer a special thanks to each of you as well as to our corporate and individual sponsors.
St. Kitts and Nevis Association of Boston c/o Donna Williams
District of Columbia
Fitzroy Williams Vice President
Shauna Fleming Treasurer
St. Kitts and Nevis Association of Florida (SNAF) Snaf.firstname.lastname@example.org St. Kitts and Nevis Association of Tampa (SNAT) c/o Veda Woods
Kester (Dasent) Williams Secretary
New Jersey Sons and Daughters of St. Christopher Benevolent and Charitable Society of New Jersey Inc. email@example.com www.sonsanddaughtersofstkittsnj.org Sons and Daughters of St. Christopher in America c/o J Recaldo Henry
Canada British Columbia St. Kitts and Nevis Cultural Association of British Columbia firstname.lastname@example.org
Edmonton St. Kitts and Nevis Edmonton Association c/o Richard Shelford
St. Kitts and Nevis Cultural Association of Montreal email@example.com
St. Kitts and Nevis Association of Atlanta firstname.lastname@example.org
Friends of Labour email@example.com
Hearts & Hands for Nevis www.hhfnevisinc.org firstname.lastname@example.org
Nevis Canada Cultural Association (NEVCAN) email@example.com
We want to give thanks to the most high God as we celebrate this 6th anniversary and we ask him to grant each and every one of you his richest blessings, and for his protection as you return to your family and friends. We thank you for helping us celebrate this special occasion.
Kittitians and Nevisians Association (KANA) firstname.lastname@example.org
St. Kitts Canadian Association of Toronto (SKCAT) email@example.com www.skcat.com
Everton Elliott The Executive Group 2
Public Relations Officer
Kittitian American Benevolent Association (KABA) firstname.lastname@example.org St. Kitts and Nevis Association of New York email@example.com
The Nevis Alliance Progressive Society (NAPS) of the British Virgin Islands Orendelle Malone President
Europe England St. Kitts Nevis and Friends Association (SKNaFa) Mr & Mrs P A Thomas St. Kitts and Nevis Association of Birmingham c/o Dr Edrich Harris St. Kitts and Nevis Association of Leeds c/o Perlina Sharry St. Kitts and Nevis Association of Slough c/o Eustace Herbert
St. Kitts and Nevis Association of Florida (Central Division) c/o Esmeralda Bowry
Tonight, we will pause for a moment to celebrate and honor eight of our Heroes in education. These individuals will be honored for their leadership, creativity and innovation, community involvement , accomplishments, and overall contribution to the institutional development of education.
Naomi Browne Assistant Treasurer/ Secretary
Nevisian Association of Washington DC firstname.lastname@example.org www.nevdc.org
Nevisian Association of South Florida email@example.com
Another year has passed, again we have kept our culture alive with the annual family fest and Socials. This year we went beyond and offered support to the wider community; we participated in the Relief Concert for Haiti; we sent a team to the Suzan G. Komen National Race for The Cure to end Breast Cancer; and we reached out to our sponsors and partners to raise fund to supply Cardiac Monitor Machines and a Vital Signs Monitors to the Alexandra Hospital. We envision a future where NEVDC will be able to partner with other Nevisian Organizations around to the World to initiate and participate in projects that will have huge impact on our community. Whether, it is healthcare, education, National Security or Culture, we look forward to utilizing the resources available to pour into the community that was responsible for our development.
St. Kitts Cultural Association of Toronto Desmond.firstname.lastname@example.org St. Kitts Canada Progressive Society email@example.com
NEVIS READS Our aim is to put a library in each classroom on Nevis Contact us to make a donation of books or cash. Sonita O Daniel Director Nevis Library Services Ministry of Education & Library Services Stony Grove Nevis Tel: 869.469.5524 x2118 Fax: 869.469.1440 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Primary Care at its Best Gilbert E. Daniel, M.D. Internal Medicine Gwendolyn Daniel Challenger, PA Well Woman Exams Office Hours by Appointment Walk-ins welcome Phone: 202.610.9578 Fax: 202.574.1918 1328 Southern Avenue, Suite 205 Washington, DC 20032 CONGRATULATIONS AND BEST WISHES TO THE NEVISIAN ASSOCIATION OF WASHINTION DC 34
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CONGRATULATIONS, BEST WISHES, AND CONTINUED SUCCESS TO THE NEVISIAN ASSOCIATION OF WASHINGTON DC ON YOUR 6TH ANNIVERSARY
Reflections…..Fun Times at School back in de Day?
Leaving Chapel School to eat macca and fat pork.
Go on walk-a-thons- around de island, starting to walk at the crack of dawn and setting records of reaching back to school as early as 1:00pm. These days you can hardly get school children to a mile before they are tired. Would walk from our homes, be it from Zion, in de hole of Cox, or Morning Star, or from the mountain in Rawlins, or the sea in Hanley’s Road. These days school children have school buses and family transportation to chauffeur them to school Witnessed the ferocious competition between Gingerland and Charlestown Secondary School in athletics meets and debate? These days the competitive spirit of learning seemed to have waned. Would take our bread and butter, bread and luncheon meat or whatever protein kind to school four our lunch, maybe even mangoes. These days, school children thrive on buying fast food, or restaurant meals every day. Looked forward to schools’ fundraising functions such as moonlight promenades, fairs and bazaars to show off outfits and meet boyfriends and girlfriends? These days schools seem to be handicapped for funds and school children seem more inclined to participate in more modern activities such as going to the movies. Were all our brothers’ keepers – from prefects, form teachers, subject teachers, principals, fellow students, neighbors, members of the church, members of the community, extended family members, and our parents kept us on the right track, instilled in us values and principles of being kind to each other, doing the right thing, getting a good education and having human decency. These days our beloved Nevis is having gang wars between our young people who are our future generation. We must resort back to the community that we once were, as it takes a village to raise a child. Using blacklead to write on chalk board tablet and going to a single room house in middle works for school
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Honourable Vance Amory Leader of Opposition , Nevis Island Assembly and Member of National Assembly. Fig Tree, Nevis. 4th September, 2010 Mrs. Jasmine Woods, President, NEVDC.. Dear President and Members, It is a distinct honour for me to send you this congratulatory message on the occasion of the celebration of your organization's 6th Anniversary. I look back at the inaugural function and feel that you must have a sense of accomplishment as you look at the projects which you have supported in Nevis, your native land and in the greater Washington DC area, in pursuit of the established objectives of NEVDC.. I am also aware that you have a mandate to remain a non-partisan organization and this is quite commendable. With this in mind, I look at the present social environment in our country and ask you to find some way in which you could offer, as part of your mandate, some assistance in social amelioration by providing resources ..human, financial and physical - to enhance the development of our youth in the several communities of our homeland. This would help our youth have a different perspective on socialization from a metropolitan standpoint and from the backgrounds from which you have come to reside , survive and grow in your adopted country. This could be a significant influence to help save our communities from the threat of deterioration and creeping imported (and local) anti-social influences and crime which is the biggest threat to our survival and ability to develop as a small country wishing to carve its own path in this very intolerant global environment. The evidence available suggests that physical infrastructural growth and economic development , creation of wealth and so on , could all be negated and wiped out if there is not the attendant social and human growth and development which has to be an integral part of the country's strategy to put our country back on track and away from the threat of social melt down which could so easily occur if steps are not taken immediately to achieve this macro national objective.. I make this suggestion as you celebrate another anniversary and as we and our country of St. Kitts and Nevis celebrate the 27th Anniversary of Independence. Based on the lack of serious policy direction in the fight against crime and the necessity to focus on our youth generally - not just the gifted and intellectually superior youth- this could be a challenge which your group could take up as I have come to recognize that there is enormous capacity and resourcefulness among you. You can make a difference in this area of concern and as you celebrate your 6th Anniversary of NEVDC, I challenge you to look at this sometimes difficult area and put your collective intellect to work. YOUR COUNTRY NEEDS YOU! With best wishes for a wonderful celebration. May God bless us all. Yours sincerely,
Heartiest Congratulations and Happy 6th Anniversary to the NEVISIAN ASSOCIATION OF WASHINGTON DC 32
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Favorite Teachers Teacher Shirley Brown - ―She was very caring to the infant school children, she encourage competitive spirit and made you feel like you can do anything.‖ - Adina Daniel Taylor Brian Carey - ―He pushed me to accounting when I dropped the subject. I ended up not only passing accounting but today I work in the field of accounting‖ - Candice Pinney Jennifer Hodge – ―She was my best teacher, she taught me how to read‖
- Deon Daniel
Sydney Liburd— ―He was my favorite teacher because his teaching style was unique. He made learning exciting, interesting, and pleasurable--the short community-oriented field trips, outdoor classes under shady trees and up the church steps, class pictures, and the conversations during recess. When Sydney was giving instruction you had no choice, but listen. He made learnig easy. He never raised his voice, yet he was firm and forceful. He always encouraged his students to aim high. Fourth grade (1970) at Chapel School was never the same after Mr. Sydney Liburd migrated to Canada. It was a struggle.‖ - Naomi Browne September 8, 2010 TO:
The Nevisian Association of Metropolitan Washington, DC
State Representative, Sheryl Williams Stapleton, Majority Whip
6th Anniversary of NEV-DC
It is indeed an honor and a pleasure for me to extend once again congratulations to NEV-DC on your 6th anniversary. All of us are aware of your exemplary works to assist and help Nevisians abroad as well as those at home. You are truly recognized for your outstanding support of our youth, education, health, and community awareness on the island of Nevis.
Dinsdale Morton - ―He was really interested in you doing well. Spent time all through recess explaining math so much as that by the end of the session, if you did not get the majority of the math problems correct, then something was really wrong with you.‖ - Carlton Piney Rosalie Andre - ―She brought out the best in you, a strict disciplinarian.‖ - Lauren Clark Hanzel Manners - ―He really cared about you as a student, insisted that I retake English in December after I failed it in summer. He worked with me tirelessly and obtained a distinction‖ - Jacklyn Thompson
I wish you much success on your 6th anniversary celebration and may you achieve all your endeavors as you celebrate at your awards banquet on September 18, 2010. Your choice of a keynote speaker for this event is not only superb, but an excellent choice. Who could address better the state of affairs on the island of Nevis, none other than the Honorable Vance Amory. I express many thanks to NEV-DC for recognizing our teachers.
Obidiah Williams - ―He motivated me to be adventurous and to try new things, like hiking, choral speaking and singing, ultimately boosting my self confidence.‖ - Randolph Taylor
Again, best wishes, thank you for your accomplishments on behalf of all Nevisians.
Dora Stevens - ―She was interested in you as a person and as a student…favorite quote…‖would you sit down upon your sit upon‖ Majorie Morton - ―She possessed an air of silent respect; great English teacher and treated all students the same‖ - Jacklyn Thompson
Ivor Henry - ―She would let me attend Chapel School whenever I returned home for summer vacation; and she would always challenge the class not to let me do better than them, since I was gone most of the school year‖. - Rico Clarke
SHERYL WILLIAMS STAPLETON House of Representatives State of New Mexico
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Embassy of St. Kitts and Nevis
MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND, GREAT SENECA PARK, GAITHERSBURG, MARYLAND GREETINGS FROM THE AMBASSADOR OF ST. KITTS AND NEVIS TO THE USA, HIS EXCELLENCY DR IZBEN C WILLIAMS
It is my singular pleasure and honour on behalf of the Embassy in Washington DC and of the St. Kitts and Nevis nationals throughout the United States to offer warm greetings and sincere congratulations to the Executive and the Membership of the Nevisian Association of Washington DC (NEVDC) on the occasion of your Sixth Anniversary Fundraiser on 18th September 2010. This event coincides with our Nation’s twentyseventh anniversary of independence on the 19th of September and in that regard I salute you at this time also.
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NEVDC has continued to play a cohesive and supportive role on behalf of our nationals in the Metro DC area and beyond, and to promote economic, educational, technological, social and cultural advancement of Nevisians and their descendants at home and abroad. I commend those whose vision spawned the organization and I congratulate the Association’s representatives, under the able and dynamic leadership of President Jasmine Daniel-Woods, not just on the planning and execution of this year’s Honors Banquet but also for the many initiatives that they envision for the benefit of Nevis. I wish to assure the Association that the Embassy stands ready to assist in any way possible towards the realization of the Association’s objectives. A word of congratulation is due also to this year’s honourees – eight teachers who are being honoured for their dedication to and leadership in the area education. I am pleased that education is being recognized for the essential role that it must play in our sustainable development and our self reliance. These dedicated teachers have been diligently preparing our youth for our future. Such labours of love, and with selfless constancy, is certainly worthy of our adoration.
Again, my congratulations to NEVDC on the occasion of your Sixth Annual Fundraiser. Let us also at this time give thanks to Almighty God as we celebrate the 27th Anniversary of our Nations Independence and let us commit to collaborate, to cooperate, and to work in unison with our leaders for the prosperity and security of St. Kitts and Nevis.
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A teachers Journey During the fifties, getting into high school was a special privilege. When Children reach that age, parents found many task for them to do in the garden, and around the yard. Consequently, some went to high school and some missed a lot of days. Back then people were prejudiced. Students who were preferred to pass the high school entrance exam were, taught and prepared differently than to students who some thought were hopeless. I wanted to be go to high school so bad, so when the day came to register for the exam, I got up early to catch Stanley Hobson's truck that transports vegetable vendors to the open market in Charlestown. It was the first time that I rode on the truck, I did not even know how to stop the truck when it reach the area by the school, therefore, the truck took into town by the market. Man, I was so scared, I thought I was lost and would not know how to find my way to the school . However, I remember seeing some school signs with a picture of a child walking to school, so I started walking back along the road until I saw the first sign. I hurried along the road, running some of the way to the Charlestown Senior School. Thank God, I saw the school signs. They saved me from missing out on my first big chance to get into high school. When, I reach the school, the scene was intimidating. There was a huge open hall with students everywhere. People came from all over to register for, and to take the High School Entrance Exam. I had saved up the 50cents out of my tiny allowance to pay for the exam because my Father said he was not going to pay for the exam. He had asked me why I wanted to go to High School and I told him I wanted to dress up in the fancy uniform with the cute hat and tie. He was not going to buy that. The results came back, I was so anxious to a hold of my grades. I just wanted to know if I made it. Guess what, I did well enough to be place on the academic wing of the school that was reserved for the more intelligent children. When I graduated high school, I became a grade school Teacher, enrolled in Teachers Training college and made Teaching my profession. After many years in Education I was offered and accepted a position as a principle. -Teach.
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Oh, say! can you see by the dawn's early light What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming; Whose broad stripes and bright stars, through the perilous fight, O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming? And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air, Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there: Oh, say! does that star-spangled banner yet wave O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?
Our County Where peace Abounds, Thy Children stand free On the strength of will And love With God in all our Struggles St. Kitts and Nevis be A Nation bound together
On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep, Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes, What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep, As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses? Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam, In fully glory reflected now shines in the stream: 'Tis the star-spangled banner! Oh, long may it wave O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
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And where is that band who so vauntingly swore That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion A home and a country should leave us no more? Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps' pollution! No refuge could save the hireling and slave From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave: And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
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Honorable Vance Amory Keynote Speaker
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Projects In Progress
NEVDC will send a team of volunteers to the Capital Area Food Bank (CAFB) in October, 2010 to pack food boxes for needy families in the Washington area. The mission of the CAFB is to end hunger. Since its formation in 1980, the food bank annually distributes more than 23 million pounds of food to more than 383,000 people through its agencies.
Education Project The Honorable Vance Amory is a Nevisian patriot. He has held many positions of influence in Nevis. He taught at both Secondary Schools in Nevis... The Charlestown Secondary School ( 19671970 and 1973-1974) and the Gingerland Secondary (1974-1977). In 1977, he was appointed as Headmaster at the Charlestown Secondary School. Mr. Amory resigned that appointment in 1981 to take a position as Manager at the Nevis Branch of the St. Kitts-Nevis National Bank . In 1983, when St. Kitts and Nevis became independent, Mr. Amory asked to join the staff of the newly established Nevis Island Administration to help with the development of that institution, as the Financial Secretary. Mr. Amory resigned that position in 1986 to establish the CCM party with men and women of like mind. Mr. Amory served as Premier and Minister of Finance for Nevis from 1992- 2006. He also served as Minister of Education for a number of years during that period. He has worked with many Community , Youth and Church groups and was a founding President of both the Nevis Athletic Association and the Nevis Football Association, and president of the Nevis Cricket Association. Mr. Amory is best known as a cricketer having represented Nevis, the Leeward and Windward Islands, and the West Indies President's XI (1971).
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How were we disciplined? Did we have parents telling teachers not to “hit” their children? Almost Never….instead we experienced Licks from Tamarind Rod, supplied by “the late Johnny Grant” Kneeling on hard concrete for hours Suspension from school, Stand at the back of the class for the entire period. Write lines legible and in your own hand writing with a blue or black in pen on sided paper Getting suspended from a class for more than one periods, especially just prior to a test Getting sent to the Principle office for lashes In the end, we turned out to be good citizens, respected the law, our parents, our teachers, and our elders; and we were disciplined and educated.
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Our Projects Projects Accomplished Healthcare Project This summer, NEVDC’s Lauren Rivers Clark initiated the NEVDC Healthcare project, which was a joint effort to provide critically needed medical machines to the Alexandra Hospital. A committee was formed to research and raise funds. Working with our community of sponsors and partners we were able to donate a Welch Allyn Cardiac Monitor and a Welch Allyn Vital Signs Monitor to the Alexandra Hospital. The machines will be used to provide continuous cardiac monitoring, depicting unusual movements in cardiac activity, as well as measuring blood pressure and body temperature, among other things. NEVDC believes that preserving life is of vital importance to our community, and on July 31st 2010 the organization formally presented the machines identified above to Minister of Health, the Honorable Hensley Daniel. Present at the ceremony to receive the monitors was Medical Chief of Staff Dr. John Essepian of the Alexandra Hospital who stated that the machines were multipurpose and will help to free up many nurses for other duties. We wish to say a special thanks to our partners and sponsors who made this project possible.
Haiti Relief On Sunday March 7, 2010, NEVDC partnered with Caribbean Carnival Committee, Jamaica National Association of DC, Caribbean Cargo, John Blake Caribbean Experience WHUR Radio, Image Band, and several other organizations in the Greater Washington DC area to host the ONE CARIBBEAN HAITI RELIEF CONCERT. The funds raised went to YELE Haiti, National Organization for the Advancement of Haiti (NOAH), Caribbean Disaster Emergency Relief Agency (CDERA), and Foundation Rose et Blanc (Sweet Mickey’s Foundation).
NEVDC for The Cure NEVDC believes in community spirit, and In May 2010 members of NEVDC participated in the Suzan G. Komen Race for the Cure to end Breast Cancer. This fundraising walk on the on Mall of Washington DC. raised public awareness and donated over $60 million to breast cancer research worldwide.
Lornette Esdaile Manners Honoree Lornette Esdaile Manners received her formative education at Gingerland Infants, Gingerland Junior, and later at Charlestown Secondary School. Driven by a sense of self-determination and purpose, she undertook the responsibility to enrol in a college and strive to make a positive difference in her life, and by extension, her family’s life. Sshe studied and graduated from Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1975. In January 1977, she returned to Nevis to start her teaching career. She taught English A and English B to prepare students for the transition from GCE Ordinary Subjects to CXC’s Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) Subjects. She taught other subjects, as well, but her focus was English. She experimented with a group of Fourth Form Students in the 1981 – 1982 school year and advanced them to write English A. All passed four with distinction and two with merit. From 1979 when CSEC examinations were written for the first time in the St. Kitts and Nevis Territory, she served as Assistant Examiner for English A (two years) and later as Assistant Examiner for English B – Literature. She also served as item writer for CXC’s Item Bank for the Paper One of the English Examination. These two roles ceased after her teaching status changed. Months after she started teaching at Gingerland High School, she served as Deputy Principal of the Institution. Mrs. Manners travelled to Scotland to pursue a Diploma in Education and a Master of Science in Education Management and Administration at Moray House School of Education. She graduated after one year of intense training, which prepared her to take over the management of Gingerland High School. In order to assist students being transferred from primary schools, an Orientation Programme was introduced for students from feeder schools. Its popularity caused it to be implemented in the other high school the following year. In September, 1993, Mrs. Manners was transferred to the Education Department as an Education officer, with responsibility for Primary Schools Administration. During her tenure, a number of trained Teachers were retrained to implement the Guidance Counselling Programme introduced at Primary level. It was believed by Mrs. Manners that if certain behaviours could be curtailed at a lower level, there would be fewer problems at the high school level. As a result of this introduction, counsellors were equipped to assist when the need arose for grief counselling. That programme is still very strong. She also often acted in the capacity whenever the Principal Education Officer was out of office. Under an excellent partnership with Mrs. Hyleta Liburd, Principal Education Officer, the Education Department was successfully expanded. More educators were recruited for the different levels and sectors of education; teachers were sent wherever CXC was conducting training for Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination CAPE which recorded high passing grades. Teachers who were not qualified with English and Mathematics were encouraged to join the “Second Chance” Programme, so that they could gain the qualification; and trained teachers were required to do upgrades. The Sports sector was also expanded and each primary school enjoyed its own sports officer. As such, the Annual Inter-Primary Sports Competition is keenly contested, and dubbed “Mini Olympics”. Mrs. Manners demitted office in November 2004, and she has not had a dull moment in her life since. She pursued two courses of training with the Dyslexia Institute in England to teach literacy, and to conduct psychometric testing. The experiences from training and interacting with dyslexics, and encouragement and assistance from Mrs Hyacinth Manners, a trained colleague, the Dyslexia Association of Nevis was launched officially in January 2007, having been in operation for approximately two years before. Mrs. Manners and The Association have been working tirelessly to educate and to disseminate information to the public about dyslexia. Years of teaching less gifted students at Gingerland High, her soft spot for the less-privileged among the school population propelled Mrs. Manners toward her interest in dyslexia. She recalls having taken a variety of forms to class for students to fill. As she encouraged them to work with her, she impressed upon them that if they could fill forms well, there would be no need to engage lawyers’ services or pay their fees. One young man visited her approximately five years later with his original application form from class, and an almost completed form. All he needed was for her to verify his photograph and his information before affixing her signature. He related that he had listened and that the only thing he had to pay for was the stamps to obtain his passport. That was an overwhelming and very rewarding moment for Mrs. Manners. Brilliant students remind Mrs. Manners of the story of the lepers – the majority never returned to say thanks. It is the less gifted ones with whom we hardly want to spend the extra time, who appreciate the little they get and return with thankful hearts to share their blessing.
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Dr. Telbert Glasgow Honoree Dr. Telbert Roger Glasgow is the first of seven children for Blondina Glasgow-Williams of Brick Kiln. As a young boy, his mother called him Telbert Llewellyn, Llewellyn being his father’s surname. As a result he was affectionately called Lewellyn or Lew for short. Telbert’s formal education began at the St. James All-Age School at Whitehall and from a very early age he displayed his academic genius by being top of his class at every standard. His teenage years were spent at the Charlestown Secondary School where his academic prowess continued. His secondary school career culminated here with an impressive performance at the General Certificate of Education (GCE) Ordinary (O) level examinations. Telbert’s penchant for academic advancement led him to enroll for two years at the Sixth Form of the Basseterre Senior High School (BSHS) in St. Kitts; where he performed well at the GCE Advanced (A) level examinations. Upon graduation fro the BSHS (now Basseterre High School) in 1980, Telbert taught for one year at the Gingerland Secondary School. He then proceeded on study leave to read for a double major Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Physics at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Cave Hill Campus, in Barbados. His studies at UWI were funded by a scholarship secured from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). Upon successful completion of his degree in 1984, he returned to Nevis and taught Mathematics at the Charlestown Secondary School and Sixth Form College. In 1998, Mr. Glasgow applied for study leave again, but this time he traveled to England to pursue a Master’s degree in Elec‐ tronic Engineering. He was again successful in obtaining another scholarship to fund his studies. This time around it was a Commonwealth Scholarship. The Scholarship Committee was so impressed with his qualifications in Mathematics and Physics that it offered to continue his scholarship so that he can complete a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph. D.) degree. Dr. Glasgow graduated from the University of Southampton in 1991, a proud but humble son of the Brick Kiln soil. Dr. Glasgow returned to the Nevis Sixth form College where he continued to teach Mathematics. He was promoted and transferred to the Ministry of Communications & Works as Permanent Secretary in 1998. He has also served as Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Economic Planning & Development. During the latter part of the 1990’s, Dr. Glasgow served as a Professor in Research Techniques at Berne University, an offshore graduate school that once operated in Nevis. He has also done environmental impact assessment (EIA) work for the mobile communications firm of Digicel. Currently, Dr. Glasgow is Co-ordinator of the UWI Open Campus in Nevis. He is Chief Examiner in Physics for the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) programme. In addition, he serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Development Bank of St. Kitts & Nevis, and The Bank of Nevis Limited. Dr. Telbert Glasgow is both academically-and technically-oriented. He can be described as a “jack of all trades and master of many”. He is a teacher, mathematician, physicist, examiner, electronics engineer, consultant, electrician and plumber, and this list is not exhausted. His obsession with academia and his philosophy of life-long learning have led him to be presently pursuing a course of study in Actuary Science. Our Doctor of Philosophy not only focused on education and career but during his youthful years was Surplice Boy and a member of the Boys Brigade at the St. James’ Anglican Church. He loves life and was very handy around the home and as‐ sisted his grandmother on the farm at Madden’s Estate close to the Russell’s Rest Prison. He played cricket in the streets with the boys and spent many summers at the rocky beach at Lowdon. As the eldest child of his mother and the oldest son, he often acted as father to his younger siblings, and was often called upon to help with discipline. He is now a husband and a father of two, and loves his family and friends dearly.
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Sports Day at St. John’s Primary School on the Flats The Sports Day fever began very quietly with trips to the Flats to prepare the grounds and practice. We would leave the then ‘Brown Pasture School’ paired in twos by grade class and we would walk along the main road to the Flats. Once we arrived there, the first order of business was to clear the track. We would remove stones, pieces of sticks and even cow dung. Then as the weeks went by, we would make daily trips to practice and select the events in which we will compete. About two days before Sports Days, armed with our parent’s cutlasses, we would make the early morning trip to Hermitage to gather green coconut branches and poles to make tents. This task was reserved mainly for students in the upper grades who were considered ‘big’ in terms of body size relative to the rest of the student population. We would sneak in a little time to pick grapes, cherries, what we use to call ‘treweese’, guava and other fruits. Under the watchful eyes of teacher Mr. Malcolm (aka Molly), we would drag the green coconut branches along with the poles back to the flats with a rope or piece of green tree bark (Where were the pick-up trucks in those days when we needed them?). As if he was a carpenter or a builder, Mr. Malcolm would mark out the corners of the tent frames and we would begin digging the holes to plant the poles. By noon, the tents were up with the coconut branches expertly placed around the sides and on top of the tents. These tents would provide much needed shade for the teachers and volunteers who would sell the school’s refreshments. Then came the big day noted by students dressed in white outfits trimmed with three distinct color stripes, Red, Gold and Green. These were the colors that represent the three ‘Houses’ of Brown Pasture School. As the adults from the surrounding villages populate the Flats, the student from kindergarten through grade six competed in races such as 50, 100 and 150 meters and what was called long distance, and cheered on by family members and fellow villagers. The highlight of Sports Day were the unique but fun races such as lime and spoon, needle and thread, sack race, three-legged race and crab race. The relays and donkey race were always fun and competitive as well.
Mrs. Myrtle Odessa Guishard Honoree
Mrs. Myrtle Odessa Guishard considered it fortunate to have grown up on the island of Nevis. Born in Barbados in April 1930, she is the first of two girls, having had 5 brothers. Her mother returned to Nevis when she was about 5 years old. She began her career as a teacher at the tender age of 13 and dedicated some 44 years to that profession. She taught at both the primary and secondary school level. She was beloved by students particularly those who took Home Economics at the Secondary School level. She retired as Principal of the St. John’s Pri‐ mary School in 1985. Her involvement in Home Economics as a trained dietitian, having completed a course at Seaford College, England, informed her consent when asked to be the dietitian at the Alexander Hospital in 1985, a position she held for 11 years. Coming from a line of entrepreneurs, she further fulfilled a desire to reach persons with the health message and opened her health shop in 1996. She finally closed the business in 2007 after 11 years of operation, just after her son, Malcolm Guishard (the eldest of four children), passed.
The day would culminate with Tug of War where each House gathered its biggest and strongest students to participate. There were other activities for adults such as darts and fishing, which were mainly to raise funds for the school to offset the cost of Sports Day. Refreshments sold from those trademark coconut branch tents included hotdogs, goat water, johnnycake and saltfish, sugar cakes, peppermint, roasted peanuts and yes, juicy. The last order of business was handing out prizes to the tune of Big Drum music, to those students who placed first, second or third in each race. The prizes were not gold silver or bronze medals but needed school supplies such as books pencils, sharpeners, geometry set, rulers etc. and in some cases ribbons. When it was all over and the sun gone, parents walked home with their student athletes; some decorated with prize ribbons while the parents carry the other prizes. Some students left empty handed, a sign that they did not placed first second or third in any of the races but they sure had a lot of fun. When all is said and done, one of the ‘Houses’, Red, Gold or Green would reign champion and maintain bragging rights until the next Sports day.
Mrs. Myrtle Guishard was also an active member of the Adventist Church and the community. She was a Sabbath School Superintendent and the Organist for the church and taught cooking classes in the community, including cake making and decorating. Many persons in the community attest to her skills as the premier maker of wedding cakes from 1960 to as recent as 2005.
Although her level of activity has reduced somewhat, she continues to regularly attend church and give words of encouragement.
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Valerie Patricia Liburd Honoree
Miss Valerie Patricia Liburd, affectionately known as Teacher Valerie, has been a remarkable icon of the teaching profession. She spent a solid 39 years in education in Nevis. In 1960, Miss Liburd joined the Gingerland Primary School and spent 10 years molding young kids. Here, Miss Liburd was valued by her counterparts as a principled and esteemed teacher. During 1971, Miss Liburd entered Teachers Training College and undertook the academic challenge of becoming a trained teacher. In 1972, Miss Liburd was placed as a science teacher at the Gingerland high school. Ms. Liburd has been described as a real pillar of the Gingerland Secondary School, in light of the fact that 27 or her 39 years teaching was spent at that institution. During her many years of service to education in Nevis, Ms. Liburd proved not only to be an extraordinary teacher but also a person of tremendous resource. In 1974, while at the Gingerland High School, Miss Liburd accepted an opportunity to study Integrated Science at The Science Monroe College in Castries, St. Lucia. The course was offered to have teachers trained to introduce science in the high schools. Upon completion, she returned to the Gingerland High School and remained the science teacher until her retirement. In 1992, Miss. Liburd, among her many accomplishments and awards, also received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education.
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Miss Liburd, affectionately known as Teacher Valerie, recently retired July 9, 1999, after 39 years of dedicated service to education in Nevis. Ms. Liburd claims that she had really enjoyed her years of teaching. She boldly stated that if she were to do it again she would choose no other profession. Ms. Liburd, in retiring, beseeched the present teachers in Nevis to be ethical, professional and fair in their teaching. Many think of Ms. Liburd as an overly strict disciplinarian, but she explained that this was all in the best interest of her students. She underscored the fact that she loved every child that she encountered and she always tried to help in whatever way she could.
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The Old Days
The Old Days continued
Come gel; go look for de animals and walk down by Michel Huggins,
See the athletes do the 100yds dash and run round de track,
Pick some hog meat and bring in de wood to catch de fire wen you coming.
With lightening speed not even de wind could keep them back.
Gel fan de fire; boil de two yam and de dry potatoes and mek de lil bush tea,
There’s the story of two little girls of Gingerland Infant School and de little red pencil,
Na forget to pick de Tania bush to wrap up de cankie.
Due to such kind deed that story of long ago is remembered still.
Go up a market and ketch de water, Wen uu cum back, member u got to go a pasture.
Children Back then were will mannered and og good behavior,
Go sun de pissy lagging and de ole renkin grass bed,
Not like today when they rude and really out of order.
Hand me de sulphur; let me wash dem sore out you head,
Remember Clarence Nisbett, the old shoe maker,
See if u find 25 cents, go up by James Brookes go bu teo bread.
When he had done fix your shoe, it look new like u just buy it from Bata,
Go wash u kin and come go a school,
He’d polish it and make de shoe glitter.
Listen to de teacher, learn u lesson and obey de rule.
You remember both, Cannon and Doll Doll over at Central,
Oh u remember Mrs. Badge wid dem big penny sugar cake,
U listen to de dupe box all night and dance off your shoes in the dance hall.
You can’t find dem nowhere else, is only de best she does make.
Back then every home had a pen wid sheep, pig and goat, And at one time, donkey cart was de means of transport,
Lets be reminded of some strict teachers of old, There were stern, serious and bold.
Wid dem big, heavy dung basket of provision to go catch de boat,
Teacher Inez, Ms Henry and Shiela Harris,
Once there was no electricity, no gas stove, it was oil lamp and fireplace outside,
They gave lashes across u bottom and back, they dind’t stand to no foolishness.
The coconut dumpling was cooked and night before and in the morning it was fried.
Teacher Frank, Miss Lanns, Teacher Shirley, Gwendolyn Taylor and Floristine Morton,
Every Sunday morning, it was corn meal and fish,
For their dedication, they are teachers, who’ll never be forgotten,
Eaten from the calabash, it was an enjoyable dish;
We can’t forget Mr. and Mrs. Pemela Kalski, Vance Amory, and Gwenneth Hendrickson.
That was the usual Sunday meal in Nevis. And a sure are u remember cassava meal mussah was also a dainty dish.
Teacher Valerie, Elli Elliott, Mrs. Molly Woodley, Mr. Kirton, and teacher Joyce,
Ironing hair and kang kang dress were de style
They were firm and unless you were called upon, you dare no utter your voice.
Sometimes no shoes, or de sole drop out because you walked too many miles.
Mrs. Rosalie Andre of Charlestown Secondary and Gingerland High Schools,
Sometimes persons used to take a drink then go to church,
Under her severe supervision, you had to be disciplined; one couldn’t play de fool.
The strong alcoholic scent from their mouths made u belly hurt.
There was a hike to Devil’s Copper, New River, through Bath Village and Hamiliton,
There were many more interesting stories to be told, But those were some things that happened in the old days.
It was very informative and conducted by the Geography teacher Lemuel Pemberton. At Ball Pasture there was the exiting sports meet,
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The housed blue, green and red did compete.
Mrs. Jennifer Herbert-Hodge Honoree Mrs. Jennifer Herbert-Hodge, teacher and educator, has been principal of both government high schools and Principal Education Officer over the thirty six years she worked in the Ministry of Education.
She received her primary and secondary education at the Charlestown Girls’ and Charlestown Secondary schools respectively. On leaving school she taught at the Charlestown Boys’ and Charlestown Girls’ for four years before entering the St Kitts –Nevis Teachers’ College in 1977. On her return to Nevis in 1979, she was assigned to the Charlestown Secondary School to teach mathematics; but as fate would have it, she was placed in the English Department never left that department. Between 1979 – 1999, she taught English and Literature to Forms 1 -5, and also served as Department Head and Deputy Principal. She also completed a Bachelor of Science in Education in 1992. Between 1980 – 1989, she single handedly managed the school’s netball teams fielding up to three netball teams for the local Netball Tournament. She was also the Green House Mistress for many, many years. In fact, she was involved in every aspect of the school’s life. In 1999, she was promoted and transferred to the Gingerland High School as Principal. Her influence there over the relatively short period nonetheless has been long lasting. In 2000 she travelled to St Lucia for a grueling ten day training workshop for Principals and Education Officers, sponsored by the Commonwealth Secretariat, and earned a distinction upon completion of the course. In 2000, she was reassigned to the Charlestown Secondary School as Principal. Her tenure there was very productive. Under her watch the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) was introduced at Sixth Form. In 2002, the school produced the top student in the CXC May/June CSEC examinations in the Caribbean and the Charlestown Secondary School earned the distinction of being the number one school in the region. In 2004, she was promoted to the position of Principal Education Officer and transferred to the Department of Education. This period was the most challenging of her career. At this level, she was part of the Federation’s team to travel to Barbados to work on the newest examination offered by CXC ,the Caribbean Certificate of Secondary Level Competencies (CCSLC), and worked closely with the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States Reform Unit (OERU) to ensure that Nevis was not left behind in the region’s education reform initiatives. She also introduced the Nevis Teacher Extra Mile Teacher Recognition Award where teachers from every level, pre-school to tertiary level, are eligible for recognition for outstanding performance during a school year. She also initiated annual training workshops for school principals and aspiring principals to improve their skills in running productive schools. Mrs. Hodge worked with the Caribbean Examinations Council as Assistant Examiner in English A from 1993 – 2001; as a member of the Schools Examinations Committee (SEC) from 2000 – 2008; and as a member of the Final Awards Committee (FAC) for the triennium 2003 – 2005 and in 2009. Mrs. Hodge also served on the National CXC Committee, the Federation’s Education Advisory Board as Vice Chair, a member of the Federal Child Welfare and Protection Board and the Social Security Scholarship Committee. Her infectious enthusiasm and firm belief in the ability of every child to excel at his own level changed the course of countless students’ lives. She believes in giving children second chances and pushing them beyond their comfort zone to be the best that they can be. She retired from active service in the Ministry of Education in April 2009, ending her long and distinguished career in education. She was recently widowed and has one daughter. Currently she serves as a Circuit Steward of the Methodist Churches in Nevis and the Choir Director of the Jerusalem Children’s Choir – Charlestown Methodist Church.
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Violet O. Nicholls Honoree Violet O. Nicholls nee Jeffers was born the third of fifteen children to Ernest and Gladys Jeffers in Mount Lily, Nevis. Her educational journey began in a Pre-School in her village. On entering the Combermere Elementary School, which was housed in Combermere Methodist Church, Violet was placed in standard One instead of Junior Standard as the class of five (5) year olds was called. This action proved to have been warranted, for Violet passed successfully through the various classes/standards and at age thirteen (13) was in possession of two (2) Standard Seven Certificates. When a vacancy existed at the school for a teacher, Mrs. Nicholls was strongly recommended and accepted the position. Violet’s elementary schooling ended and her teaching career began as Pupil Teacher in 1945, under the late Ms Irene Crosse.
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1950 saw the start of Mrs. Nicholls professional development when she entered the Leeward Islands Teachers Training College in Antigua. On attaining the Second Class Certificate (the top certificate then) in 1952, she returned to Combermere where she remained approximately ten (10) years as Trained Teacher, andDeputy Head and Home Economics Teacher until 1962, when she received her first Headship at St. James’ School, White Hall. Mrs. Nicholls feels that her most challenging years as a teacher were those (1962-1969) spent at White Hall; when she assumed duties there, the situation was pathetic. Two to three standard seven passes, regardless of the number of entries did not go down well with her. She, along with other staff members, utilized after school hours and school vacations to assist pupils writing the School Leaving Exam. The last year spent at White Hall saw the pass rate rising to eleven passes out of thirteen (13) entries. Her Supervisor, the late Mr. J.A. Ferguson was so pleased that his remark, “You will be rewarded for your hard work,” left her wondering. However, in 1969, the suspense was over when a Commonwealth Bursary was awarded her to study at Cambridge England, where she pursued the Advance Course in Primary Education, as well as the Diploma in Education. She was one of the three (3) Commonwealth students considered capable of pursuing the diploma Course and this she did quite successfully. On her return to Nevis, in January 1971, Mrs. Nicholls was transferred to head the newly built St. Thomas’ Primary School where she remained until July 1976. Her tenure at St. James’ and St. Thomas Primary School saw her involvement in after-school activities and community work.; For example, the formation of sewing clubs, netball clubs, Y.W.C.A. Club at St. James’ and PTA’s Parent. In September 1976, Mrs. Nicholls was awarded a scholarship to pursue a Bachelor of Education Degree course of studies at Mona, Jamaica. Upon completion of the course, she was appointed Education Officer, a position she held until her retirement in 1987. She was the first Nevisian to hold that title. Evaluations of her performance by the then chief Education Officer, Mr. Joseph Halliday, revealed that Mrs. Nicholls was an excellent administrator, achieving what most schools lack today. She exemplified class control and a range of pedagogical skills, which included learning strategies to motivate the slow, average, or bright students to perform to the best of their ability. As a disciplinarian, she had acquired the rare art of being extremely firm, but pleasant. Staff and pupils/students modeled the punctuality and regularity she exemplified. Parents loved, respected and co-operated with her. Under her watch, Government funded Pre-Schools were introduced in 1982. The Charlestown Boys’ and Charlestown Girls’ Schools were merged into a Co-Educational Institution; children at St. James’ and Combermere Schools were exposed to Secondary Education at age 12 and Parents Teachers Association initiated in all schools. Despite Mrs. Nicholls’ busy schedule, she still found time and continues to find time for the Lord serving in church in various capacities (as First Chairperson of the Organization and Education Committee, Leader, Steward, circuit Steward, and more.)
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Mrs. Nicholls has one son, Myron, who has taken the baton into the noble profession of teaching and teaches Mathematics at Ivanna Eudora Kean High School in St. Thomas, where he resides with his lovely wife, Cheryl. Adapted from independent profiles by Dr. Bronte Gonsalves and Mrs. Eileen Walwyn.
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Maude Crosse Honoree
Image Band Bio. The Image Band has harmonious rhythms and dynamic vocals; this electrifying group of musicians has shattered all traditional notions of success in the Caribbean entertainment industry. Their popularity is noted by the busy schedule they maintain yearly. The band fulfills regular engagements in numerous U.S. cities on the East Coast, Canada and the Caribbean. In St. Croix Virgin Islands, the group is host to the largest New Years Eve events held annually. Their live act is so mesmerizing; it has been repeated consecutively and grows larger each year. In the Washington, DC Carnival arena, the group’s home base, the Image Band has competed in several highly competitive contests and against some of the Caribbean's most revered bands. The Image Band was the first group to win the Best Musical Band Award presented by the D.C. Carnival Committee. They were also crowned as Brass-O-Rama champions by the TNT Day in the Park Association of Baltimore. The Washington Post has featured Image Band several times in their “Caribbean Fest Live at the Carter Baron Amphitheatre”. These accomplish‐ ments reflect the group's pursuit of musical excellence and encourage them to continue striving for more. This was more evident when the band was asked to perform for the Presidential Inaugural Ball of President Bill Clinton and again for President Barack Obama. Yo ready? Le meh see yo! Those are the words pumping through the sound system as the lights come up and Soca/Dancehall Powerhouse Image Band hits the stage again for another foot-stomping show. Every journey to the stage is an opportunity to make a musical statement. Pulsating percussive rhythms; throbbing guitar and bass riffs; steady keyboard patterns; and the oilysmooth precision execution of live horns, complement the group's presentations. Their versatility, however, enables them to play various musical genres, including R&B, Hip Hop, Reggae and Dancehall, but Soca is the heartbeat of this band. Booking Contact: Wayne Roebuck (manager) 202-332-6148
Miss Maude Crosse (TEACHER MAUDE) was born in Nevis on the 8th January, 1920. She attended the Charlestown Girls School and upon completion at the tender age of 15, she became a pupil teacher. She taught for one year before being selected to attend the Teacher’s College in Antigua for 3 years. Upon returning to Nevis, Miss Crosse taught at the Combermere All-Age School for about 4 years. She taught in most of the primary schools about the island. Teacher Maude, as she affectionately called, loved her students and treated them like her children. In 1963 she received a grant to conduct a study of the primary education system in Durham University at New Castle-On-Tyne in the United Kingdom. This course lasted 3 years. At the end of which she wrote her thesis on the selected topic, “Education for Leisure”, a topic that was inspired by experience of that period. For those three years she toured Europe extensively. She spent her summers vacationing in Holland, Spain, France & Italy. That was unheard of for West Indian women at that time. She returned home truly an international woman and set about to share all that she had learned abroad with her students and women groups about the island. Upon her return, Miss Crosse returned to the Charlestown Girls School for a second time and there she remained until her retirement until her retirement from government service in 1970. However, retirement was not for Teacher Maude. She perused her interests in the community work. She was very much involved with the conceptions of other community organizations. Over those 4 years she was instrumental in starting the Nevis Handicraft Society in 1969, and later The Pottery in New Castle. She was also one of the founding members of the Nevis Red Cross Organization. In 1974, at the age of 54, Miss Crosse was encouraged to tutor 10 pupils at her home in Charlestown. That was the unofficial beginning of the Charlestown Preparatory school. The school was officially recognized and certified as an approved educational institution in 1976. Miss Crosse served as Head Mistress of the school until her final retirement in 1984. In May 2007, the Charlestown Preparatory School was renamed the Maude Crosse Preparatory School. This was a fitting honor for her many years of dedication to the advancement of education in Nevis. Currently, we are glad to report that Miss Cross is doing very well for her 90 years. She resides in Charlestown at her residence and is cared for by her daughter, Shelly Crosse, and her other unofficial daughters in the community.
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Rosalind Iola Brown, ED.D. Honoree Dr. Brown hails from Bath Village. Her parents were Adina and Alfred Brown. Her mother, Teacher Dina, owned and administered a small, yet prestigious private school at Bath that produced a number of outstanding Nevisian leaders in their respective fields. Among them are the Byrons, Walwyns, Swanstons and Henvilles, many of whom have become famous doctors, lawyers, teachers, and other professionals. It was at her mother’s, (Teacher Dina), feet that Iola was immersed in education, a career which she has passionately pursued for over 50 years. In 1950, when the Charlestown Secondary School was established, Iola was among its first students and one of the first five scholarship winners. Along with Mary Neale, Dr. Laughton Richardson, Dr. Lloyd Walwyn, Joycelyn Williams, Iola began the long climb up the education ladder. Under the first CSS Principal, Mr. G. Orville Fox, and teachers--W.E.I. Blackett, M.S. Kirton, Eugene Liburd, Desmond Ottley, Eulalie Byron and Dora Stevens, Iola excelled in all subjects. Following her successful completion of 8 Passes and Distinctions at the Ordinary Level, Iola was granted another scholarship to attend the St.Kitts-Nevis Grammar School where she successfully completed several passes at the Advanced Level of the Cambridge University exams. In September of that year, Iola returned to CSS as a teacher and was assigned the responsibility for preparing students, in Forms 1 to 4, for the Cambridge University High School Certificate Exams. After four years at CSS, Iola received an invitation to teach at Caribbean Union College (CUC) in Trinidad and Tobago. At CUC, Iola spent her morning class sessions teaching many of the same subjects that were offered at CSS. In the afternoons, she attended college classes, and in two years completed the requirements for the Associate of Arts Degree, with majors in Pre-Professional and Secondary Education. When higher education beckoned, Iola answered the call earning a BA degree in English from Columbia Union College in Takoma Park, MD and a MA degree in Education and Counseling from Howard University. Later, she went on to earn a doctoral degree in Higher and Adult Education from Columbia University, NY. As Principal, Dr. Brown has compiled an impressive record of entrepreneurial achievements in the field of education. She served as the very first Principal of the Flatbush SDA School in Brooklyn, NY. Subsequently, she successfully established and administered three elementary schools and two high schools in NY and more recently, an elementary school in New Jersey. Having given more than fifty years of service to various educational institutions, Dr. Brown graciously made her exit and retired to sunny Florida. However, unable to resist her calling and passion for education, she recently accepted an invitation to serve as Director of the After School Program, FLEC, Longwood, FL with over 100 students. Dr. Brown’s success may be measured by the number of successful students she has mentored over her very long and distinguished career. Among her former students are the current Premier, the Hon. Joseph Parry, and the former Premier, the Hon. Vance Amory, as well as her own nephew, Dr. Everson Hull. Dr. Brown truly enjoys life. Today, she enjoys traveling and spending treasured moments with her daughter, Ingrid Brown-Dawkins, and her two grand children.
Master of Ceremonies Welcome Invocation National Anthems Poetic Expression President’s Address Calypso Medley
Levi Maynard Juliet Maynard-Webster Levi Maynard Image Band & De Inspirer Christine E. Clarke Jasmine (Daniel) Woods De Inspirer
Keynote Address Introduction by
Honorable Vance Amory Everton Elliott
Award Presentations Honoree Honoree Honoree Honoree
Levi Maynard Mrs. Lornette Esdaile Manners Mrs. Myrtle Odessa Guishard Dr. Telbert Glasgow Miss Valerie Patricia Liburd
Christine E. Clarke
Award Presentations Honoree Honoree Honoree Honoree
Levi Maynard Mrs. Jennifer Herbert-Hodge Mrs. Violet O. Nicholls Miss Maude Crosse Dr. Rosalind Iola Brown
Calypso Medley Raffle Vote of Thanks
De Inspirer Rico Clarke Lauren Clark
Dancing…Music by the Image Band Free Sunday Brunch - September 19, 2010 (10am to 2pm) Everton Elliott’s Residence, 5302 Roberts Prospect Dr, Bowie, MD. 20720.
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