Five outstanding women awarded on National Heroes Day for stellar contribution to nation-building

(SKNIS)—Five of the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis’ heroines were awarded on National Heroes Day, September 16, 2016, for their stellar contribution to national building on the eve of the country’s 33rd Anniversary of Independence on September 19, which is being celebrated under the theme: “Promoting Prosperity through Sustainability and National Unity.”

Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris, made the announcement on observance day of the country’s national heroes, where the ground for the building of a historic national heroes park to be a home of all of the country’s national heroes was dedicated and consecrated.

The prime minister said that the Cabinet accepted the recommendations from the National Honours Awards Committee and that his Excellency the Governor General, graciously consented to confer the following:

Lady Hulda Lawrence was awarded the Star of Merit for services in Music; Ms. Clarice Cotton was bestowed with the Medal of Honour for services in Education and Special Education in particular; Mrs. Sylvia Isaac was conferred with the Medal of Honour for services in Health and Nursing in particular; Mrs. Vanta Walters was presented with the Medal of Honour for services in Education and Early Childhood Education in particular; and Mrs. Dahlia John was granted the Medal of Honour for services in Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and Hospitality in particular.

“A good head and a good heart represent that formidable combination that makes heroes of us all. As we shine a light on our heroes so we should shine a light on ourselves and ask if we are ready to step up to the mark of distinction. If not yesterday, then there is today and all of the tomorrows that we have been granted to make a difference to our fellow citizens, to make our Federation proud and to elevate each and every citizen’s life so that all can look up in admiration,” Dr. Harris said.

“On such a day we should stand outside of politics and think of national pride, national unity, national prosperity, sustainability and our nation’s resilience,” he added.