International Scouts Association recognizes two locals

Governor General His Excellency Sir Cuthbert Sebastian with awardees Geoffrey Hanley (right) and Kevin Morton. Photo courtesy Youth Department.

St. Kitts, September 24, 2010 (SKNIS): Two Kittitians have been recognized for their exceptional contributions to positive youth development by means of scouting.

The awards were presented by Governor General His Excellency Sir Cuthbert Sebastian to Director of Youth Geoffrey Hanley and Kevin Morton of the Electricity Department for “Outstanding Leadership Service” in the field of scouting. Mr. Hanley has dedicated 20 years of his life to this activity, while Mr. Morton has contributed 15 years. Both serve in the St. George’s Anglican Scout Group.

“Scouting is something that I am very passionate about and it is something I am pushing at all levels,” Mr. Hanley told SKNIS, after receiving the award from The Scout Association based in the United Kingdom. “We have recently started a group down at the Irishtown Primary School and there is one that we are working on at the Tucker Clarke Primary School and then we go on to the Beach Allen Primary School.”

The Director of Youth disclosed that there would be some tie-in with the local scouting associations and Government’s After School Programme being implemented in primary and secondary schools in St. Kitts.

“We are providing young people with other alternatives rather than just having them sitting on the sidelines of life,” Hanley concluded. “I am very honoured to have received the award and I look forward to continue to support and serve my young people.”

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