Young Nevisian entrepreneur honoured for outstanding work
Daughter Infatari Hanley (middle) reads a profile of her dad Mr. Marcel Forbes (right). Minister of Youth Hon. Hensley Daniel (left) listens attentively
NEVIS (January 31, 2011) — Nevisian entrepreneur Mr. Marcel Forbes of Marcel’s Structural Metal Works formally of Low Street in Charlestown, was visibly beaming with pride when he received an award from the Youth Division in the Ministry of Social Development on Friday for his faithful and outstanding work in the field of welding.
The award was presented to Mr. Forbes by Minister of Youth and Social Development in the Nevis Island Administration (NIA) Hon. Hensley Daniel at his Nugent’s Heights business premises, as part of a youth initiative to salute and award all the youths of Nevis.
The award according to Youth Coordinator in the Youth Division Mrs. Diana Pemberton was the first of many which will be presented in similar pattern to deserving youths who have performed in selected fields to mark the August 2010-2011United Nation’s International Year of Youth.
“We are going to pick a youth each month of this year, to commemorate the International Year of Youth which will go on to August 2011 but from the Ministry’s standpoint we will be saluting one youth per month this year in various areas such as performing arts, education, construction also volunteerism and sports. So Mr. Forbes you are the first of many and we salute you,” she said.
In response an elated Mr. Forbes said he was thankful that his work was acknowledged and thanked Minister Daniel and his ministry for the award.
In brief remarks Mr. Daniel said the Ministry recognised the importance of young people in the development of the society and as such had come to celebrate with Mr. Forbes.
The Minister used the opportunity to encourage the youth of Nevis to follow in the path of the first awardee and with hard work, diligence and commitment to duty they too would be celebrated by the Ministry. He also noted that the Ministry was minded that two thirds of the population were youths and it was imperative that their achievements were celebrated.