SENIOR CITIZENS DESERVE RESPECT AND TO LIVE IN DIGNITY

 

Basseterre, St. Kitts, October 13, 2016 (SKNIS): A call for more persons in society to “respect and appreciate their elders” has seemingly resonated around St. Kitts and Nevis as the twin-island federation celebrates October as the Month of Older Persons.

 

Deputy Director in the Ministry of Social Development, Ann Wigley, appeared on Wednesday’s (October 13) edition of the government’s weekly radio and television programme. She pointed to the enormous contributions that have been made by the now retired community to develop the country, and said that much more needs to be done to help persons, particularly the young, have a greater sense of appreciation.  

 

“From yesterday to now, my phone has been ringing nonstop. I am overwhelmed,” Mrs. Wigley said, during a follow up conversation. She said persons have been calling, congratulating her for her candid points on the topic and some have pledged to assist. A group in St. Peter’s has invited Mrs. Wigley to come to speak to its members, while another has requested an engagement with its members, Mrs. Wigley and two seniors of her choosing. Additionally, Deputy Director Wigley was invited to appear on another radio programme to promote her message.

 

Even school children she has encountered have been quick with a polite smile and greeting. “The word is getting out and I am grateful,” she added. However, Mrs. Wigley added that the response should not be just for the month.

 

“There needs to be greater education in the homes, the schools, and the churches,” the government official said, noting that young people need to have that spirit of gratitude for elders.  “If we do it as parents, they will follow.”

 

In addition to the month long activities, including a movie night, church service, street march and gala, that were organized to commemorate the Month of Older Persons, Mrs. Wigley said the officers at Social Development will continue their outreach to individuals, groups, and agencies to promote raising the level of dignity that the senior citizens have earned.

 

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Jr. Minister responsible for Nevis senior citizens pleased with their turnout to march against ageism 


Photo caption: Hon. Hazel Brandy-Williams, Junior Minister of Social Development in the Nevis Island Administration at the Elquemedo T. Willett Park at the end of the Senior Citizen’s march against ageism on October 07, 2016


NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (October 07, 2016) — Junior Minister of Social Development in the Nevis Island Administration (NIA) Hon. Hazel Brandy-Williams, expressed satisfaction with the turnout at the Senior Citizens march through Charlestown on October 07, 2016, in spite of inclement weather which stalled the official start and shortened the route.

 

The event was the first on the calendar of activities by the Seniors Division in the Department of Social Services, Ministry of Social development, in observance of the Month of Older Persons on Nevis. This year’s activities are centred on the theme “Take a Stand against Ageism,” designated by the United Nations for International Day of the Older Persons on October 01.

 

Senior Citizens Marching Against Ageism

Photo caption: Senior Citizens on Nevis marching against ageism in Charlestown on October 07, 2016, the first activity for Month of Older Persons, hosted by the Seniors Division in the Department of Social Services, Ministry of Social Development

 

“We were blessed with some showers this morning and so we had to down scale it and start closer so that the walk could have been a little shorter. However, the seniors are very enthusiastic.

 

“At one point I decided to call off the march but they insisted that they will still march and so I am happy that they are brave enough to still brace the weather and have a mini march here in Charlestown,” she said.

 

She added that students who had joined the senior citizens march, were a part of the Intergenerational Programme between the schools and the senior citizens.

 


Photo caption: A contingent of senior citizens from St. Kitts marching against ageism in Charlestown with their Nevis counterparts on October 07, 2016, as part of the Month of Older Persons hosted by the Seniors Division in the Department of Social Services, Ministry of Social Development in the Nevis Island Administration

Also joining the march was a contingent of senior citizens from St. Kitts who had travelled to Nevis to celebrate with their counterparts.

 

Mrs. Brandy-Williams noted that in 2015, senior citizens on Nevis had travelled to St. Kitts to take part in their activities celebrating their seniors and vice versa and as such, the exchange continues.

 

Meantime, Mrs. Garcia Hendrickson, Coordinator of the Seniors Division in the Department of Social Services also expressed the division’s satisfaction with the march.

 



Photo caption: Mrs. Garcia Hendrickson, Coordinator of the Seniors Division in the Department of Social Services at the Elquemedo T. Willett Park at the end of the senior citizens march against ageism through Charlestown on October 07, 2016

 

“We are extremely pleased with the turn out. We have a contingent of over 40 persons from St. Kitts and as you can see, we have a very good turnout.

 

“We had a bit of rain and I was thinking we would have to transfer our activity to Jessups but the seniors told me ‘No, no, no, we come to march and we marching,’ and march they did. We had a few hiccups but so far I’m really feeling pleased. I thank God for holding off the showers,” she said.

 

The activity continued at the Elquemedo T. Willett Park with entertainment, lunch, music and dance.

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MINISTER PHIPPS COMMENDS THOSE WHO CARE FOR OLDER PERSONS

 


SKNIS Photo: Caretaker Richard Isaac (middle) looks affectionately at his mother, 102-year-old Louisa Isaac, as Parliamentary Representative for the area Honourable Eugene Hamilton recalls fond memories of her.  Mr. Isaac also cares for an older sibling and assists in looking after a couple living nearby



Basseterre, St. Kitts, October 04, 2016 (SKNIS): At the launch of the month that commemorates seniors, Senator and Minister of State responsible for Social Services and Community Development, Honourable Wendy Phipps, has commended the staff of the Department as well as institutions and individuals who care for older ones.

 

“As St. Kitts and Nevis celebrates the Month of Older Persons, we also pause to show our appreciation to the staff within the Departments of Social Services on both islands, for the selfless service they continue to render to our ageing population. We pay tribute, in particular to our 531 home care officers who continue to render at-home care to seniors,” Minister Phipps said.

 

Both public and private institutions that care for older persons were also acknowledged.

 

“We also salute the staff of the Cardin Home in St. Kitts and Flamboyant Home in Nevis, along with the staff of the various private sector senior care facilities,” Minister of State Phipps said, while also recognizing individuals who care for their ageing relatives at home.  “We realise that caring for the elderly demands special sacrifice. Such a vocation requires special graces from God, and can often be a thankless and stressful undertaking. Yet, such care is imperative, if we are to assist our ageing seniors in living full, dignified and comfortable lives. On this score, the Federal Government also extends sincere gratitude to the various civic, religious and private sector groups that sustain well-needed outreach to our Nation’s older citizens.”

 

Senator Phipps reminded of the contribution that older ones would have made to the development of the Federation in their younger days.

 

“Let us never forget that it is our older citizens who toiled and invested in this country to bring it to the present point of development, and the recognition of basic human rights and freedoms that we today take for granted,” she said.  “We owe our older persons a major debt of gratitude – and a biblical obligation to care for them “so that our days may be long.”

 

 

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NEVISIAN CENTENARIAN CELEBRATES BIRTHDAY WITH COMMUNION SERVICE IN ST. KITTS 

SKNIS Photo 1: Min. of State Hon. Wendy Phipps wishes Centenarian James Pemberton Happy Birthday


Basseterre, St. Kitts, September 07, 2016 (SKNIS): When James Pemberton who resides in Laguerite Village, Basseterre, attained the milestone of 100 years recently, the occasion was marked with a communion service and a visit from the minister and staff of the Department of Social Services and Community Development.


 

Rev. Damian Hughes of the Emanuel Methodist Church, Sandy Point, led songs of praise and read from Psalm 90 in the King James version of the Bible.


 

“The days of our years are threescore years and ten, and if by reason of strength, they be fourescore years yet it is their strength labour and sorrow for it is soon cut off and we fly away,” Rev. Hughes said.  “Who knoweth the power of thine anger, even according to thy fear, so is thy wrath.  So teach us to number out days so that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.”


SKNIS Photo 2: Deputy Director of Social Services, Ann Wigley and Centenarian James Pemberton share a laugh 


 

Mr. Pemberton humbly accepted the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper which was followed by greetings from the Senator and Minister of State responsible for Community Development and Social Services.


 

“On behalf of the government of St. Kitts and Nevis, I came here to just join them in wishing you a very happy birthday,” Minister of State Phipps said.  “You have now joined three other males in St. Kitts and Nevis who have reached 100.  We have a Mr. Tyson in Nevis who is 100, we also have Mr. Depusoir in Challengers who is 100 and we have Brother Bailey in Saddlers who is 100 and of course we have you Mr. Pemberton in Laguerite who is 100.”


 

Mr. Pemberton credited his longevity to his worship of the Creator.


 

“Only trust God, trust Him and go and praise Him.  Trust Him, pray to him and ask Him, he say, “Come unto me all that are heavy laden and I will give you rest.  So you only have to go to God and ask Him.  He know you days.  He know what days we got, and He know how to give us.”



SKNIS Photo 3: (From left) Mr. Pemberton’s Homecare Officer Avril Douglas, Min. of State Hon. Wendy Phipps and Senior Citizens Coordinator Garcia                            Hendrickson of Social Services in Nevis

 

Mr. Pemberton revealed that in his youth, his mother had informed him that when he was born, there was something that had caused the children born around the same time (August 31, 2016) to die.  As such, when he became sick his mother took him to the hospital to be told by the doctor that he would also would die.  She took him home and cared for him and he lived to see his 100th birthday.


 

Senior Citizens Coordinator Garcia Hendrickson along with the Deputy Director Kim Singh of Social Services in Nevis happened to be on hand to join in the celebration.


 

It was at this point that Mr. Pemberton revealed that he was born in Charlestown, Nevis.

 

“I have family in Nevis too, you know…. I’m a Nevisian.  I were born in Charlestown.  I from the third area.  I have people all over, over in Bath,  Brown Hill, Church Ground,” Mr. Pemberton said.

 

“On behalf of those people, I want to wish you a happy birthday and whatever is left of your life that you enjoy it and continue to give God thanks,” Mrs. Hendrickson said.  “I really admire what you remember including what your mother said and all of that.  I am much younger than you and I can’t remember a lot of what my mother said.”

 

At a later date, Mr. Pemberton will be presented with the Queen’s Award in commemoration of his 100th birthday by Governor General Sir S. W. Tapley Seaton.

 

 

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Eleven women on Nevis honoured for exceptional community service

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 Photo caption: Awardees at the International Women’s Day 2016 Women of Excellence Awards Ceremony and Cocktail on at the Nevis Performing Arts Centre in Pinney’s on March 12, 2016. They are accompanied by Junior Minister responsible for Social Development Hon. Hazel Brandy-Williams, Resident Judge Justice Lorraine Williams, Magistrate Yasmin Clark and Londa Brown, Coordinator of School Libraries in the Department of Education

NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (March 15, 2016) — Eleven women were honoured for their exceptional community service by the Ministry of Social Development,  Department of Social Services’ Gender Affairs Division, at the International Women’s Day 2016 Women of Excellence Awards Ceremony and Cocktail on March 12, 2016, at the Nevis Performing Arts Centre in Pinney’s.

 

Valencia Griffin and Carolie Wallace were honoured from the St. James’ Parish; Alice Swanston and Naomi Douglas from St. Thomas’ Parish; Myrtle Howell and Genevie Daniel from St. Paul’s Parish; Vanessa Williams and Lineth Williams from St. John’s Parish; and Mary Dore and Vanita Walters from St. George’s Parish. Judith Dasent, a videographer for more than 30 years, was presented with a Non-Traditional Occupation for Women (NOW) Award.

 

According to the division’s criteria for selection, the awardees have shown exemplary leadership in familiar, social and occupational settings; have been positive examples for young people on the island; have shown a general high level of integrity and character and have gone above and beyond the call of duty to help others in need.

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Photo caption: Junior Minister responsible for Social Development Hon. Hazel Brandy-Williams delivering remarks at the International Women’s Day 2016 Women of Excellence Awards Ceremony and Cocktail hosted by the Ministry of Social Development, Department of Social Services’ Gender Affairs Division on March 12, 2016, at the Nevis Performing Arts Centre in Pinney’s

 

Junior Minister responsible for Social Development Hon. Hazel Brandy-Williams in her remarks at the Awards Ceremony urged women on Nevis to spur each other to greater heights in all spheres of life.

 

She reminded the honourees and the women of Nevis that they are of immense value to their families and communities in a tangible way and  their vision, generosity, compassion, business acumen, political savvy, depth of faith, their family life and integrity have impacted all they serve.

 

“Nevis treasures you. Nevis treasures all women,” she said.

 

“As we celebrate these women tonight, I am calling on all women to celebrate each other, to care for the physical well-being of one another, to protect the mental and psychological health of each other.”

 

She said if women forget to think about themselves, embrace themselves and their accomplishments, they would soon be forgotten so it is imperative that they celebrate each other.

 

Other remarks came from Coordinator of the Gender Affairs Division Lorraine Archibald. The invocation was delivered by Muriel St. Jean, and Londa Brown, Coordinator of School Libraries in the Department of Education, chaired the event.

 

Among those present at the Awards Ceremony were Resident Judge Justice Lorraine Williams and Magistrate Yasmin Clark.

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