By:St. Clair Sazam Hull
(CHARLESTOWN NEVIS)-On the afternoon of Thursday, September 3, 2015, the Bank of Nevis Ltd held a ceremony at the Bank’s Headquarters in Charlestown. The ceremony was to demonstrate the Bank’s continuous support towards school children here on the island of Nevis, through the distribution of scholarships.
Chairperson of the event, Mr. Denrick Liburd gave the opening remarks. He told those in attendance, that it was an esteemed honor, to be a part of an institution that was the brainchild of the late Sir Simeon Daniel. Liburd noted that the institution came into being thirty years ago, and because they are celebrating a grand milestone, it was the decision to award four students with scholarships as opposed to two. He continued, “The bank is celebrating 30 glorious years so we have decided it was fitting to award an additional two scholarships”. Liburd told the students, that they should make full use of the opportunity that has been presented to them.
Acting General Manager of the Bank, Mrs. Lisa Herbert, also gave some remarks. She stated that the Bank of Nevis has always stood by its motto, ‘Improving the Quality of Life’. Mrs. Herbert noted that this is the fifth year in succession that the Bank has distributed these scholarships, noting that the scheme started in 2010. She also indicated that special mention must be made of Sir Simeon Daniel who not only had the vision, but who made the vision a reality. In conclusion, the Acting GM congratulated the students on getting the scholarships, and urged them to aspire to be good role models in society.
Attorney-at-law, Mr. Adrian Daniel, son of the late Sir Simeon Daniel also gave some brief remarks. He noted that he was humbled by the invitation received to represent his late father. He also indicated, that Dr. Daniel was a great advocate for education; hence he was a teacher before exploring other fields. Mr. Daniel also pointed out, that his father was fully committed to the development of people and never hesitated to put Nevisians first. In closing, he encouraged the students to keep working hard and to never give up when the going gets tough.
Ms. Janice Hodge, daughter of the Sir Simeon Daniel and who currently serves as Chairman at the Bank, gave some remarks. She told the gathering that she was elated to be a part of such an occasion, not just as Chairman but also the daughter of the Bank’s founder. She indicated that if her father was alive today, he would have told the students to take their education with utmost seriousness and to never lose hope. Ms. Hodge also pointed out, that the initiative is a way to make life easier for the students where education is concerned. In closing, Ms. Hodge wished the students all the best in their future endeavors.
The recipients of the scholarships are Samuel Ortiz, Nicoya Powell, Rahiim Sargeant and Shai’Ann Tyson. Ortiz will be attending the Charlestown Secondary School, while the other three will be students at the Gingerland Secondary School.