PM Harris congratulates New Year’s Queen Awardees for sterling contribution to nation building

Basseterre, St. Kitts, January 01, 2016 (SKNIS) — In his New Year’s Day message, Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris announced and congratulated the four New Year awardees who were bestowed with the prestigious honours consented to by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth 11.

The four Queen’s honorees are Bishop Kelvin C. Jones, Ms. Clarita V. Richards, Mrs. Ruperta P. Richards-Leader and Mr. Keith I Scarborough.

Bishop Jones was presented with the Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to the community in the field of religion; Ms. Richards was conferred with Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to education, music and public administration.; Mrs. Richards-Leader was awarded Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE); and Mr. Scarborough was bestowed with the award of Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE).

Bishop Dr. Kelvin Jones has over 50 years in Ministry, helping to establish the first Baptist Church in St. Kitts. He is the Pastor of the Mount Carmel Baptist Church in Lodge Village.

“The members and friends of the Mount Carmel Baptist Church are smiling at this well-deserved honour bestowed on Bishop Jones,” Dr. Harris said.

Mrs. Ruperta Richards-Leader was trained as a nurse in the United Kingdom (UK). She served on a number of Nursing Education Boards in the UK and is the owner of the Grange Nursing Home and Health Care Facility in Ottley’s Village.
Ms. Clarita Richards has served as a long-standing public servant. She has worked in Foreign affairs in the diplomatic service at the High Commission in London; she has been the organist and choir director at the Zion Moravian Church for many years; she also taught Modern Languages. She retired as a Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister in the People’s Action Movement (PAM) Administration.

Mr. Keith Scarborough is a cultural icon in Nevis. Known in the Calypso arena as King “Dis N Dat”, Mr. Scarborough won the coveted Culturama Calypso title for ten years. He has represented Nevis in several regional and international calypso forums. He has also ran for representational politics for the St. Thomas constituency in Nevis on the Concerned Citizen’s Movement (CCM) ticket and also served as Cricket Chief in Nevis.

“On behalf of the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis, I also salute them for their sterling national service which has resulted in the royal recognition now being bestowed on them. We trust that the example and legacy of all awardees will serve as a model for our younger generations to emulate,” Prime Minister Harris said in congratulating the awardees.

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