Wednesday, September 24, 2003 - After an extended lapse the National
Youth Awards sprang back into action over the weekend, when the Ministry of
Education, Human Resource, Youth and Sports and the Saint Lucia National Youth
Council presented the 2003 National Youth Award ceremony at the National
Cultural Centre, Friday.
Scores of young people representing various clubs and Organisations Island wide
converged at the Cultural Centre to be honoured for the outstanding
contributions to youth development.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Henry Mangal says, that
while many of those who would honoured may not be known beyond their club or
community, however their contributions bears national significance.
Henry Mangal, Permanent Secretary in the
Ministry of Youth and Sports
“ By promoting and practicing positive values, these young persons contribute to
the social stability and hence to the economic prosperity of our beloved
country. To sustain this though, more young persons must emulate the nominees
and awardees and that is why the National Youth Awards must be held so as to
properly reward positive behaviour pattern.” Mangal said.
While lamenting the many factors contributing to the underdevelopment of the
youth, such as drugs and alcohol and delinquency, manifesting in serious
criminal activity, Minister for Education, Human Resource Development, Youth and
Sports, Honourable Mario Michel lauded the magnificent strides of many other
young persons who were able to rise above the many uncertain global tides and
the internal factors that impedes youth progress.
A number of young persons were nominated and awarded in various disciplines,
such as Youth and Business, Youth in Youth Work, Youth in Community Development,
Youth in Arts and Culture, Youth in Religion.
The most outstanding District Youth and Sports Council award went to the
Patience/Mon Repos Youth Organisations .
The award for the most outstanding youth for the year, went to Twain Kim Edward,
Public Relations Officer for the Country Strikers Youth and Sports Club and
member of the Banse La Grace Development Committee.