Deputy PM Richards (third from left) with some of the awardees at the Youth Service Reception.

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts -– A 2018 Minister’s Award for sponsoring youth development programs like the annual Summer Residential Camp and the High Schools Chef competition was presented on Dec. 12 to TDC Group of Companies Limited by the Department of Youth Empowerment.

The award was presented during the ministry’s Youth Service Reception at the Ocean Terrace Inn (OTI). During the event, the Director’s Award for 2018 was presented to Steven Gilbert, a youth partner for many years.

Other notable awards presented this year were to Kamirah Williams, Most Remarkable Parent; Jalexia Matthew, Most Outstanding Student Volunteer; and Creus Richardson, Most Outstanding Adult Volunteer.

Also recognized were the St. Kitts-Nevis Caribbean Disaster Management Youth Ambassadors, Most Outstanding Youth Organization; the Ministry of Education, Most Outstanding Partner Organization; and the Small Grants Programme St. Kitts and Nevis in partnership with the Sandy Point Art Association, Most Generous Sponsor.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Youth, the Honourable Shawn Richards, saluted the awardees. He made special mention of the Mackie Hazel Funeral Home, which sponsored this year’s 25 Most Remarkable Teens Award programme. This is the first year the programme has had a corporate sponsor. The minister also thanked eBikes St. Kitts.

Volunteers in attendance were also applauded by the deputy prime minister for their hard work in support of the department’s efforts and their commitment to serve others.

A highlight of the night saw 23 persons trained in First Aid and CPR presented with their certification. The training was held on Nov. 3 by the St. Kitts and Nevis Red Cross and was organized by the Department of Youth Empowerment.