Honouring the Heroes: From right are Mr William Phillip, Mr Cleavon Huggins, Zone One, Team One Assistant Supervisor Ms Sophia Charles, and Zone One, Team One Supervisor Mr Earle Dexter O’Garro.

BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, September 15, 2021 (S.T.E.P.) — The National Heroes’ Park in Conaree will be the centre of attention on Thursday September 16 as the country celebrates its National Heroes, by hosting the Head of State, Head of Government, members of Cabinet, family members of the National Heroes, and the general public in the solemn but hugely significant ceremony.

The Skills Training Empowerment Programme (STEP), through its Community Enhancement Groups has ensured that the park is in its best shape as it hosts the National Heroes’ Day activities. According to the STEP Field Operations Manager, Mr William Phillip, the community enhancement groups, which were recently put into four zones, have done a tremendous job in a very short time.

“When our people come to the National Heroes’ Park they will see for themselves the work that has been done by our community enhancement groups in Zone One,” said Mr Phillip.

He explained that Zone One, which is led by STEP Zonal Field Officer Mr Cleavon Huggins, covers the areas from West Farm to Bird Rock, including St. Peter’s. While there were eleven community enhancement groups scattered in the area mentioned, with the zoning they have now been compressed into three larger teams.

Honouring the Heroes: From right are Mr William Phillip, Mr Cleavon Huggins, Zone One, Team One Assistant Supervisor Ms Sophia Charles, and Zone One, Team One Supervisor Mr Earle Dexter O’Garro.

According to Mr Huggins, Team One which did the work at Heroes’ Park is now going under the name New Keys Team. It was formerly comprised of community enhancement groups covering Conaree, Keys, Needsmust, Bird Rock, Newtown, and Heroes Park.

Team One is the largest of the three teams in Zone One, and its Supervisor Mr Earle Dexter O’Garro praised the efforts that have been put in by the combined groups noting that they now have more tools at their disposal, and a result they do more work in less time. Assistant Supervisor is Ms Sophia Charles.

The other team in Zone One, according to STEP Zonal Field Officer Mr Cleavon Huggins, is the West Basseterre Team which covers community enhancement groups formerly in Buckley’s, Village, and Dorset Park. The third one is the St. Peter’s Team that includes community enhancement groups formerly in Shadwell and St. Peter’s.

“Recently, the STEP has had reasons to zone all the community enhancement groups to maximise productivity,” said STEP Field Operations Manager, Mr William Phillip. “What used to happen in the past is that in every community/village there was a community enhancement group of STEP interns.”

It was however found out that persons on the community groups would be from the community itself and were not willing to move out of their community to work elsewhere. This disadvantaged the STEP, as when persons completed their task in the village, they would have nothing else to do and would just hang around for the rest of the day.

West Basseterre Team of STEP’s Zone One seen at work in LaGuerite Village. Supervisor Mr Shawn David is on the left and next to him is Mr William Phillip, while Mr Cleavon Huggins is on the right.
Leaving nothing to chance: STEP Community Enhancement Group workers in New Keys Team of Zone One seen working at the Heroes’ Park.
STEP Community Enhancement Group workers in New Keys Team of Zone One seen working at the Heroes’ Park as they prepared the grounds for National Heroes’ Day activities to be held on Thursday September 16.

St. Kitts was as a result divided into four zones, and having recently visited Zone Two which covers the areas Boyd’s, Challengers, Old Road, Sandy Point, going down to Newton Ground and into St. Paul’s, Mr Phillip was appreciative of the great improvement in productivity and quality of work by the combined community enhancement groups.

“As the same results we have got from Zone Two, more productivity because they are grouped together, we now have more availability of the equipment and such like so we can do much more, which results in greater efficiency,” said Mr Phillip. “Based on what we have seen at the Heroes’ Park, Zone One is performing well and as a result of that, we can say that STEP is serving the nation well.”

Mr Phillip, accompanied by Mr Huggins visited the West Basseterre Team, which is under the supervision of Mr Shawn David, as they worked and cleared bushes along the discarded former sugar train tracks in LaGuerite Village.