Become Leaders not Followers- Said Minister Harris to St. Kitts & Nevis UWI Students

That was the special message from Minister Dr. Timothy Harris, who called on young people at UWI to “depend on their…ingenuity for survival and to lead rather than be lead.”

Senior Minister made the challenge while delivering the feature address at this year’s St Kitts-Nevis Students’ Association (SKNSA) Farewell Dinner and Awards Ceremony, at the Barbados Cave Hill Campus, of the University of the West Indies, on Saturday April 2, held under the theme -“Acknowledging the Present as the Gateway to the Future.”

Minister Harris further advocated the need to strengthen democratic pillars and work for a more inclusive society, as he encouraged students to seek a constructive future.

Newly elected President of the Association, Azard Gumbs revealed that 15 students are in the final year. Many of whom contributed significantly to the Association and served previously on its Executive. Certificates were distributed to the final year students and past members of the executive.

Special awards were given to Mr. Elmo Burke and Mr. Devon Jones both for their contributions over the previous academic year.

Ms. Asha DeSuza, Master of Ceremonies for the evening, was recognized for her success at the Guild of Students 2011 elections. She now serves in the capacity of Social Sciences Representative 2011-2012.

Mr. Gumbs added that much “work, effort and time” went into making the evening the great success that it was. He stated: “I must commend the members of my Executive for the hard work they put in, and thank the members and friends of the Association who came out in their numbers to show their support.”  He specially commended Fitzroy Edinborough, immediate Past President of the Association and members of his executive for a term well served.

“As we continue to further our education here at Cave Hill and equip ourselves with the skills needed to meet the global challenges, it is my desire that our Association will continue to grow from strength to strength.” said Gumbs.

The dinner is an SKNSA tradition held annually as a means of thanking graduating members for their contributions to the Association.


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