Mr. Walwyn, who currently serves as the Commissioner of Police for St. Kitts & Nevis, added that, “When thinking about the sons and daughters of the soil who have made an impact in their society and embraced their heritage and ethical values away from home, I think about, Mr. Alexander Hamilton, Ms. Elana Leonie Elizabeth Davis and Ms. Constance Baker Motley.”
“Our heritage is one that has moulded many a successful men and women, who have not only distinguished themselves in the Kittitian and Nevisian communities here in the federation, but who have left their mark in the sands of time in the Diaspora, in the halls of fame of many a great nation,” said Walwyn.
“Our Heritage (that is, our tradition, our custom), is built on the contribution of men, women and children who have a keen sense of respect for themselves and for the nation that has provided the opportunities for their wellbeing and advancement” said the Kittitian senior police officer.
He said that he was aware of the universal access to education, modern technology and other social safety nets existing in the federation that provide the critical foundation needed to survive in a competitive world, despite that this is the smallest country in the western hemisphere.
“What matters in this world, in this country, is not what others think of me or you, but what we think of ourselves. It is your own self-worth that will propel you to look beyond the colour of your skin, the size of your house, your meagre savings, the lineage of your parents, or your socio-economic background, if you are going to embrace those ideals that will set you apart from the rest,” said Mr. Walwyn.
Mr. Walwyn declared that even though the exportation of sugar no longer exists, the federation is no stranger to exporting Kittitians with brains.
“Unfortunately for us, some of our children are not using the full capacity of their brains,” said Mr. Walwyn.
“I recall vividly, Mr. Goldwin Caines, in 1973, told me at a Public Safety Juvenile Convocation in the U.S. Virgin Islands, that St. Kitts had two main exports, one was sugar cane and the other was Kittitians with brains,” said Mr. C G. Walwyn.
Walwyn told the young people of the federation, that they are obligated to set standards for responsible living, “It is said that self-respect is the cornerstone of all virtues; with it comes self-discipline, self-control, the ability to set individual life long goals and the ability to achieve those goals.”