These awardees were announced at last year’s 28th Anniversary of Independence celebrations. They included four persons who are to receive St. Kitts & Nevis National Honours and three who are to be given Queens Honours. They will be all decorated and presented at the ceremony.
An official government release has identified them as Mrs. Mavis Harney-Brown, Star of Merit for Nursing; Mr. Eustace Warner, Medal of Honour for Community Service; Mr. George Gilfillan, Medal of Honour for Community Service and Religion and Mr. Winston “Zack” Nisbett, Medal of Honour for Culture.
The release also provided a short profile of Mrs. Mavis Harney-Brown citing her as having been a trailblazer for Nursing in the Caribbean. She worked throughout the region and founded the Caribbean Nurses Organisation (CNO) in 1957, which is currently among the largest Non-Governmental Organizations in the Region, made up of 29 member countries.
Mr. Warner is credited with being involved in Community Service for over 50 years having been instrumental in National Carnival and actively charting the way in the formative years in addition to adding his cultural flair to the dance scene of St. Kitts and Nevis. He took his love of country with him when he migrated to Canada and was among nationals who founded the St. Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla Association of Montreal before returning to take up the mantle of Community Service locally.
Similarly it was Community Service that earned Mr. George Gilfillan his honours, along with his dedication to Christ and his Church. Pastor Gilfillan was recognized as having had four Churches of the Pentecostal Church of God constructed while under his leadership as Pastor and is known for his generosity and willingness to lend a hand even to persons outside of his congregation.
Zack Nisbett’s exposure to the cultural arts began when his Godfather presented him his first clown suit in his youth, from there he become of the owner of such a troupe and greatly contributed to the rejuvenation of folklore displayed at many community festivals and National Carnival celebrations.
It has also been confirmed that Wednesday’s Investiture Ceremony will also feature the bestowing of previously unannounced Orders of the British Empire on three nationals.
Among them will be Leroy Maynard who was previously honoured and will now accept his award at the ceremony.