The official release of the successful candidate was made on Friday and it confirmed that Ms Gloria Bartley of Nevis was the candidate receiving the support of the judges.
Presenting the award, Local Coordinator for the Unsung Heroes Programme, Mr. Gerard Pereira recognized Ms Bartley for “her contribution to the children of Nevis through her years as an educator in the formal sphere, and beyond that time, even through her disabilities, as she makes time to educate the less fortunate and those specially challenged.”
He said that CIBC FirstCaribbean also recognized Ms Bartley for her work with the homeless and needy and for her selfless giving.
The Award was presented at an intimate ceremony at Ms Bartley’s home in Nevis.
Surrounded by friends and well wishers, she expressed appreciation for the award, saying that although she loved to give of herself, she had not realized that others had been paying attention to her good works. However, she was thankful for the award.
Minister of Communications and one of Ms Bartley’s former students and protégés, Robelto Hector, congratulated Ms Bartley on the Award and stated that she had proven to be a mentor, not only for him, but for countless other persons in the community. Minister Hector recalled that Ms Bartley had impacted his life on three fronts: education, family, and spirituality.
Country Manager, Ladesa James, presented Ms Bartley with a cheque for EC$16,200 and said that CIBC FirstCaribbean was proud to honour Unsung Heroes and to support the various causes to which they had selflessly devoted their lives.
The Awards Presentation fittingly ended with a tribute in song by students of the Charlestown Primary School, where Ms Bartley had taught for a number of years.
The award was introduced the in 2003 and it has become the flagship of volunteerism in the Caribbean, according to the sponsors.
Past Unsung Heroes for the Federation have been: Mr. Winston “Zack” Nisbett, Mr. Ken Evelyn, Mr. Earle Clarke, Mrs. Clarice Cotton, Mr. Nigel Browne, Mrs. Joycelyn Liburd, and Mr Eric Evelyn.