Nevis Premier Gives Keynote Address At NEVCAN

Nevis Premier Speaks In Toronto

Nevis Premier Speaks In Toronto

Charlestown, Nevis
October 28,2008

The Patio Banquet Hall in Toronto was full of applause and cheer as the Keynote Speaker, the Premier of Nevis, the Hon. Joseph Parry gave a well received speech at the Nevis Association of Canada (NEVCAN) 30TH Anniversary Dinner and Dance. This function was attended by citizens of St. Kitts and Nevis, OECS and Caricom nationals, on Saturday, October 25th.

Also present were the executive members of the various OECS organizations in Toronto.

The Premier was introduced by Honorary Consul General, Mr. John Allen who read a profile of the Hon. Joseph Parry and referred to him as the “Leader for the 21st Century.”

Upon welcoming the audience, the Premier extended apologizes for not being able to attend the 25th Independence Celebrations in Canada held under the patronage of the St. Kitts Canada Association, NEVCAN Cultural Association and the St. Kitts and Nevis Cultural Association of Montreal, back in September.  “Unfortunately, I had to be in Florida at that time and could not make it to Canada, but let me say, I do love the Nevisians residing in Canada and I would like you all to understand that I would never refuse the opportunity to come to Toronto, unless I absolutely had to,” Premier Parry told the appreciative audience.

Premier Parry informed the gathering that the 25th Independence Celebrations on Nevis were very successful.  He also informed them that he was very pleased with the spirit of patriotism and National pride exhibited by the people of Nevis during these celebrations. “I was extremely pleased to see the many young people who had a curiosity and interest in the people who laid the foundation for a modern Nevis.  It is said that people who do not know their history are doomed to repeat the mistakes of the past,” quoted Premier Parry.

The Premier however spoke of his disappointment in the small number of young persons who attended the function. He encouraged the members present to invite more young people, especially those of Nevisian parentage, to be a part of this most important organization.

During his speech, Premier Parry reminisced about the significant contributions made by Nevisians who have made Toronto their home.  He mentioned the Amory sisters who worked in the field of Nursing and Desmond Ottley in Education. The Premier also spoke about former NEVCAN members, Ken Evelyn, Al Thompson and the Tyrell family, who have continued to be active in the development of Nevis since their return from Canada.

In closing, the Premier extended sincere congratulations to NEVCAN for its contributions in the socio-economic development over the past 30 years. 

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