(PRESS RELEASE) — Seventeen youth and youth organizations captured 19 of the competition awards during an evening ceremony held on Saturday, April 27, 2019 at the Finance Administrative Centre.
In the Outstanding Arts Awards categories, Deshawn Augustin won the Performing Arts Award, Monique Auguste was uncontested for the Literary Arts Award and Naja Simeon captured the Visual Arts Award.
In the Outstanding Occupational Awards categories, Outstanding Youth in Innovation & Technology went to Martin Hanna; the Youth Oriented Magazine, YO, was uncontested for the Media Award; Windia Krishna Jaunai and Chrisha St. Brice of Frutage Jeunesse were named 2018’s Outstanding Youth In Entrepreneurship; Keithlin Caroo captured the Youth in Agriculture Award and the Outstanding Youth Fellow went to Anita Felix.
Felix would emerge the most awarded nominee of the night, winning the Community Award for Outstanding Youth In Social Development and the most esteemed honour — the Youth of Excellence Award (Youth of the Year).
After accepting her trophies, she told the media: “It’s a great feeling that what I have done for my community is recognized on a national level and I feel very pleased and excited.”
Even with the glistening accolades, the Belle Vue native said she won’t be resting on her laurels.
For the first time in its history, the Annual Youth Awards will make available $10,000 to the Youth of the Year for a youth development project of her choice.
Felix said: “Well first, I will start with my community because charity begins at home. What I plan to do for my community is have a youth programme where young individuals, both young boys and girls, will get a mentor. I think that is one area where we are lacking. By doing this, I am not just helping myself but helping other young persons become better men and women for society.”
As the 2018 Youth of the Year, Felix will attend the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth to be held in Portugal this June.
Other winners in the Outstanding Community Awards include Castries Central which was uncontested for the Outstanding Youth & Sports Council Award.
Kenier Barthelmy and Alexia Alcindor won the individual category for the Community Achievement Award and the Rising Stars Police Youth Club won the organization category for Community Achievement Award.
In the Outstanding Organization Awards categories, Rising Stars Police Youth Club copped its second win for Outstanding Youth Organization.
The Outstanding Religious Organization Award went to the Youth Power Group and the Anse Ger Secondary School won Outstanding Student Council.
Of the Esteemed Individual Awards Categories, the Challenge Award went to Wellington Alexander; the Volunteer Award would be Kenier Barthelmy’s second win for the night and Sam Eudovique would capture the Outstanding Student Leader Award.
Two Special Awards were given to uniformed group, the Duke of Edinburgh and Algas Organics CEO, Johanan Dujon.
In his address at Saturday’s ceremony, Minister for Youth Development and Sports, the Honourable Edmund Estephane, commended young leaders for their achievements in 2018 and committed to the continued refinement of the Annual Youth Awards Programme.
“We pledge that we will continue to make improvements to the awards next year, perhaps through an online platform for nomination which is more accessible to the young people. We note with great interest at the Ministry of Youth Development and Sports, the National Workers’ Union’s spirited efforts within the trade union movement. We are looking at including a new category at the Youth Awards next year to recognize the efforts and contribution of meaningful youth engagement within the trade union movement,” the minister said.
The Ministry of Youth Development and Sports congratulates all winners of the 2018 Annual Youth Awards and thanks its partners for their contributions toward another successful showcase of youth excellence in Saint Lucia.