(GIS) – A press launch of the 2018 National Awards was held at the Office of the Prime Minister on Nov. 13.
With nominations for the Order of Saint Lucia being currently accepted, the National Awards Committee found it fitting to provide information and details of the process for nomination to the media, therefore, aiding in informing the public of how any individual, seen as deserving can be nominated.
“Over the years many Saint Lucians have been duly recognised under this program and we want to take this time to congratulate them for the excellent service to our nation,” said Sen. Mauricia Thomas-Francis, chairperson of the committee.
“Consistent to our mandate to ensure that deserving persons are continually nominated for recognition we have embarked on a series of public relations activities that we will run over the next six weeks. Prior to this launch the committee has taken on several activities to ensure that nominations are received. We have issued over 500 nomination forms to various organisations and we are looking to also do a number of activities with the popular talk shows on island so that we can sensitize people within the communities as to the need, so that they nominate deserving persons, and as such, we will receive more nominations than we have had in the past.”
Committee Member Wilbert King, who is also the Chairman of the Public Service Commission added that the belief held by some that awards are only given to those of a certain class must be done away with. I believe that the onus is on all of us to encourage Saint Lucians to nominate persons who they believe can qualify for the receipt of honours and awards. The idea that the awards are for a certain class of people must be dispelled.”
Mr King went on to state that the decision as to who will be awarded depends mostly on the information given to the committee about the individual nominated, and whether it satisfies the criteria.