PRESS RELEASE – Anastasia Merlyn Fevrier, president of the Children of Helen in Palm Beach, Florida Inc., and a Saint Lucian who has been residing in the United States of America for the last 26 years, was one of 12 nominees to battle for the prestigious Giraffe Awards last month (March 2014).
The Awards, offered by the Women’s Chamber of Commerce of Palm Beach County, Florida, are given annually to honour women who have “stuck their necks out” by taking risks and applying initiative, dedication and perseverance, thereby making a difference for other women in the workplace and in the community.
Fevrier, who hails from Vieux Fort, is a pharmacist by profession and mother of two sons.
Passionate about her homeland isle and helping people, these traits propelled her in 2010 to take up the mantle as president of the non-profit organisation – Children of Helen in Palm Beach, Florida Inc. The organisation is a civic-minded group whose principal goals include maintaining and edifying Saint Lucia’s cultural heritage while making positive contributions to the immediate community and empowering others through education.
Since inception, the organisation has given 10 scholarships to college students in Florida of Caribbean descent, provided educational supplies and school vouchers to students and sent disaster relief supplies for those in need in St. Lucia.
Fevrier’s key aim, through this group and her professional life as a pharmacist, remains volunteering her services and ample experience to help others who are in need. She is a firm believer that the extraordinary can be achieved by encouraging and engaging in work with all like-minded and able individuals.
This, the 19th annual awards ceremony, was held in West Palm Beach on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 during Women’s History Month. In the end, the three women to receive the coveted prize were Diana Stanely, the chief executive officer of The Lord’s Place; Gayle Landen, president of the Young Women’s Christian Association (YMCA) of Palm Beach County; and Noretta Tisdale Jenkins, outreach worker, Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies.
Fevrier was elated for the three winners and feels extremely honoured to have been recognised. She is now more motivated than ever to continue her sterling work in her community and in the name of her home country, Saint Lucia, the Helen of the West Indies.
Her achievements make us proud and should spur on continued hard work and excellence in Saint Lucians volunteering for the betterment of our communities and people at home and abroad.