It was a night to recognize significant strides—contributions that stars and budding stars had made over the years. It was a moment that was repeated year after year, never losing its appeal, but rather doing just the opposite. It was a night to relish old memories and create new ones. It was life changing for some, and most of all, it was sublime.
The National Youth Awards took place on the 23 of April at the National Cultural Centre. Many walked away beaming as they made their way to the stage to accept a perfectly sculpted award. And though some left empty-handed, their spirits were not dampened as it was a splendid evening and being nominated showed that they, without a doubt, hadcome a long way.
Individuals were nominated in categories like: Literary Arts, Visual Arts, Entrepreneurship and others.
Winners walked away with wow prizes that were given by various companies; prizes included gift vouchers and smart devices.
The night was filled with excitement; a number of guest performers executed their pieces flawlessly to an appreciative audience. Entertainment included song, dance and an especially riveting spoken word performance by Keyanna Marcellin.
The many highlights of the night also included a good-natured Johnson Charles, West Indies Cricket Player (Saint Lucia’s very own), presenting sponsors with an autographed ball, and a speech given by the Minister for Youth Development and Sports, Shawn Edward, where he recognized the nominees who had made it this far.
It was truly a wonderful event—one which showed why events of this kind are absolutely necessary.
Speaking with the media, recipient of the Outstanding Youth of the Year award (and two other awards), Kendall Elva said, “What I want this award to signify is that young people can make a significant, a valuable and a decent contribution to what occurs within the community whether it is from an economic, cultural, social or political standpoint.”
The 33-year-old who hails from Belle Vue, Vieux Fort and is actively involved in youth work added, “I see this award as being a statement of affirmation that young people are indeed a vital resource that should be invested in nation building activities.”
List of Winners
Outstanding Arts Award: Daniel Dubois
Youth in Literary Arts: Vladimir Lucien
Visual Arts Award: Sant Justin
Most Outstanding Professional in Youth Work: Kendall Elva
Outstanding Community Achievement: Kendall Elva
Outstanding Youth in Social Development: Charde Desir
Outstanding District Youth and Sports Council: Soufriere Youth and Sports Council
Outstanding Organization Award: Team Unite
Student Council Award: Augier Secondary
Most Esteemed Challenge Award: Denver Moncherry
Esteemed Volunteer Award: Denver Moncherry
Esteemed Youth in Development: Snaliah Mahal
Esteemed Uniformed Group Leader: Mandy Charles
Most Outstanding Youth of the Year: Kendall Elva
*Please note that the full list of winners will be posted on our social media pages