West Indies sprinter Shane Shillingford receives the NYC president award
West Indies sprinter, Shane Shillingford walked away with the President’s award at the 16th annual National Youth Awards held by the National Youth Council of Dominica in collaboration with the Youth Development Division on March 12th, 2011, at the Fort Young Hotel.
Shillingford was one of thirteen individuals and seven groups that were awarded on that night, in recognition of their contribution to Dominica’s youth.
Chief Youth Development Officer, Mr Jules Pascal told the gathering that youth involvement is critical in the economical development of the island.
He encouraged the awardees to use this appreciation as a stepping stone to greater things in the future.
President of the National Youth Council of Dominica, Mr Delroy Williams called on other social partners to support the council in developing a vibrant youth movement on the island.
Guest speaker at the awards ceremony, Mr Kael London called on Dominican youth to take up their respective roles with the goal of building Dominica of future generations.
The awardees were Verna Alfred for academic excellence, Sherma Gregoire for entrepreneurship business, Samora Joseph for community involvement, Carlton Henry for culture and heritage, Kavem Hodge for academic achievement, Conrad Shillingford for political involvement and activism, Anthony Cyrille for agriculture and agribusiness, Kidron Alexander received the beyond expectation award, Brenton Henry for Media personality, Kervel David for health and HIV/AIDS, Sernel Florent for music and Dillion Saint Jean for exemplary leadership.
In the groups category, the award for service youth group or club went to the Laplaine Youth on the Rise group, up and coming musical band – Simplez, Sporting achievement – Desiderata Tremors, Faith-based group – the Adventist Pathfinders, cultural/heritage group – Boetica Cultural group and a second award for faith-based group went to the Pentecostal Pathfinders.
Special recognition awards were also presented to the Joint Secondary School Drama Club and La Coures Des Artes and Mr Emmaneul Loblack for his contribution to sports in Dominica.