Nevis Premier – The Hon. Joseph Parry
December 31, 2009
The Hon. Joseph Parry has been declared “Man of the Year 2009″ by the Internet news media – Nevispages. The disclosure was made in an online article on December 31, 2009.
The news site described Premier Parry as a contemporary man of traditional values whose early years as a student at Charlestown Secondary School, led him to become Premier of the tiny Caribbean island of Nevis.
In a biography, his various career paths were detailed starting with his job as a school teacher at the Charlestown Secondary School. Mr. Parry was quoted as saying that his best years were teaching the young people of Nevis. “Guiding their young minds and watching them grow mentally was truly rewarding”, he remarked.
It is important to note that at the 40th anniversary celebrations of the Charlestown Secondary School, Mr. Parry’s peers and former students voted him the “most outstanding male teacher.”
When the St. Christopher and Nevis Social Security Fund was established on February 1, 1978, a branch was opened in Nevis, with Mr. Parry as the first manager.
“Being Manager of the Social Security Department when it was nearly established was a very challenging position, yet very rewarding,” stated Premier Parry.
According to the article, this very dedicated Nevisian became the first Nevisian Permanent Secretary in 1980. This post granted him the opportunity to become the architect of the Nevis Civil Service when he worked in government.
As an entrepreneur and as a non-executive member of several boards, including the well established Bank of Nevis, Mr. Parry’s private sector life also proven successful according to the article.
Nevispages said their criteria for selecting the “Man of the Year” was based on the person or persons who most affected the news and the lives of Nevisians. It also pointed out that the accolade was “not an endorsement!”