By: Staff Writer
New Deputy Governor General for Nevis Her Honour Hyleta Liburd will show a willingness to learn and grow in her new role while acknowledging the foundation left by her predecessors.
These were her words as she delivered her acceptance speech.
Liburd was sworn in by Resident High Court Judge in St. Kitts Hon. Justin Trevor Ward QC at the High Court in Charlestown early Friday, (August 31, 2018),at the event presided over by Sir Tapley Seaton, Governor General of St. Kitts and Nevis. She used the opportunity to thank the Governor General and the Nevis Island Administration Cabinet for the honour.
“With God’s help, wisdom and grace and according to His will, I endeavor to meet your expectations and serve my people, the people of Nevis, with pleasure and distinction. God has brought me thus far and I trust Him to provide all I need to take me successfully forward.” she said.
The new Deputy Governor General added that she was grateful for all who God had placed in her path to care, nurture, teach, train, encourage, challenge, support and love her. She acknowledged her parents whose influence, she said, would not leave her. She also thanked her family, friends and well-wishers who were a part of a special moment for her.
Meantime, Mrs. Liburd used the opportunity to speak on values in the society. She noted that the development of a country is fueled by its people and where they are and where they are willing go, is dependent on their vision, initiative, passion and involvement.
The Deputy Governor General opined, that there are many positive things taking place on Nevis as a result of those influences, coupled with respectful interaction, planning, commitment and hard work. While there were challenges along the way, she said, “each one brought an opportunity to find a solution.”
Mrs. Liburd expressed that while growing up she was taught to do things the right way and to be obedient; she encouraged the people of Nevis to be strong, resourceful and committed.
She emphasized, “We cannot become too weak or too indifferent to guide, to correct, to instruct and to be good examples.” Moreover, she said, “as we go out daily, our words, conversations, actions and attitudes speak volumes to the people we encounter.”
Her Honour said, “God, our great creator and designer, made a perfect blueprint of each one of us so we can make a positive difference where we are. He has given us one of the most beautiful places on earth to live. Let us together, capitalize on this and do the best we can. Let us seek His wisdom, guidance and help. We cannot be afraid to do and demand what is right. Let us join hands and minds and be a caring people with integrity, respect, love, forgiveness and peace.”