PROFILE OF MR SAMUEL POWELL, M.H.

Mr. Samuel Powell of Gingerland, Nevis entered the Civil Service in 1970.  He served as a Teacher from 1970-1980 and taught at the Primary and Secondary School Levels.  In 1980 he was transferred to the Department of Agriculture where he worked as a Technician at the Caribbean Agriculture Research and Development Institute (CARDI), as the Chief Extension Officer from 1988-2000 and finally as the Director of Agriculture in Nevis from 2000 to 2006.  In 2006 he was transferred to the Department of Cooperatives and served as the Director of Co-operatives until he retired in 2008.

At the Department of Agriculture, Mr. Powell worked very closely with farmers and ensured that with the opening of the Four Seasons Hotel they produced crops for that market.  Crop scheduling as well as crop forecasting were implemented all becoming known as the Nevis Model. His innovative approaches in agriculture and cooperatives have been highly commended.

Mr. Powell is a musician as well and not only has he played in many banks on Nevis, but he has been playing the organ at the Gingerland Methodist Church for 49 years and in general other churches as required.

In 1983 the Methodist Expressions Choir was formed, and Mr. Powell was appointed the Director, a position which he still holds today. This choir also contributes to the community by establishing two scholarship programmes in both High Schools in Nevis for students who are in need.

Currently, Mr. Powell is a member of GEF Small Grants Programme.  This programme seeks to assist groups to formulate and implement projects.  Mr.  SAMUEL POWELL is therefore presented with the Medal of Honor for Outstanding and Meritorious Service.