BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, January 5, 2020 (PLP PR Media Inc.) — Rising from humble beginnings to become the Prime Minister of the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis is proof enough that there is no limit to anyone’s accomplishment, and Dr the Hon Timothy Harris on Saturday January 4, at Prime Minister’s Gala 2020 held at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort, thanked all those who found favour in his ability to lead the country.
“I say thank you to all who have helped me in any way and pledge to serve the country one more term as Prime Minister,” said Dr Harris amidst thunderous cheers from the large gathering, as he delivered remarks in welcoming guest speaker, Dr Freeman Hrabowski.
“For my part, I will always be grateful to the people who found favour in my ability to lead our country. I had never envisaged for myself that I would be more than an ordinary citizen wanting to do the very best I can for my family, my community and country.”
Dr Harris told the large gathering that had filled up the entire ballroom at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort, that growing up in the village of Tabernacle, ten miles north-east of Basseterre, he first wanted to become a teacher, and then a lawyer, but added: “My career path of course never did follow that organised trajectory.”
“I am the third child of Margaret Harris of Tabernacle, now deceased, and one of the 33 children of Godfrey Nisbett of Cotton Ground in Nevis,” said Prime Minister Harris. “That I, from humble beginnings, rose to the high Office of Prime Minister indicates that there is no limit to our accomplishment.”
Prime Minister’s Gala 2020, was attended by among others, Governor General His Excellency Sir S.W. Tapley Seaton, GCMG, CVO, QC, JP, Governor General’s Deputy His Excellency Mr Michael Morton, members of Team Unity Cabinet, Federation’s overseas based envoys, resident foreign envoys, business executives and persons from all walks of life.
“Today with the support of the people and with the favour of Almighty God who is the source of all authority, I am humbled to reflect on my own successful journey spanning some 26 years of Parliamentary service and 22 years as a Minister of the Federal government,” said Dr Harris. “I am honoured that for the last four-plus years I have been serving as the Prime Minister of our great Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis.”
The Honourable Prime Minister said a special ‘thank you’ to the people and in particular the people of Constituency Number Seven, which he serves as its Area Parliamentary Representative, who in every general election from 1993 to 2015 stood faithfully and loyally with him, and observed that they will always live in his heart.
“To my loving family, friends, colleagues and well-wishers thank you for being there for me,” further commented Dr Harris. “To all the public servants whose work added value to my service as a Minister and to the country generally, I say thank you.”
Prime Minister Harris was introduced, at the Prime Minister’s Gala 2020, by a former Miss National Carnival Queen – Ms Katherina Davis – who said that she was a beneficiary of Prime Minister Harris’ Help-a-Child Scholarship Programme.
When Deputy Prime Minister the Hon Shawn Richards delivered closing remarks and vote of thanks, he told the charged and cheering gathering that he looks forward to the next Prime Minister’s Gala (2021), with Dr Timothy Harris as the Prime Minister.