NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (May 13, 2020) — Mr. Alsted Pemberton, a career civil servant of 37 years, encouraged Permanent Secretaries and Heads of Departments in the Nevis Island Administration to continue to work together to effect meaningful social change on Nevis.
He made the call at a small farewell reception on May 8, 2020, hosted by the Ministry of Social Development, where he served as Director of the Social Policy and Sustainable Human Development Unit, his final appointment within the ministry.
“I just want to take this opportunity to say thank you to all of you, the ministers, the PS Ministry of Social Development, the PS Human Resources and all the Heads of Departments…and to say to you continue to work together to promote meaningful social change throughout the community of Nevis,” he said.
Mr. Pemberton who worked in several areas within the Service stated that although he was retiring he would assist if needed.
“I am still available to assist the Ministry of Social Development. Even I’m leaving the Public Service I still have the Ministry of Social Development at heart and people in particular because I have worked with people all of my life. I have been in a number of community groups and organisations and I am still working with people and I will continue to work with people,” he said.
Mr. Pemberton who retired as of May 12, 2020, used the opportunity to thank all those persons he had worked with him during his tenure at the ministry, noting that he would not have succeeded without their help.
“I want to take this opportunity once again to thank all of you for working along with you as Heads of Departments and working along with you as your Permanent Secretary in establishing a lot of different things on the landscape of Nevis.
“So without you there would have been no me and so I want you as you express your appreciation to me, I also want to express my appreciation to you as well,” he said.
Mr. Pemberton explained that he joined the ministry in 2006 but prior to that he entered the Public Service as a clerk at the Parcel Post, Customs Division which was located at the Old Treasury Building in Charlestown.
From there he moved to the Department of Education and taught for five years at both the Gingerland and Charlestown Secondary schools where he focused on Science subjects.
He then moved to the Labour Department as a Junior Labour Officer, was promoted to Senior Labour Officer and later headed the department as the Chief Labour Officer during his 16-year tenure before moving to the Ministry of Social Development as the Permanent Secretary, at a time when it was being reconfigured.
Meantime, Hon. Eric Evelyn, Minister of Social Development who was also present, praised Mr. Pemberton for his long service.
“He has been an all-rounder in the civil service…and would have given 37 unbroken years and that deserves commendation… and for him to have given 37 long years of service to the government and people of this beautiful island of Nevis is no mean feat.
“Thirty-seven years is a long time to work in the government service and I am sure Mr. Pemberton would have given quality service. I believe he would have been a wonderful and very effective manager,” he said.
The minister also commended Mr. Pemberton for his accomplishments within the ministry.
“You would have been at the forefront of the ministry that I now lead, the Ministry of Social Development, and you would have been the Permanent Secretary and you would have been the one who would have been the trendsetter there and would have left a legacy for others who are there now to follow.
“I am delighted to hear that you were the one who would have been at the forefront of some of these programmes that we are now benefiting from and many persons in Nevis are now benefiting from. So I really want to thank you for the sterling service that you would have provided to that particular ministry… All who benefit from that ministry are all the better from your sterling quality service in the Ministry of Social Development,” he said.