BIOGRAPHY: Arthur Evelyn – Star of Merit Award Recipient 2017

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Mr Arthur Evelyn

Mr. Arthur Evelyn has been a long standing servant of the people in many areas of his life. Born in Butlers Village, Mr. Evelyn lived during a time when the socioeconomic conditions were drastically different to what they are today and opportunities for upward mobility weren’t as readily available. However, through, discipline and dint of dedication, he would rise to become one of Nevis’ most cherished and beloved sons.
Mr. Evelyn has served the business community for many years as a registered pharmacist and opened his drug store in 1946 which eventually yew to becomethe premier pharmaceutical institution to service the healthcare needs of numerous Nevisians. Although Mr. Evelyn evolved into an established business man with a fairly sound financial footing, he was not content with everything around him. There were certain social Ills that caught his attention and which would eventually lead him to ascend to a greater calling — that of public life. Mr. Evelyn was very concemed about the inadequacy of critical services and therefore pushed for a platform to address these issues.
In 1967, when the Nevis Local Council was established, Mr. Evelyn was elected as its first Chairman and sought to bring about improvements to the basic infrastructure of the island (water, roads, sanitation, electricity). When the Nevis Island Administration was offcially inaugurated in 1983, then Premier, Dr. Simeon Daniel, appointed Mr. Evelyn the first Minister of Agriculture, Lands, Housing, Labour and Tourism (1983-1987). Under Mr. Evelyn’s guidance, the first land reform program in Nevis was implemented which enabled many Nevisians to own “a piece of the rock”. The Nevis Lands and Housing Development Corporation was also established to oversee the distribution of land to Nevisians and extensive infrasfructure was put in place to boost agriculture and service farmers throughout the island.
Mr. Evelyn has also served extensively in community life, having been a founding member of the Nevis Turf and Jockey Club, an active contributor and member ofthe Mental Health Association, Culturama, The Lions Club, The Blind Light and Visually Impaired Society and the St. Paul’s Anglican Church vestry.
To be sure, Mr. Arthur Evelyn is a humble and honest individual and the hallmark of his time on this earth has been one of sincerity of service to Nevisians.

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