July 30, 2015 - St. George, Grenada: ‘In order to succeed, you must first believe that you can’. These wise words spoken by Nikos Kazantzakis must have been foremost on the minds of twelve (12) students of NAWASA employees when they sat this year’s Caribbean Primary Exit Assessment (CPEA) Examination.
As a corporate entity, the Authority recognized these bright stars during the 12th Annual CPEA Award Ceremony held on Wednesday July 29, 2015 at its Main Office on The Carenage.
To date 92 students have benefitted from this initiative which started in 2003, and in many ways have enhanced their educational experience and complemented their learning at home.
Mrs. Pansy Ventour, Human Resources Manager at NAWASA spearheaded the planning committee for the awards ceremony. When asked why NAWASA continues to support this initiative annually, she commented ‘Recognising the students for their achievement is a means of motivation. It is a push in the right direction towards the accomplishment of their goals not just for the five secondary school years, but also at the tertiary level and beyond.’ This event I believe enables the employees to identify with NAWASA which will further enhance employee/employer relationship and subsequently enhance productivity.’
Representing the Board of Directors at the Award Ceremony was Board Director Mrs. Cynthia Charles.
“As a Board, we endorse NAWASA’s commitment to recognize the academic achievement of students of its employees. As a corporate business organization, NAWASA is cognizant of its responsibility and commitment toward ensuring that there is a balanced pool of qualified human resources who would contribute towards nation building.” …these words formed part of her presentation.
“Your secondary school journey will be about learning how to think, exercising some degree of control over your thoughts especially as it will be a new experience and deciding what to pay most attention too. Be true to yourself and everything will be fine, remember your thoughts can affect your reality and the ability to choose how you construct meaning from experience will determine the lenses from which you see the world and how you react in return.”
Engineer Damani Bruno encouraged the students with the focus being on “Success through Failure.”
“I dare you all today to be different, don’t just go through your next five years, but live it, create inspiring goals and values for yourselves. Failure is inevitable, it’s expected and it’s a natural part of life. Let’s look at the alphabet; A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H….Just as G follows F in the alphabet, when we fail at whatever we do, we get right back up and move forward.”
“There is no doubt in my mind that one cannot succeed without failing. People view failure as a step backwards or a halt in progress, but to me failure is actually a step forward towards your goal and dreams. Never Give Up. Never giving up means you repeatedly fail and learn from your mistakes and move on. When we accept failure as progress we get closer and closer to our goal as we learn more and more how to succeed.”Mr. Bruno added.
Vouchers provided to the students were worth $300.00 each which will help to defray some of the educational expenses usually assumed by parents.
Congratulation is extended to all students who were successful in this years’ CPEA Examination.