Nevis Department of Water Honors Three Retirees for Dedicated Service

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(Lr) Hon. Spencer Brand, Minister of Water Services in Nevis; Ms. Tonya Bartlette, Director of the Nevis Water Service; Mr. Denzil Stanley, Principal Assistant Secretary, Ministry of Water Services; Mr. James “Tin Tin” Caines, the oldest of the three retirees honored by the Nevis Water Department; Dr Ernie Stapleton, Permanent Secretary of the Department of Water Services and Mr. Roger Hanley, Director of Operations at the Nevis Water Department at a retirement cocktail party at the Nevis Performing Arts Center on September 30, 2021

NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS – The Nevis Water Department (NWD) honored three of its retirees who have collectively given over 100 years of dedicated service at a retirement cocktail party at the Nevis Performing Arts Center (NEPAC) on September 30, 2021.

Mr. James “Tin Tin” Caines; Mr. Carlton “Cherry” Williams; and Mr. Conrad “Monks” Huggins received plaques and tokens of appreciation from the Hon. Spencer Brand, Nevis Island Administration (NIA) Minister of Water Services on behalf of NWD management and staff.

Mr. Caines joined the public service in August 1977 and retired in May 2021 after having devoted 44 years of loyal service.

He was employed by the NWD where he first worked in Stoney Grove. In January 1999, Mr. Caines became Maintenance Supervisor, a position he held until August 2021. During this time, he led teams engaged in work across the island.

He was appointed to the civil service in September 2001 and progressed over the following years to the post of works inspector.

In 2014, the Nevis Water Improvement Project funded by the Caribbean Development Bank (CBD) began with the construction of a number of storage tanks and the installation of a transmission line from 10 inches from Maddens to Camps Estate and Spring Hill.

Mr. Caines managed a team of workers on this aspect of the project. Other areas of the project he was involved in included installing lines from Stoney Hill to Fothergills, Morgan Estate in Hamilton and Spring Hill to Westbury and down to Cotton Ground.

He expressed his gratitude to the Department of Water Services, and the administration of the Island of Nevis in general, for allowing him to prove himself. He is grateful for the experiences gained from working on many projects for the NIA.

Mr. Caines said his experience with the NIA has been a wonderful journey. One in which he loved to serve and he loved meeting people, interacting with them and helping them.

Mr. Williams joined the NWD in 1989 as a pump operator at Fothergills and Zion and retired on September 20, 2021.

When he started working in the service, only the Zion pump was operational. There were no water tanks at Fothergills and crews had to work on a shift system with staff from both the Zion pumping station and the Fothergills booster station. He also supported production teams when a pump needed to be repaired.

He has been described as a generally friendly individual, who spoke in an unorthodox way when he believed the time was right; and a reliable worker who loved his job.

The other retiree, Mr. Huggins, worked at NWD during a career that spanned 40 years. He joined the department in 1981 as a member of the maintenance team and retired in September 2021 as a works foreman.

When he started his job, he was working at the “Source” with the late William “Willynatta” Archibald.

In 1999 he was appointed to the civil service as a maintenance supervisor, an area in which he helped train and work with new maintenance staff. In 2021, he was promoted to works foreman, a position he held for 20 years until his retirement.

Mr. Huggins is described as being known for his exceptionally hard work and dedication in all areas entrusted to him during his tenure. Even as an unstated worker for 18 years, he showed love and passion for what he did on a daily basis. Anyone could have called him to fix a leak and he was ready and willing to help. He was also characterized as a serious person who had a real passion for his work.

During his tenure in the department, Mr. Huggins oversaw several maintenance teams on missions across Nevis.

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