Jonathan Ward wins Nevis Youth Impact 12 Award in area of cultural and historical preservation

Jonathan Ward secured the Nevis Youth Impact 12 Award in the area of cultural and historical preservation. Department of Youth shared the profile of the awardee and said that he is a quiet and unique young man. 

Jonathan Ward wins Nevis Youth Impact 12 Award in area of cultural and historical preservation
Jonathan Ward wins Nevis Youth Impact 12 Award in area of cultural and historical preservation

Nevis: Jonathan Ward secured the Nevis Youth Impact 12 Award in the area of cultural and historical preservation. Department of Youth shared the profile of the awardee and said that he is a quiet and unique young man. 

He is also dependable and has a multitude of hidden or unexpected talents, to say the least. Jonathan was born on the 16 of April, 1999. He resides at Brown Hill Village in the parish of St. John’s.

Since pre-adolescence, he has demonstrated high levels of patience, care, and empathy, particularly with his environment and the people around him.

After leaving the Nevis Sixth Form College, Ward Joined the Nevis Historical and Conservation Society (NHCS) in 2019 and was appointed to this non-profit organization as an Administrative Clerk/ Archivist.

Since being appointed as a Junior Archivist, Jonathan immediately developed an affinity for bookkeeping, documenting, and recording Cultural & Historical Records of our ancestry here on the island of Nevis.

In 2020, Jonathan was granted an opportunity through the Historical Society to travel to Hamilton College in New York and began studies and training under the tutelage of Professor Christian Goodwillie, who specialized in digitizing, data collection, and data retrieval, which was optimal for the Historical Society to properly preserve and have soft copies of old manuscripts, texts, birth records and baptismal records.

Since receiving this formal training, Jonathan has worked alongside several researchers, archeologists, and priests to assist in the areas of family tracking and genealogy.

Although Johnathan is passionate about history, his desire for historical preservation is not exclusive to administrative work. Jonathan, in his capacity as an archivist and Red Cross Officer, has volunteered for a plethora of noteworthy activities.

Namely:

* Earth Day Coastal Cleanups

* Beekeeping & Bee Conservation Workshops.

* Inter School Sports First Aid Responder

* Technical Support for workshops, seminars, and community outreach for the museum.

* Protection of Marine Life & The Wetlands.

After 5 Years of being employed under the historical society, Jonathan has decided to transition into banking and finance. In spite of this transition, he has decided to continue volunteering and dedicating his weekends to assisting the society with archival research and helping the society train new staff on documentation and maintaining the archives.

In the future, Ward plans to invest his time in assisting his past colleague, Arquella Bendeito, with the Intangible Heritage Project (ICH) and assisting with grants that deal with preserving our cultural heritage.