The OECS region has received its second Laureate for Entrepreneurship by The ANSA McAl Foundation. Shadel Nyack Compton, Managing Director of Belmont Estate on Saturday 13th May, 2017 became the first Grenadian and the first woman to receive the Anthony N Sabga Caribbean Awards for Excellence Award for Entrepreneurship.
According to the Award Citation, Ms. Nyack Compton was bestowed this prestigious award for “her achievement in transforming an institution of oppression, the Plantation, into a human – centred, economically viable enterprise to the benefit of her local and national communities.” They noted that she abandoned a possibility lucrative legal career in the United States, and took personal risks, and entered into Agriculture, a field far less popular.
They considered that the symbolic and real world implications of Belmont Estate can guide the region. Ms. Nyack Compton impressed the Regional Eminent Persons Panel, the selecting committee by her foresight, imagination, intelligence, persistence, innovativeness and concern for people and sustainability, which are essential for Caribbean development.”
They stated that because of her qualities of entrepreneurship, sentience and humanity, Ms. Nyack Compton has been found “an Entrepreneur of the first rank, worthy of the accolade of Laureate.”
Accepting the award at the ceremony held at the Marriot Hotel in Georgetown Guyana, Nyack Compton started by commenting that the ceremony reminded her of the Oscars and that she was accepting it as Grenada’s Oscar! She congratulated the ANSA McAl Foundation for making the awards non-gender specific.
“This allows for women to be recognised and celebrated in traditionally male –dominated areas. A person’s gender should neither be a hindrance nor an advantage – great work is rewarded regardless of gender,” she added.
She expressed special thanks to her country and government for providing a good business climate for entrepreneurs
As the OECS candidate, with St. Vincent origins, and a St. Lucian father, she also paid homage to St. Lucia for its positive influences in her life, and she recognized the OECS for its work in sustainable development in the region. Nyack-Compton is the daughter of the late Augustus Compton, a regional diplomat and Caribbean integrationist who served as Executive Secretary of West Indies Associated States and Deputy Director of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States.
Source: Belmont Estate