Saturday, November 14, 2009

Minister Julian Fraser Honoured by the League of BVIslanders in USVI

The Minister for Communications and Works of the British Virgin Islands Honourable Julian Fraser became one of Virgin Islanders honoured by the League of British Virgin Islanders during the 11th Annual Norwell Harrigan Memorial Scholarship Luncheon which was held on November 8, 2009 on St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. The ceremony was attended by over 200 persons from both parts of the Virgin Islands, including BVI Premier Hon. Ralph O’Neal and Minister for Education and Culture Hon. Andrew Fahie. Premier O’Neal welcomed Fraser’s award.

The League of British Virgin Islanders is a non-profit organization incorporated in 1988 in the U.S. Virgin Islands, with purpose to unite the people of the BVI and the USVI in their social activities.

The Norwell Harrigan Memorial Scholarship provides financial assistance to British Virgin Islanders who have graduated from a secondary school or the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College in the BVI to attend the University of the Virgin Islands in the USVI.

The BVI Minister was honoured by the League for his accomplishments in many fields. While living in the U.S. he was involved in many architectural projects; on his return to the BVI, he actively participated in community activities. In 2007, Hon. Fraser was re-elected already to a third term as a Member of the House of Assembly, and became the Minister for Communications and Works.

Next day after the ceremony, the Minister for Communications and Works gave opening remarks at the 49th Session of Caribbean Meteorological Council. During the interview with the Department of Information and Public Relations, Hon. Julian Fraser spoke about the need to implement a local meteorological office, having admitted that meteorology is one of the subjects which has not been at the forefront of his responsibilities. He expressed hope that the presence of the Caribbean Meteorological Council will help to improve the situation.

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