Currently serving as Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Tourism Carlene Henry-Morton is a relative new-comer to the sector, having just celebrated two years in her position.
She has worked in the Public Sector however for thirty-five (35) years, thirty-three (33) of those years as an Educator; the last five of which she served as principal of one of the top secondary schools on St.Kitts. Carlene also served for fifteen (15) consecutive years as General Secretary of the St. Kitts Teachers’ Union (SKTU). She holds a Certificate in Teacher Education and a BA – Literatures in English (UWI) and an MA -TESOL) – University of Leeds.
Always a strong advocate for life-long learning and training she continues to champion the cause of equipping our Youth for nation building especially in the versatile and transversal Tourism Industry. Under her stewardship the Tourism Education and Awareness programme has been revitalised and is currently being piloted in four (4) local learning institutions. She is convinced that maintaining a dynamic, vibrant and sustainable tourism product requires continuous engagement of our young citizens; our future work force, so they are fully informed about our natural and man-made heritage and ways in which collectively we can protect and preserve it to the benefit of current and future generations.
Other notable initiatives implemented so far under her leadership include: an active Community Tourism programme, the establishment of a National Yachting Advisory Committee, implementation of revitalisation projects and upgrades at iconic tourism-related sites and attractions, the inaugural Green Tourism Camp which attracted over fifty students from rural primary schools.
One of Carlene’s favourite quotes is: Life is mostly froth and bubble/Two things stand like stone/Kindness in another’s trouble/Courage in your own – (Adam Lindsay Gordon)
Hosting this forum will be a watershed achievement on our Sustainable Tourism journey. It underscores our serious commitment to working with local, regional and international partners to keep the conversation going on this critical matter and to practising a wholesome, ‘pro-people pro-planet’ approach to Tourism. Posterity deserves nothing less.