Sandals Grande Antigua rewards local philanthropists for their exceptional work

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Sandals Grande Antigua Resort & Spa has recognized two local philanthropists for their outstanding work in the community by presenting them with the resort’s 2022 Humanitarian Award.

Business owner Shira Nelson and community activist Mary John were treated to an extravagant brunch with members of the resort’s management team, according to a statement.

They each officially received the station’s prestigious award for individuals who have distinguished themselves by meritorious participation in an act, operation or for prolonged service of a humanitarian nature to an individual or groups of individuals.

According to the statement, Nelson and John were selected from an overwhelming number of candidates submitted by the public and also met the criteria for the award.

The Sandals Grande Humanitarian Award will become the resort’s annual recognition initiative that recognizes locals for their volunteer services reflected in significant devotion of time, energy and selflessness.

“We are pleased to recognize the work of our honorees who have risen to the occasion and been leaders in advocating for the homeless, the less fortunate, and those struggling with drug and addiction issues. within our local communities,” said Resort General Manager Matthew. Cornall said in congratulating the winners.

“It’s a daunting task for one person to undertake, but where we as a company can help improve the lives and environment of the people of Antigua and Barbuda, we will gladly offer a helping hand. tomorrow.”

In their responses, Nelson and John commended the resort for the proactive approach taken through its community relations initiatives and Sandals Foundation projects that have impacted the lives of hundreds of citizens in Antigua and Barbuda.

“I am delighted and humbled by this kind and also somewhat emotional gesture. I remember when I first got the call telling me I was getting this award; I cried for about an hour,” Nelson said.

“I have always extended myself to support my professional and personal pursuits in any way possible without ever thinking of being recognized for the work I do.

“It means I am making an impact. I would also like to say to others involved in community activism to continue to do so with heart and commitment to making the world a better place, one individual at a time.

Meanwhile, John also officially announced that his foundation, The Mary John Transformation of Lives Inc, will soon be registered and launched as he continues to make an impact in local communities.

“I accept this award most humbly on behalf of all homeless people, drug and alcohol addicts, fire victims, flood victims, vagrants, abused minors and the voiceless across this country.

“On the street, I would feel sick to the stomach for people who are sick and suffering either from drug addiction, alcoholism, mental illness and homelessness.

“My work in the community as a social activist stems from my community spirit. It is a labor of love and gratitude to the almighty for sparing me and changing my situation when I hit rock bottom. No one is beyond recovery,” she said.

The Crystal Awards were presented by Training and Development Manager, Carlene Spencer, and Public Relations Manager, Leon Norville, who also reaffirmed the Resort’s commitment to continued work in delivering projects and meaningful and impactful initiatives that will continue to benefit the people of Antigua and Barbuda.

In recent years, the resort – already positioned as a leader in the tourism and hospitality industry – has focused on its impactful and long-lasting community relations activities, not only in Antigua and Barbuda, but in region across all islands where the Sandals brand operates, the statement added.

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