PHILIPSBURG–Persons who would like to nominate a candidate for the annual President of Parliament Award, have until Tuesday, August 15, to do so. The application documents are on Parliament’s website: www.sxmparliament.org. The information can be found under the documents section of the site. Persons should select the link and you will be able to download the application form. The purpose of the award is to honour young persons in St. Maarten who are great examples to the youth, and who have contributed positively to the community and the country. Nominations can be submitted by any citizen, who believes that the individual who is being nominated meets the criteria.
Candidates being nominated should have the Dutch nationality and/or have been legally residing in St. Maarten for more than 10 years consecutively, and have been registered in the Civil Registry for that period of time; must be between the ages of 15 to 24 years; have made a worthwhile contribution to the development of the community and the country. These contributions/achievements must have taken place within the last three years; contributions/achievements must have been made while the individual was acting as a private citizen, not as an appointed or elected government official; and must have demonstrated capacity for leadership and ability to motivate.
An award committee will be established each year consisting of three members of Parliament. Members of the committee will review the nomination documents prior to the selection meeting and select three nominees. During the selection meeting, the President of Parliament will select the recipient of the award, based on the recommendations of the award committee.
The award will be presented annually to a recipient at a reception ceremony during the opening of the Parliamentary Year.
Nominations should be submitted to: The Parliament of St. Maarten, attention Annual President of Parliament Award Committee, Wilhelminastraat 1, Philipsburg or via e-mail: [email protected]