Former Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis Dr Denzil L. Douglas applauded Jacinth Henry-Martin and referred to her as a “phenomenal woman” who contributed extensively to the development of St Kitts and Nevis Labour Party.
Jacinth Henry-Martin is currently an Advisor in the Office of the Assistant Secretary-General of the Organization of American States (OAS), with a purview that includes responsibility for the 28 OAS National Offices in the Americas.
She was the first Federal female Ambassador Plenipotentiary of St Kitts and Nevis accredited to the United States of America.
St Kitts and Nevis Labour Party leader and former PM Dr Denzil L. Douglas stated that Jacinth Henry-Martin is a renaissance woman.
He stated that she is a multi-talented, intriguing, and wise individual who has used her knowledge to instigate vast changes and create opportunities for others.
“Jacinth has truly made and continues to make her mark in this world,” added Dr. Douglas.
He stated on his Facebook page that Jacintha is an experienced public speaker, storyteller, and spoken word artist.
Applauding her, the former SKNLP leader stated that Jacintha has held very prominent and prestigious positions throughout her lifetime and has traveled extensively representing the Federation, leaving an indelible impression at each destination.
Henry also served as the Federation’s Deputy High Commissioner at the St. Kitts and Nevis High Commission in London, United Kingdom, where she served until December 2008.
She then went to the United States to serve as Director of US Operations for the St. Kitts Tourism Authority, from January 2009 to December 2010.
Between 2011 and 2015, she served concurrently as Permanent Representative to the OAS, and was also the Federation’s non-resident Ambassador to Mexico and to Paraguay.
Dr Douglas added that Jacinth has a proven track record of excellence in the Federation of St Kitts-Nevis in fields which span private and public sector service, and as evidenced during her tenure as an elected parliamentarian and Federal Minister of Government (2000-2004).
She was the first female to be elected to Parliament on a St Kitts-Nevis Labour Party ticket (2000), unseating the then Leader of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition.
Her passion for culture and her African heritage has been showcased in her life’s work, from her dignified and regal demeanor to her professional ventures.
Jacinth exemplified herself as her government’s representative on youth and cultural matters, and as Federal Minister for Information, Culture, Sports & Youth.
She spearheaded the Federation’s successful hosting of several events including the UNESCO Caribbean Youth Gathering for Peace (2002), which focused on developing a culture of peace and non-violence within children.
At that time, the summit was focused around sustainable economic and social development.
There was also the VII Caribbean Festival of Arts (2000) that brought greater cultural diversity to the island as youths from various Caribbean and Latin American countries came together to display their countries heritage in drama, music, visual arts, literature, folklore, crafts, dance, and various other heritage exhibitions depicting the national heroes, morale, myth, traditions, beliefs, and creativity from their respective regions.
Jacinth also led the Federation’s successful bid in 2004 to host World Cup Cricket on behalf of the Caribbean region.
Each event brought diversity, economic stability, and global recognition to our Federation.
A remarkable woman indeed.