Basseterre, ST. KITTS – The late Honourable Sir K. Dwight Venner, the second Governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) and the longest-serving one, was honoured today, Thursday, March 2nd, 2017 during a naming and unveiling ceremony at the Bank’s headquarters in St. Kitts.
The Phase 1 building, which was officially opened on October 29th, 1994, is now named in honour of Sir K. Dwight Venner who served as Governor from December 1989 to November 2015. Sir Venner passed away in St. Lucia on Thursday, December 22nd, 2016 at the age of 70.
The late Honourable Sir K. Dwight Venner’s widow, Lady Lynda Arnolde Winville Venner, and other family members attended this morning’s ceremony. His Excellency Sir S. W. Tapley Seaton GCMG, CVO, QC, JP was also in attendance. Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris, current ECCB Governor Mr. Timothy Antoine, and other representatives of the governing bodies of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank – namely its Monetary Council and Board of Directors – were present, too, along with members of the Bank’s Management and current and retired staff.
Speaking at the naming and unveiling ceremony, Ms. Zinga Venner, said that, “On behalf of my mom Lady Lynda Venner, all of my siblings and myself, I would like to thank the Monetary Council of the ECCB for showing such great appreciation and recognition for our father’s work through bestowing this honour of naming this building after him. While he is not physically here with us today, he is with us in spirit.”
Ms. Zinga Venner divulged that, “Thankfully, he was also aware of this great acknowledgment before he transitioned to the next life, and he was very pleased and touched when he was updating us on this development.” She added: “I can assure you that he is looking down at us at this very moment with a large smile.”
Prime Minister Harris noted that, “In the early part of 2016, the Monetary Council appointed a legacy committee to put forward ideas by which we could honour the contributions that Sir Dwight Venner had made, not only to the ECCB but to the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union and the wider Caribbean as a whole. Unfortunately, Sir Dwight, as he was affectionately called, passed to the great beyond before the activities that were planned in his honour were brought to fruition. One of such activities was the naming of the Phase 1 building here on the compound of the Bank’s headquarters as the Sir K. Dwight Venner Building.”
Source: OECS News