Mr. Calvin P. Farier was born in Sandy Point on 15th February 1940. In the years 1945-1955, he attended the Sandy Point boys school through the Sandy Point Senior school and obtained seventh standard certificate and senior School Leaving Certificate and won the Eagles Spelling Bee Island Competition.
In the years 1955- 1967, he began a teaching career as a pupil teacher at the Sandy Point Senior School and topped the Leeward Islands Teachers Exams three (3) times. By 1961, he obtained Ordinary and Advanced Levels at the London Overseas G.C.E exams to qualify for University entrance. Mr. Farier successfully tutored school leavers at the Sandy Point Senior School to write GCE O levels and spearheaded the search to locate a suitable site for the Sandy Point High School. He also taught at he Sandy Point High School from its inception in 1966 to June 1967.
During the years 1970-1980, he was assigned t the Basseterre Hight School to teach West Indian History, Economics, Accounts, and Commerce. He was the first male Principal at the St. Theresa’s Convent High School where Accounting, Commerce and sports were introduced. In 1978 he was appointed head at the Basseterre Junior High School, and tasked with bringing the two sections, Burdon street and east park range togeht4e in one campus, now called the Washington Archibald High School. He was elected president of the teachers Association which hosted for the first time the Conference of the Caribbean union teachers (CUC) in St. Kitts and initiated the Association’s membership in the world conference of organizations of the teaching profession (WCOTP) and gained attendance at its first Caribbean meeting in Jamaica. He was selected as a member of the Caribbean Examination Council assisting in drafting syllabi and multiple-choice questions for CXC Accounting and Commerce.
In the years 1980-1995, Mr. Farier was promoted to the post of Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education and took the initiative for government to acquire lands from private owners and the Anglican Church for the establishment of the Sandy Point Primary School, while continuing the thrust for the establishment of the College of Further Education. He was later transferred to the then Premiers Ministry and the Ministry O Home and Foreign Affairs as Permanent Secretary. He was also appointed as Cabinet Secretary and the first Chief Secretary and Head of the Civil Service. He assisted in the establishment of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency (CDERA) and attended its meeting throughout CARICOM, Cuba
And Haiti. Along wit Prime Minster Simmonds, he attended ‘Regional, Commonwealth and other meetings and participated in the meeting in Jamaica, welcoming the released Nelson Mandela and his wife to the Caribbean. He also served as a member of the Board of the Cable TV company and was appointed as a member if the Board of visiting Justices of Her Majesty’s Prison. Mr. Farier retired in 1995, he is married and has four children.
CALVIN FARIER is therefore presented with the Award of Companion of the Star of Merit for long and Meritorious Service.