The late and former Honorable Waple Evadney Nedd, JP affectionately known
by most as “Auntie Waps” made significant and selfless contributions
with the extraordinary gifts she was blessed with and or developed from
a very early age until her death on January 5th 2008. Waple was a highly
motivated, driven woman with strong religious convictions. Her
commitment to community values, unconditional love, hard work, support
and care will last into perpetuity. She lived the principle: “Life is a
contribution and not a competition.”
Born July 1936 at Belair in the Parish of Saint Andrew, Waple Nedd, in
her early years, was parented by disciplined grandparents, aunts and
uncles, including Teacher George. This early discipline became the
foundation for her life’s accomplishments, in academia, in
organizations, in sports, as a wife, mother and grandmother. Through
God’s divine purpose for her life, Waple’s accomplishments were also
manifested at church, at her school, in business, as a social worker,
during local and national politics and ultimately in international
affairs, for which she was grateful.
She firmly believed the best way to give back was to demonstrate a life
of continuous service to her fellow men. Through her inspired efforts,
many have aspired to become physicians, attorneys, educators, health
workers, business owners, administrators, skilled workers and many other
professionals. Many of whom have made significant contributions to our
Waple’s life was governed by purpose, passion and praying. She
demonstrated mentoring skills early. She was a positive motivator to her
children, families, friends, to other children and their families, to
her church, employees, and co-workers. Her influence also spread to her
community, the island of Grenada and abroad. The needy and helpless also
benefited from knowing her. Young people and children gravitated to her.
Her heart melted with concern for seniors and the downcast. Her
principles are visible in her faith and belief in God’s unending
promises of a life beyond the grave.
Waple attended Belair Church of Scotland School and then St. Andrews
Anglican at Grenville. She was an active member of Belair Cultural &
Literary League and was involved in sporting activities such as netball,
cricket, and hits representing her school throughout the island. Upon
completing high school, Waple moved to Aruba in 1952 to live with her
mother, returning a year later to Grenada. The Aruban experience helped
shaped her to be a wife, mother, grandmother, and mentor to all her
families and friends. In May of 1953, Waple gave her heart to the Lord
and was baptized while with her mother. and joined the Seventh-day
Adventist Church. She returned to Grenada October 1953 and held
membership at the Paradise Seventh-day Adventist Church till the day of
her passing. Along with many Christians and under the guidance of the
Holy Spirit, she made many outstanding contributions covering Spiritual
Mentoring, Education, Health Wellness, Social Services, Home Economics
and Family Empowerment.
In 1954, her romance with Kenneth started at the Belair playgrounds
during a time when most romances began – around sports, cultural
activities and church events. Kenneth was 24 years old, and he was at
the ripe age to catch his “fish.” He was fascinated as he observed a
beautiful, spirited and athletic young lady as the star netball and
cricket player so he made his move to start communicating with Waple.
This led to a mutual understanding that sporting events like netball and
cricket were the avenues to meet. Waple’s interest grew when she was
able to attend cricket matches and observe this handsome and skillful
wicket keeper on the field in great performance. It began to look as a
match made in heaven. Kenneth and Waple’s communication developed even
stronger which lead to the beginning of their milestone marriage in
December 1956. They celebrated their 51st anniversary in December 2007.
This union gave birth to four sons; Kenneth Junior, Kester Jimmy, Khan
Javan and the last Kyron John (who went to rest at the age of three).
They were the proud grandparents of Kimberly, Michael, Kesan, Ginelle,
Kyron, Kristen, Noah and Olivia, and daughters-in-laws Gillian, Lauldi
Waple owned and operated a commercial school from 1957 to 1967 which was
located in Grenville, Saint Andrews. She provided typing and shorthand
instruction and other assistance to hundreds of young adults. She helped
them secure employment, pursue higher education, and open ways for them
to travel abroad to improve their standard of living. She happily
extended herself, offering resources without ever expecting remuneration
in return. She encouraged each individual to return the favor and give
back to others. Many of her families and friends, knowing her
intelligent mind encouraged her to attend college; but she sacrificed
and committed herself to see that all her children accomplish more than
she was able. In 1967, Waple home schooled herself and passed 4 GCE
O’Levels in 1968 and 1 GCE O’Level in 1969.
In her professional life, Waple worked for Save the Children Fund from
1963 to 1968 as a child welfare officer throughout Grenada. During those
years she worked with underprivileged families and others to adopt
distressed children. She provided medical support, clothing, food,
housing, educational materials, sporting goods, and other financial
assistance. She experience tremendous success in each case, spending
ninety percent of her time in the field and ten percent in the office.
She investigated and documented each case and explored every possibility
to address the concerns and needs with follow-ups, monitoring and
adjusting plans until she got a positive outcome. She also visited each
village using a monthly schedule to find new cases that qualified for
assistance and made it her duty to respond in a timely manner.
As a part-time Social worker with the Save the Children Fund, The
Honourable Waple Nedd received a Social Welfare Scholarship in 1968 to
attend the University of the West Indies in Jamaica. Upon completion,
she accepted a full-time position with the Government of Grenada to
start a Child Welfare Program in the Ministry of Social Affairs. She
planned and worked tirelessly and was very successful in creating many
new programs in the ministry that became the basis for formalized
welfare work in Grenada. She also organized and started Foster Care and
worked with Juvenile Delinquent girls.
In 1972, The Honourable Waple Nedd contested and won a seat in Grenada’s
House of Parliament, representing the Saint Andrews Northeast
Constituency for four and half years. She played a significant role
along with many others in fighting for Grenada’s Independence under the
Grenada United Labor Party (GULP). Faced with personal death threats and
strong opposition campaigns that at times disrupted the economic and
domestic services throughout the island, she held firmly to her
principles; and her political will went undaunted.
It was a challenging period for Waple Nedd, but she was resilient. Her
commitment to see Grenada become an Independent nation was realized in
February 1974. She worked hard and long and tirelessly. Her
indefatigable spirit complimented up her legacies for they far
outnumbered her disappointments. Grenada shall long remember her
contributions in building community centers and establishing cultural
groups, organizing women’s cricket teams, and obtaining membership with
the British and West Indies Cricket Association for women. Her parenting
groups, especially the empowering of women to be better mothers and
parents made a significant contribution to many families. She introduced
the first National Foster Care Program in the Ministry of Social
Affairs, and. she espoused home and family life classes, including
cooking and other social skills. She was pleased with the exemplary
outcome of her work that helped change the lives of individuals,
families and professionals in Grenada and beyond.
In 1978, the Honourable Waple Nedd and her husband started a small
boutique business to keep actively engaged and to be able to survive
Waple Nedd’s simple living principles
Recognize the Creator as the sole Lord who brings change in our
lives. He is either Lord of all or not Lord at all.
God owns everything; we are just managers, trustees and
Our relationship with God and with men is like a tree, it
produces fruits if the roots feed on faith in God.
Love must be given to God and man. Love is not just a spoken
word; it is an action word, which must be seen at all times.
Give. God loves the giver more than the gift. There is joy in
giving. We can give without loving, but we cannot love without
Always give people more than they expect. Investments bring
No matter what one says, what one believes, what one does, what
one gives or what one owns, he or she becomes bankrupt without love.
“Never quit, never give up regardless of the challenge”
Love never gives up. Love cares more for others than for self. Love
doesn’t want what it doesn’t have. Love doesn’t force itself on others.
Love isn’t always me first. Love doesn’t rejoice nor keeps scores when
others fail. Love is forgiving, trusting, uniting and caring. Love never
dies but keeps going to eternity. So let’s love!!!