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IWC 2006: Annecdote from St. Kitts

SUN St. Kitts and Nevis has a story about a local taxi driver who found favour with the IWMC during the recent IWC meeting there:
A local taxi driver has been held in the highest regard by the IWMC World Conservation Trust.

A 23 June, 2006 letter from Helene Lapointe, the IWMC Executive Assistant and addressed to her colleagues, stated that “While in St. Kitts and Nevis, should you need local transportation or should you be looking for any information concerning the island, please do not hesitate in contacting Mr. Walford Arthurton.

"Mr. Arthurton is a trusty and friendly person who puts friendship ahead of anything else. IWMC is very happy to highly recommend him to you for reliable, prompt and efficient service…”

The SUN spoke to Arthurton who explained how he was able to meet Lapointe and said he was proud to receive such accolades from such an international organisation.

“I get to meet them on their way from the airport when I picked them up, took them to their hotel and took them shopping. I didn’t know who they were. They asked me for a card, I gave them one and they called me sometime later and that’s when I found out that her husband was the President and she was the Executive Assistant.

“So she asked me to take her around town to get a photocopying machine and asked me to be their local transport to take her whaling people to and from the airport and also to organise for a cocktail party she was having for the guests, so I did all of that. I was so proud of the letter that she wrote to the Management of the Marriott,” said Arthurton.

He imparted words of advice to his fellow taxi drivers.

“I would like to tell my colleagues that no matter who you are driving, you must always be courteous because you may not know whose company you are in. From this experience I also learnt that I must be careful how I treat my customers,” said Arthurton.

The IWMC World Conservation Trust was among the many pro-whaling and anti-whaling groups that came to St. Kitts to participate in the 58th meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) that ran from 16 to 20 June at the Marriott Resort.

It seems that the IWMC may have left a better impression on the locals than some other organizations in attendance.

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