The Reunion idea originated in Montreal with its founder Mrs. Faustina France-Carbonneau and the executive body of the St. Kitts-Nevis & Anguilla Association of Montreal in 1983. After contacting other Nationals at home and abroad, it was agreed that the idea had generated sufficient interest in putting together the first ever reunion of Nationals of St. Kitts-Nevis & Anguilla.
In May of 1984, this dream was realized with Montreal as host city. The aims and objectives established were:
- To establish and rekindle old alliances
- To strenghten the bonds of friendship and brotherhood
- To participate in various social activities, discuss matters of mutual interest, including issues of economic development
- To remain connected by our communal heritage, our history and cultural legacy
- To promote greater international awareness of Anguilla, Nevis and St. Kitts
In July 1988, the reunion was held in Basseterre, St. Kitts with the Local Chapter as host. At this gathering, the guidelines were drafted and passed. These included the following:
- A committee called the "ANSAR Secretariat" to ensure community of reunions
- To provide a cultural forum and contact point worldwide, reaching as many nationals as possible
- To maintain the spirit of "Operation Home" to be as follows: Each Association/Group in the period between reunions and undertake a project which shall benefit the homeland, which will be announced at each general session
- The former host will announce its contribution to each island
When the Reunion started, they were held annually, but in 1988, the decision was made to hold them bi-annually. In the years 1996-1998 there were plans to have a Reunion in the Virgin Islands, but the series of hurricanes prevented those plans from coming to fruition.