(By Mondale Smith)
On Sunday, as has been the case for 10 years, several mothers were honoured at the Pegasus when the Bernice Mansell Foundation paid homage to mothers for their role in nurturing, educating, comforting, moulding and encouraging their children and those of others with devotion, dedication and sacrifice that only a mother can give.
Following some sterling tributes from their children, those who received special gift baskets and trophies included Dr Karen Lesley-Boyle, Martha Cheong-Gonsalves, Gladys Elaine December, Marva Andrena Edwards, Sandra Fernandes, Nafleen Zaban-Phillips, Elizabeth Mary Xavier and Vester Yearwood.
“Explaining the reason why the lot were honoured, Ms Mansell said that as individuals, people need to know that someone feels love for us …that we belong to someone and that we are not alone.” She stated, too, that one should “give your mother cause to delight and, let her who bore you rejoice.”
Doctor Lesley-Boyle, though a professional woman, manages to excel as a dear and loving mother of three and yet find time to perform duties as the President of the Inner Wheel Club of Georgetown Central.
Martha Cheong-Gonsalves, 77, was honoured for her work as mother figure to students from Regions One, Seven, Eight and Nine while taking care of her own children. Some of her wards have attained great heights and have won acclaim. One of them is Ignatius Adams designer of the $10 coin.
Even at her age she is still offering guardianship to hinterland students yet she finds time for her ten grandchildren and four great grands.
Marva Andrena Edwards, a mother of three, has been a medic for more than thirty years at health centres and hospitals in three counties caring for thousands yet never shirking her responsibility as a mother.
This nurse began her career in 1978 at the New Amsterdam School of Nursing as a practical nurse and from 1983 served as a Nurse/Midwife who delivered scores of babies.
Gladys December is a mother of six who is celebrated daily for instilling strong Christian values in her children and all others who came into contact with her.
As a committed church woman and wife of a priest, she was actively involved in the Anglican Mothers’ Union. She offered stewardship to the youths of all the parishes where her husband presided over as priest.
A gifted cook that fed many mouths beyond the walls of family she also served as a more sought after seamstress in hey hay days. She now resides in Canada where many seek her motherly wisdom.
Nafleen Phillips, a wife and mother of five, is also a grandmother of nine and a very community-oriented mother, who often left herself undone so that those around her could achieve their fullest potential. She’s currently on the Region Three gender affairs committee and also is an active member of the child protection services group.
Saundra Fernandes, a mother of five and grandmother of four, is a stickler for values but yet has probably the biggest heart with a strong faith in God. She is dubbed by some as the mother they wish they had for her ever caring attitude and is not afraid to discipline and love with the same measure.
Her belief in making things work leads her to become a member of the Marriage Encounter Movement and is ever willing to offer assistance to the sick and less fortunate.
Elizabeth Xavier is a mother of eleven and a proud grandmother whose love for family is unconditional. Her kindness extends beyond family to many that were too numerous to mention.
Vester Yearwood, a mother of three, is hailed for not just caring and rearing her own but countless others.
She holds many posts in the Region Three community including one that ensures security for the community and another that promotes education for youths and yet another that helps women.
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