Once again it is Emancipation season. It is once more the season of introspections, reflections of sorts, of reminiscing, and above all cultural and festive activities for people of African descent. We are going to remind ourselves that another year has gone and we have (or have not) made significant dent in the armour of self- doubt, or enhancing our education and economic fortunes, despite our best efforts.
In all of this, nevertheless we derive comfort in the fact that there are countless men and women both young and old who work tirelessly to make changes in the lives of citizens in their communities.
We are also reminded of the sheer consistency of purpose and determination that made our forefathers (the freed slaves) succeed in the daunting task of community building and sustenance, by the purchasing of their own villages. Fortunately, because of these sacrifices, we are better of generations later, notwithstanding the challenges that confront us as we set about the task of moving our villages from one stage to another.
In this process we learn lessons that prepare us and make us stronger, better and prepared for the task ahead. For this particular reason, I wish to acknowledge the sacrifices, dedication, very hard and thankless work performed by a group of persons who are determined to make a difference to our sometimes fractured lives in this community of Buxton/Friendship. Those who immediately come to mind are, Sisters Yvette Herod, Nandi Tyrel, Barbara Thomas- Holder, Merceline Moses, Brenda Huntley, Waveney Yaw, Ingrid Nelson, Saudia Edghill, the Seaforth sisters, Bros. Lester Andries, Kidackie Amsterdam and Deon Abrams, and others too numerous to mention.
The committee for the restoration of Buxton on Sunday the 27th of June, held a simple ceremony, at the spanking and spacious new building, the Tiperary Hall of Buxton, recognizing through various awards, and an inductance ceremony the contributions of some outstanding Buxtonians, in the field of sports, medicine, community development to name a few of the categories. It therefore gives me great pleasure to extend our warmest accolades to Sis.
Barbara Thomas- Holder and her entire team of selfless hard working committee members. It would be remiss of me if I did not let them know that along with all of the citizens of the twin villages of Buxton/Friendship, thank you most dearly for such a gesture. It is not the big things, but the little things that matters.
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