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Grenada still needs us- Grenadians living in VI told

- VI based Grenadian community celebrates home country's 39th Independence Anniversary
Grenadians celebrated the country's 39th Independence Anniversary at a simple but yet impressive ceremony at the Fort Burt Hotel, Drake Point, on February 7, 2013. Photo: Team of Reporters
The keynote address was given by Grenadian and High Court Judge residing and serving in the Virgin Islands, Justice Albert Redhead. He spent his time reflecting on the history of Grenada and the need for those Grenadians in the Virgin Islands to form a vibrant association. Photo: Team of Reporters
The keynote address was given by Grenadian and High Court Judge residing and serving in the Virgin Islands, Justice Albert Redhead. He spent his time reflecting on the history of Grenada and the need for those Grenadians in the Virgin Islands to form a vibrant association. Photo: Team of Reporters
In her brief remarks at the ceremony Ms Beverly Lewis, a Radio Announcer at ZBVI Radio, challenged her fellow countrymen and women to be true ambassadors of their homeland,
In her brief remarks at the ceremony Ms Beverly Lewis, a Radio Announcer at ZBVI Radio, challenged her fellow countrymen and women to be true ambassadors of their homeland, "So that when we are referred to in these islands, it is for something that we would all be proud of."
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - "All of us who are residents here in the BVI and positively contributing to the growth of this beautiful Territory, I applaud you and encourage that we strive to be responsible members of this community at all times," said President of the Association of Grenadians residing in the Virgin Islands Ms Beverly Lewis on the occasion of the 39th Independence Anniversary of Grenada.

Grenadians celebrated the anniversary at a simple but yet impressive ceremony at the Fort Burt Hotel, Drake Point, on February 7, 2013. They were supported by a few friends from other Caribbean countries including the President of the Guyanese Association Mr Marvin Grant, Vincentians, Trinidadians, among others.

In her brief remarks at the ceremony Ms Lewis, a Radio announcer at ZBVI Radio, challenged her fellow countrymen and women to be true ambassadors of their homeland, "So that when we are referred to in these islands, it is for something that we would all be proud of.

She urged Grenadians to reflect on who they are as a people, where they came from, and to where they ought to be. "Remember, though we are not there, Grenada still needs us. I feel it is also our duty to give back to our beautiful spice isle and make our mark in her development," she added.

A call was also issued by Ms Lewis for her fellow Grenadians to put aside their differences and unite as one. She said that together as an association they can achieve great things by meeting their goal of making a positive difference in Grenada and the Virgin Islands. She spoke of the dream to see the establishment of a benevolent fund to assist members in times of need as well as to give back to the Virgin Islands community. 

"It is also hoped that an occasion like this would be the first of many more to come, so that we could socialise and have more fellowship with each other," said Ms Lewis.

The keynote address was given by Grenadian and High Court Judge residing and serving in the Virgin Islands, Justice Albert Redhead. He spent his time reflecting on the history of Grenada and the need for those Grenadians in the Virgin Islands to form a vibrant association.

The silence of the night was broken when Mr Redhead touched on the politics of his native land. "The present Prime Minister is Tilman Thomas leader of the National Democratic council (NDC). General elections are due in Grenada on the 19th of February, 12 days from today's date. It is widely expected that the former Prime Minister, Mitchell's party the New National Party (NNP), will form the next government."

That said by Justice Redhead, it was no secret that there was a divide as it related to party of choice. This formed a healthy and even humorous discourse while toasts were moved and persons mingled and danced the night away.

Toasts were also moved to the Government and people of the VI for accommodating Grenadians in the Territory and allowing them to contribute to its development.

15 Responses to “Grenada still needs us- Grenadians living in VI told”

  • Tola Girl (08/02/2013, 16:38) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Every dam body got an association except we shame!
    • @ tola girl (08/02/2013, 20:11) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      How many times do we have to here this?
    • rose (10/02/2013, 08:55) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Form one. Just dont comment about who have. What are you doing? The Virgin Islanders have associations in abroad. Stop being so critical. Every country have an association: Russians, Polish, German, French, you name it. We need one to address issues and concerns in our country.
  • Me Too (08/02/2013, 16:55) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Hola to all the Grenadians living in the BVI.God bless and may His will be done in the elections come Feb. 19th.
  • ccc (08/02/2013, 17:09) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I wonder if you all going home to vote out the current government?
  • No (08/02/2013, 18:48) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    No we don't have the new ID card so we can't do either
  • paul on the ball (08/02/2013, 23:44) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Happy birthday to all grenadans
  • dis and dat (09/02/2013, 00:04) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    If Tilman seeing for the good of grenadians wherever they may be put him right back in but if he following him good buddy Duggie of SKB then get rid ah he. Me hear all a dem a work one head
  • dis and dat (09/02/2013, 10:05) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I believe in free and fair election yes to democracy process not individuals trying to hold on to powers by any means and not adding list of voters in areas where they do not belong or live for the matter of fact. This is an appeal going out to both the ruling gov't and the opposition to refrain from doing so as time will surely tell
  • shock (09/02/2013, 17:20) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I thought it was Grenada, Carriacou & Petit Martinique? As far as I know people from these other two islands mentioned are holders of a Grenada passport. There are quite a few people living in the BVI for many years from Carriacou. Are they welcome to join your association if interested, or is it strictly for Grenadians? A response would be greatly appreciated. Thank You
    • Mike (15/02/2013, 15:20) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      The state of Grenada includes Carriacou and Petite Martinique. Have you read the constitution? It speaks of the State of Grenada. So don't try to make an issue of this. Until the Constitution is changed when someone refers to Grenada it also speaks of Carriacou and Petite Martinique.
  • boy (09/02/2013, 22:57) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ayo dont send home all the money now......leave back a lil bit here
  • Response (11/02/2013, 12:25) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    This Association is open to people from Grenada, Carriacou and Petit Martinique, we are all Grenadians aren't we
    There's a meeting on Feb 23rd 6:30pm at the Department of Youth Affairs and Sports

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