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Poor Beginnings: 'Many a day we existed on rice & vienna sausage'- Lorna G. Smith

-Former First Lady recalls life of struggle growing up in Anguilla & moving to VI
Detailing a life a struggle and difficulty as a young child, Independent At-Large Candidate and former First Lady of the Virgin Islands (VI) Ms Lorna G. Smith says many people in the territory know little about her early beginnings. Photo: Cut Deep/Facebook
Mrs Smith in a March 21, 2023, edition of ‘Cut Deep’ said while in Anguilla she started school without shoes and described herself as poor and coming from humble beginnings, before arriving in the VI at around 7-year-old with her mother where the plight continued. Photo: Facebook
Mrs Smith in a March 21, 2023, edition of ‘Cut Deep’ said while in Anguilla she started school without shoes and described herself as poor and coming from humble beginnings, before arriving in the VI at around 7-year-old with her mother where the plight continued. Photo: Facebook
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Detailing a poverty-stricken life of hardship as a young child, National Democratic Party (NDP) At-Large Candidate and former First Lady of the Virgin Islands (VI), Ms Lorna G. Smith, OBE, says many in the Virgin Islands (VI) know little about her poor upbringing.

Mrs Smith in a March 21, 2023, edition of ‘Cut Deep’ said while in Anguilla she started school without shoes and described herself as coming from humble beginnings, before arriving in the VI at around 7 years old with her mother where the plight continued.

“I am very grateful for what my mother was able to do for us, she worked three, something four jobs including ironing at 2 & three in the morning for people,” she detailed.

“Many a day we existed on rice and vienna sausage, that's where I come from, that’s who I am,” Ms Smith added. 

The former First Lady said her working-class mother however, always instilled in the family the importance of education and saw education as the way out.

“A lot of people don’t know that I came from those beginnings, and I am so grateful that I was able to get the kind of education that I got.” 

Education a way out - Mrs Smith 

Meanwhile, Mrs Smith said by taking the values of her mother she went on to attend the University of the West Indies and said her early beginnings represented who she is and her foundation as a person.

“I have built on it, I have worked hard for the British Virgin Islands, all my life I have worked for the British Virgin Islands in Various capacities!" she reiterated.

Mrs Smith also indicated she has a BSc in International Relations and credited herself as the one who advised past governments to increase the territory's footprint beyond the VI, along with sharing a vision for the opening of a local college in the VI.

This she said resulted in the creation of the local H. Lavity Stoutt Community College along with the opening of the BVI London and Hong Kong offices, which she said represented the basis for growth of the VI’s financial services sector. 

Mrs Smith who also served as the Director of BVI Finance until her retirement in 2019, said she remains passionate about the VI and to see the territory and its people at its best.

46 Responses to “Poor Beginnings: 'Many a day we existed on rice & vienna sausage'- Lorna G. Smith”

  • BVI Finance (25/03/2023, 17:19) Like (57) Dislike (15) Reply
    These old guards of victimization pulling all the stops to get we votes... the answer is NO.
    • Here we go.. (25/03/2023, 18:18) Like (51) Dislike (8) Reply
      She just cant stand being out of the spotlight. Not my vote. Do a little gardening.
      • Reality check (26/03/2023, 10:59) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
        I'm from the generation after lorna. Many a days we had vienna sausage and rice and it never occurred to us to feel sorry for ourselves. It was, what it was. Those were some good days.
    • CAMPAIGNING SHOULD BE NO LESS THAN 90 DAYS FROM ELECTION DATE (25/03/2023, 19:21) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
      There SHOULD BE A LAW in place that the ELECTION date is a SET DATE and campaigning must be no less than 90 days after dissolution of the HOA.

      Currently this is FOOLISHNESS:

      Section 86 of the Virgin Islands Constitution Order 2007 states, “a general election shall be held at such time within two months, but not earlier than twenty-one days, of the dissolution of the House of Assembly as the Governor shall appoint by proclamation published in the Gazette”. The House of Assembly was dissolved on March 10, 2023.
    • worry (26/03/2023, 05:44) Like (18) Dislike (0) Reply
      Our problem is nobody standing
      has any intention to break the
      way we always do things. They all
      will look after their friends and
      family. No integrity, no vision
      beyond protecting their own finances.
      • @Worry (26/03/2023, 14:52) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
        You are correct. If they had real integrity, all of them would be saying that they are not interested in party, and will work with who the people vote in to represent the territory. They wouldn’t wait to see who is elected then ditch the party to align with the members they are really loyal to. Some are truly looking for a new gold star or notch on their belt of accomplishments. We won’t even talk about those who want the opportunity to boast that outsiders are who build up the BVI and not those that are born in the BVI. Open your ears and hear.

        One does not need to be a part of government to lead the community, initiate dynamic programs to meet community needs, mentor and educate youth about government, economics, entrepreneurship and money management. Many are attracted to the power of being the one a territory has to rely on to make decisions, grant permission and flash influence and affluence. Open your eyes and see.
    • Madussa (26/03/2023, 08:18) Like (19) Dislike (4) Reply

      Cindy looks wh****ish. Bra marks showing and breasts hanging low. She should have really put on a bra. That is no way to dress for a serious matter being discussed and she does have children. So embarrassing this woman wants attention so badly. Mrs. Smith stated they had rice and Vienna sausages, well my parents said all they had every day to fill their bellies was oatmeal, so Mrs. Smith had it good. Most of us came from humble beginnings so stop the violin playing. What is important now is where we go from here. We are all grown-ups now so stop playing around and get serious. Talk about how we can bring the BVI forward.

      • Reall (27/03/2023, 21:09) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        You need to stop your shirt about the woman dressing , let's bold each other up no brake down.
  • Lorna (25/03/2023, 17:25) Like (75) Dislike (2) Reply
    Some of us still can't afford nothing but rice and Vienna sausage all now. Please please can we hear recommendations and solutions on moving our beautiful BVI forward.
  • Bright Soul (25/03/2023, 17:40) Like (29) Dislike (40) Reply
  • POSSIBLE WINNERS (25/03/2023, 17:51) Like (12) Dislike (53) Reply
    We need stable hands in our next house of assembly....DAWSON, MITCH, FRASER, SANDY, KYE, MYRON, SOWONDE, MARLON, SHEREEN.....LORNA, RONNIE, SHEEP, DAVIES
  • ... (25/03/2023, 17:52) Like (18) Dislike (40) Reply
    she has my vote
  • Political analyst (25/03/2023, 18:05) Like (21) Dislike (0) Reply
    Indeed, no one can doubt that you came from humble beginnings, starting in Anguilla. As in Anguilla, many in the Silent Generation, Baby Boomer Generation, etc, in the BVI can also relate to your humble beginnings and can relate to your experiences in the BVI. Thumbs up to Ms. Geneva for all her hard work and sacrifices, and the vision she had for children, seeing education as the way forward and out. However, the younger Millennium Generation (Gen Y), Gen Z, etc may not be intimately familiar with your humble beginnings and see you in a different light as an elitist and other things. In politics, it is challenging to move the electorate from a view that they have had for a long time. It is not insurmountable but it will take diligent hard work and perseverance to peal off voters on the outer bands from their long held beliefs. A certain sector of the electorate rightly or wrongly see you as an elitist not from the poor, working class from humble beginnings. There is less than 30 days to Election Day to try and shed that label. It is going to take more than Education and work resumes to shed that label. Some serious retail politics must come into play. As noted earlier, in politics, it is challenging to move people from long held beliefs.
  • Real Talk (25/03/2023, 18:13) Like (15) Dislike (1) Reply
    That was a great meal!! I had that I was in ting.
  • Mary (25/03/2023, 19:11) Like (21) Dislike (15) Reply
    Those of us who knows Lorna are aware that she is a real woman . Very knowledgeable. She will assist in placing the BVI in a respectable position. That is now seriously missing. When we vote this election we must assess each candidate to see their ability not because we dont like them. Lorna has my vote.
    • Center Stage (26/03/2023, 15:03) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
      Marty of us who know Lorna, know that she’s not happy unless she’s center stage. She will assist in self-promoting and helping herself be in a respectable position. Talk does not equate to action. Lorna does not have my vote.
  • Lb (25/03/2023, 20:17) Like (21) Dislike (11) Reply
    Seriously!?? Lorna talking about the 1960s seriously? This is exactly why I can’t vote for her. So out of touch she is!
    • SHAME (26/03/2023, 15:05) Like (11) Dislike (2) Reply
      Now she wears $13,000 dresses and has no problem bragging about how much it costs.
  • c (25/03/2023, 20:50) Like (27) Dislike (6) Reply
    Just because you were poor does not make you qualified.
  • zee (25/03/2023, 21:07) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    The horse racing man would not get my vote. He is too arrogant and abusive . He treats his workers as slaves.
  • yes Lorna (25/03/2023, 21:08) Like (13) Dislike (16) Reply
    A vote for Lorna is a good vote. Time to turn things around here.
  • Born BVI Lander (25/03/2023, 21:20) Like (24) Dislike (6) Reply
    Lorna u need 2 stop it u r no longer eating Rice and Vienna Sausage. U r a wealthy woman u and u family. STOP trying 2 fool ppl gosh man!.
  • WOW (25/03/2023, 21:55) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    There is nothing wrong eating like we do say sausage and rice nothing that a good meal . So what is your point
  • tola (25/03/2023, 22:01) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply
    People here still eating that as dinner macaroni and stew vieann sausage.
  • Undercover Observer., (25/03/2023, 23:08) Like (14) Dislike (3) Reply
    She is seemingly desperate and looking for sympathy votes. This campaign is about charting a new course for the BVI, not one’s socioeconomic journey. Nuff people have had poor upbringing, ie, no shoes, 1 suit , limited choices in food, no transportation, limited educations opportunities, limited to no job prospects, etc, etc. let’s keep the campaign about governing, infrastructure, education, health, social services, cost of living improvements;, economic strengthening, deepening and diversification; arresting crime, self/determination, environmental protection,,promoting sports, entertainment, history, heritage; and arts, addressing retirement pension plan unfunded liability, bloated civil service, etc. Candidates should proposed specific projects for addressing these issues with how they will be funded and timeline for completion. Too much generalities in the campaign.
  • Sowande again.. (25/03/2023, 23:59) Like (28) Dislike (6) Reply
    You should have stayed independent.. Now I am always blogging that this race is about 2 people, Ronnie and Sowande, Every week as more and more info comes out my voting change. Last month I had Ronnie as my Premier, Now I truly believe Sowande is the better one for Premier.. I truly believe Sowande will fix that greedy bill old and new, I do believe Sowande is more focus now and more serious about solving BVI issues... of course, he is bright, he is well spoken and he is honest...
  • vip (26/03/2023, 00:55) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    How she did not her husband or brother what she from stout or O’Neal all the years they in power
  • holy ghost (26/03/2023, 01:07) Like (1) Dislike (5) Reply
    At this day and age and costog living gone so high u cant just live off of sausage and rice. Ridiculos. Pay the civil servant and raise the people pay. You greedy people is because of you the country goi g down hill. Ehland should just take over and enslave everybody. This people worst than the slave masters. Jusy greedy.
    • Sambo (26/03/2023, 10:48) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      Clearly,,you are not just sipping on the inferiority kool aid you gulping from the jug. You have bought hook, line and sinker colonialists convenience divine will, natural laws,,survival of the fittest social Darwinism white Supremacy mantra and lie. You truly cannot be equating Slavery with the current condition in the BVI. Seem as if you are suffering from the Stockholm Syndrome. Get a little pride in who you are..
  • lmao (26/03/2023, 01:25) Like (12) Dislike (6) Reply
    Poor beginning almost 100 years ago??????? Gtfoh
  • old fart (26/03/2023, 08:47) Like (9) Dislike (7) Reply
    The bvi looks like Anguilla? Your husband is from here not you.
    • ?? (26/03/2023, 14:49) Like (11) Dislike (3) Reply
      Your remark is disrespectful and the label you gave her. She did good work for this Territory including against the EU. Shame on you. I am a generational Bvislander and believe in giving kudos to those who work with us at the ploughshare. Stop the rudeness!
  • You missing the message!!! (26/03/2023, 09:44) Like (4) Dislike (5) Reply
    To Residents!!!! Pls look at this story as a positive light of encouragement Eventhough Lorna is not a Virgin Islander by birth but through perseverance which enabled
    her to become an ambassador for these Beautiful Virgin Islands she truly calls home.
    • @You missing the message !!! (26/03/2023, 11:05) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
      @You missing the message!!!, hold up, the issue is not her place of Birth—Anguilla—or her educational and social progress. The issue is the image many voters have of her. She climbed the ladder and forget about the people pass on the way up, joining the Big shots, elites, etc. That was her choice. Problem now is she want to climb down the ladder to get help to climb up the ladder farther. However, she needs the help of the people past on the way up and seem to have forgotten. She is not the only candidate/resident of the BVI with that dilemma. Nuff people some of whom passed on have/had the education, knowledge , talent, experience, etc, but their chosen social status, attitude, behavior, etc kept them from breaking through and getting elected. Some are puzzled, for they think they have check all the right boxes and wondering why lesser beings can get elected. Problem they have forgotten about the many who have the votes; the few only have a few votes.
  • lil man (26/03/2023, 11:46) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    My fellow lil man, you are the many with many votes and the few only have a few votes. They currently run things though, having bamboozled us all these years. Lil Man, let’s unite and make our votes count. Let’s vote for real people who have a true interest in our interest. In pass election, they made all kinds of promises but little or nothing happened. It was old overpromise and underdeliver trick. We have been falling for that trick since 1967 with the tool out of ministerial system. Enough is enough, so let’s roll to the poll and show our strength and make our voices heard. Let’s go out to the campaigns as many as you can, ask questions, and get questions answered and bail down commitments which we should put in longterm memory bank. On trail, if you hear nonsense, foolery, etc, fire it in File 13–the thrash can. Columbus and other European fooled the natives with worthless trinket. Let not fall fir trick from political candidates. Vote, vote, vote!!! Voting matters and election has consequences with the Victor go the spoils.
  • rattie (26/03/2023, 11:51) Like (2) Dislike (5) Reply
    We giving Lorna a crack at it
  • Forbidden Truth (26/03/2023, 12:04) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Vienna sausage an white rice still taste good. What's her beef?
  • 13 grand dress (26/03/2023, 20:42) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    What? Hmm lots of mouths could have fed........
  • Ne Timeas (27/03/2023, 08:17) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Lorna like many other Virgin Islanders started life’s journey dirt poor. Some of those Virgin Islanders transitioned from the poor/working class to middle class to the upper class. Ms. Smith transitioned to the upper class, joining the nobility, the class-conscious sector of the BVI society. By choice, she became part of that ‘blue-blooded’ class, separating and disconnecting from the lower class and breathing the rarified air of the upper crust. Life choices are not without consequences. Lorna’s challenge now is convincing the doubtful ‘Lil Man’ that she is down with them got their interest. The question is does she have the backs and interests of the ‘Lil Man’ or it is all an act, pretense, the customary political ploy of promising any and every thing and rarely deliver??? Did Lorna like nuff other candidates got out of the blocks perhaps too late and now has little precious time to do important work of concluding the campaign, the interview? Was it a good strategy to start the campaign this late, ie, less time the fewer questions needed to be answered??? Candidates should never afrsid to take tough probing questions from voters.
  • balsam (27/03/2023, 09:22) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    the shade mrs smith throwing at sindy in the second picture

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