Government Recognizes Outstanding Older Persons

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Awardees and representatives at the Nations Builders Awards Ceremony on Monday October 29 2007 at Sandals Royal Bahamian Resort, Cable Beach (BIS Photo: Derek Smith)

By: Gena Gibbs

NASSAU, Bahamas – In a celebration marking the end of Older Person’s Month, the Ministry of Health and Social Development recognized outstanding senior citizens at the 10th Annual Nation Builders Award Ceremony held at the Sandals Resort Monday.

The Ministry recognised the contribution to nation building of 10 outstanding Bahamian older persons.

Praising the honourees, Minister of State for Social Development the Hon. Loretta Butler-Turner said, “They have worked very diligently as parents, spouses, advice givers and law abiding members of their communities and society at large”.

Minister of Health and Social Development the Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis also addressed the seniors and congratulated the 10 honourees and their families. He acknowledged the difficulties they endured, particularly those living in the Family Islands.

Minister Minnis said, “One of the greatest satisfactions in life is the ability to look back on one’s life and say with confidence, ‘I did my best’ and I am sure that this is what our honourees are saying today.”

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Minister of Health and Social Development Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis, second from left, opens the Nation’s Builders Awards Ceremony on Monday October 29 2007 at Sandals Royal Bahamian Resort, Cable Beach. From left are Mrs Vylma Thompson-Curling, Co-Chairperson of the National Council on Older Persons, Dr. Hubert Minnis, Mrs. Barbra Burrows, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health and Social Development and Minister of State for Social Development, the Hon. Loretta Butler-Turner. (BIS Photo: Derek Smith)