On Nov. 29, Gary Smith, Chief Councillor of the North Abaco District welcomed distinguished guests to the opening and dedication of the Cooper’s Town Library and Computer Lab.
Smith acknowledged Steve Pedican, former chief councillor, and former chairmen of the Cooper’s Town Committee- Basil Edgecombe, and Eric Collie – along with present chairman Garneth Edgecombe for the work and financial support they put into the facility over a nine-year period.
Pedican recounted the arduous journey, but like his colleagues was pleased that the library and computer lab can be used as a study center for research and home-work for both school-aged students and working adults.
Equally, Garneth Edgecombe expressed his gratitude in having such great leaders in the community as he urged the students to be proud of what they have accomplished. He said the road was not easy, but they stayed focused and are happy that they have opened a state-of-the art facility that all communities can take advantage of.
Neil Campbell, North Abaco District Administrator, commended the men on fulfilling the mandate of Local Government. He read a letter on behalf of former Administrator Theophilus Cox, who congratulated the community on its untiring efforts to complete the “magnificent structure.”
Renardo Curry, MP for North Abaco, was also called on to make remarks. Curry said he was pleased to celebrate such an historic milestone because he is an advocate of education and envisions that there will now be opportunities for adults in the community to obtain their degrees online.
Keynote speaker, the Hon. V. Alfred Gray, Minister for Agriculture, Marine Resources and Local Government, called it a “whale-sized pleasure” to be in Cooper’s Town for the momentous occasion. He, too, thanked students and parents who will use the facility for the betterment of themselves. He reminded the audience to always thank the people who helped them to get to where they are, and advised the older councilors to always ensure that those who come behind them have better opportunities.
“This is going to be a trendsetter,” Gray said of the Cooper’s Town Library and Computer Lab. “This is our country; let’s build it together.”
Rev. Archilaus Cooper led the dedication of the building, while the cutting of the ribbons for the main entrance, library and computer lab were performed by Destiny Russell; Niquesha Bootle; and Jaquay Sands, respectively.