On Wednesday, March 19, Pastor Symonette officiated a short ceremony dedicated to the memory of the late Ricky Johnson: a Park Ranger, a Nature Tour Guide and an avid bird watcher who passed away last year.
Pastor Symonette had coordinated the ceremony with a group of five graders from King’s Way Academy (in Nassau) staying at the camp. It is an annual retreat for the students of the academy who spend five days discovering points of interest on Abaco, while enjoying the natural surroundings of the camp.
Ranger Ricky Johnson often attended to the Academy’s children, taking them on trails while telling them about the flora and fauna of the island.
“He had worked intensely with Camp Abaco”, explained Pastor Symonette.
For that reason, a trail close to the camp was named after him and dedicated to him by a sign placed at the entrance of the trail.
On Wednesday morning, the entire visiting group from Nassau, led by the Park Ranger who replaced him- Tanique Pratt-Brutus- was driven by bus by Bro. James to the site.
There they gathered by the sign which was uncovered by King’s Way Academy Vice-Principal, Ms. Chandra Manns and a chaperon, Mrs. Tammy Coakley.
Pastor Symonette pronounced a short invocation, thanking Ricky Johnson for the legacy of knowledge he had left with many people, children and adults, locals and tourists alike.
Following the ceremony, the children followed Ranger Pratt-Brutus to the trail to learn about trees, flowers and birds.