By Ken Carroll
Continuing the development of neighborhood programs and community-building, Crown Haven’s Urban Renewal Center pushes forward with their clean-up campaign. The “Cleanliness Next to Godliness” group (CNG), was formed earlier this year to keep the small North Abaco community free of trash.
On April 27 “Cleanliness Next to Godliness” formed its executive board and elected Gwendolyn Bain as President of the group. So far she has shown great strength.
The election was held at Nettie’s Restaurant.
Addressing those who attended the meeting she informed them in a small, but distinctive voice, her plans for the area. She stressed that it takes each of them in the community to work diligently as a team, as this is the only way this Northern settlement of Abaco will be moved to the next level. The newly elected President also noted that she is more than pleased in partnering with the Urban Renewal 2.0 Crown Haven Community Center as the program continues to once again extend its operations to this small, but unique settlement.
In closing she thanked those persons from the community who volunteered their services and contributions to make it happen. She reminded those persons that Urban Renewal 2.0 Crown Haven Community Center Manager Bishop Carroll and staff have worked in a harmonious way towards establishing national pride in each settlement Little Abaco.
On Saturday May 24, 2014 the newly elected board of CNG Cedar Harbor took their appointment seriously as they began cleanup work.
Two of the area’s youths, Mario Jr. and Dario Bootle, and two primary school students of Fox Town Primary School came and joined in with the team of volunteers, as they cleaned up the side of the road by cutting and trimming away the trees that were obstructing the road view along the Cedar Harbor Cemetery.
In an interview with the President, Ms. Bain, short in stature but big at heart, pointed out that this has always been one of the many goals that they wished to accomplished. And in the not so distance future they will be helping their seniors in the area also by doing some fundraising events to assist in purchasing heavy duty equipment to do some of the trimming of trees in and around senior citizens’ yards.
Working towards community togetherness is as an integral part of development, the Urban Renewal Center Manager, Bishop Ken Carroll, said. “This is a code of principles, which is the main focus of the mission statement of the Urban Renewal 2.0 Crown Haven Community Center – Buidling Stronger Communities by Transforming Lives”
He continued, “In a small way, in depicting togetherness, [it] brings solutions to many of the challenges that affect these small settlements.”
He is pleased to announce the many others are joining hands to bring a change to its areas in the Northern Region of Abaco. Former Local Government Representative and Public Relations Officer, Mr. Pete Russell, said that the understanding of all those who applaud the joint effort can see the vision and make a difference. “Displaying the gift of love to each other,” he said, “will make the work easier.”
Others who were in agreement stressed that they are quite happy to be a part of this great work, as this is the type of structural development that is so badly needed which will set down the foundation of positive goals for others to follow.