By Ken Carroll
July 15, 2014, marks one year since the Urban Renewal 2.0 Crown Haven Community Center opened its doors. Deputy Director Michelle Reckley, and a contingent from the Urban Renewal 2.0 Center Office – Freeport, Grand Bahama (Omes Lightbourne, Kylon Vincent and Anthony Vega) paid a courtesy call on the North Abaco center to evaluate the work of those employed at the center.
Arriving at the ferry dock, The Deputy Director and her team were greeted by Urban Renewal Crown Haven Community Center manager – Bishop Ken Carroll and the recording office clerk – Ellamae Russell. Also present was the president of the Clean Up Committee (Cleanliness Next to Godliness) of Cedar Harbour – Gwendolyn Bain, Local Government Chairperson of North Abaco – Sandralee Parker, Police Officer – Corporal Garvin Mackey, Senior Pastor – Ezekiel McIntosh of Wood Cay and Annamae Russell of Crown Haven.
Many others also came out to welcome Mrs. Reckley and team to the island.
The highlight of her visit was delivering the funds and some materials to contractor, Mr. Calvin Parker, who has been assigned to renovate the building that Urban Renewal 2.0 is now in. Mrs. Reckley was able to meet the contractor and spoke with him in person, giving him specific instructions and the time limit she wanted the building completed in.
He was given the okay to start immediately. Today the work is in progress as the funding was distributed to start the work.
During her visit to Crown Haven she was able to view some of the programs that have been started, such as the Crown Haven Clean up Committee. She also met with a few other residents such as Senior Pastor Ezekiel McIntosh of Wood Cay and Ms. Annamae Russell – one of the most senior residents of Crown Haven.
Also within the time, Mrs. Reckley was able to speak briefly to the newly elected Chairman of Local Government – Sandralee Parker, and the President of Urban Renewal- Cedar Harbour Clean up Committee, Gwendolyn Bain, enlightening them more of the program and what it consists of.
She also met with some of the men of The Men’s Fellowship of Zion Baptist Church in Fox Town, one of Urban Renewal’s partnering churches. They were all elated to speak with her. An hour later she was joined by two of Dundas Town Urban Renewal 2.0 Community Staff – Mrs. Ernestine Albury and Mrs. Sandy Bootle.
During the remainder of their time at the Center, Mrs. Reckley stressed how very impressed and pleased they were as to how the red carpet was rolled out for them. Bishop Carroll – Center Manager – pointed out, saying, “This is what we are all about, putting people first and making them feel at home, as we at the Centre were happy to have them during our Urban Renewal 2.0, one year anniversary.”