On March 21 the Sandy Point community joined together to honour seven people who have made an impact and improved the South Abaco settlement. Preston Roberts (Sandy Point Township Member) was Master of Ceremonies for the event which was held shortly after three at the Sandy Point Airport.
A plaque and “Wall of Heroes” was unveiled at the location after the ceremony.
The seven honourees were: Benjamin Pinder, Annie Green, Lottie Pinder, Napoleon Roberts, Fredrick Russell, James Green and Tiffany Williams.
Each honouree was representative of a specific category. They were awarded for, respectively: Boat Building / Fishing, Education, Health Care, Religion, Sports (both Mr. Russell and Mr. Green), and Youth.
Mr. Roberts, M.C., noted that these people have had a positive economic boost on Sandy Point and that people coming to the settlement looking for history and heritage look to these people.
The opening Prayer was brought by Jason Roberts and a scripture reading by Laurestine Fox. Florence Burrows brought the welcome address.
Santonio Bain performed a solo dedicated to the heroes, singing “The Wind Beneath my Wings.”
Sandy Point Township Chairman, Arthur Lightbourne, brought remarks. He said this was the first Heroes’ Celebration for the community but the Township plans to do one at least every three to five years. Mr. Lightbourne recognized the heroes who “Paved the way in our community.” He also reflected that “One time ago, Sandy Point used to be united,” he was confident that it could be again. Following up on that he announced a community clean-up campaign.
Also bringing remarks was the Island Administrator for the South Abaco District, Lavon Harris-Smith. She thanked the event organizers saying that the seven were more than worthy of the heroes induction.
Two James A. Pinder Primary School students performed a dance selection. Dressed in the colours of the Bahamian flag, their practice and rehearsal showed. Despite some technical difficulties with the music, the young dancers persevered undaunted in their performance honouring their heroes.
Shawn Roberts, Township Member and Councilor, was the event Speaker. He lauded the heroes and noted their many accomplishments.
Jacqueline Estevez, Chief Councilor for the South Abaco District, distributed award certificates to the five heroes present. Those not in attendance were Nurse Lottie Pinder, who is deceased, and Tiffany Williams who, living up to her reputation of academia and leading in the classroom, was in the schoolhouse that Saturday afternoon working on an important class project.
Valeria Lightbourne, Township Member, brought the Vote of Thanks and the closing prayer was said by Pastor Erskine Wells.
After the unveiling of the Plaque refreshments were served.