By Ken Carroll
June 1 marks the beginning of hurricane season. With this, efforts to prepare are needed. The Bahamas Red Cross is one group that undertakes training and preparation for hurricanes in Abaco. They partnered this year with Urban Renewal 2.0 Crown Haven Community Center.
On Saturday, May 30, North Abaco residents attended a presentation by the Bahamas Red Cross in conjunction with other civic organizations within the community including North Abaco Local Government Township. The meeting detailed provisions and preparation for assistance in times of disaster or emergency.
The meeting was called to order by Urban Renewal 2.0 Crown Haven Community Center office clerk Ellamae Russell. A special song selection was performed by Simon Bootle – “Going Up to Meet Him.” Following was the prayer by Bishop Burnell Parker from Revival Time Church of God in Coopers Town. Deputy Chief District Councillor of North Abaco Local Government Township, Diana Cornish, brought brief remarks. She advocated that the community work together as team and put all differences aside. She said it is the only way to be more effective in times of need.
Christina Lightbourne, Welfare Officer The Bahamas Red Cross Abaco District, spoke next to introduce Barbara Johnson. Ms. Johnson has a heart for helping those in need and makes sure needs are met within the community. Ms. Johnson is Principal at Angels Academy in Marsh Harbour and has been with the Bahamas Red Cross for thirteen years and is its current President.
Johnson introduced her team of officers who travelled with her to North Abaco: Denise Wallace – Office Manager, Gale Hepburn – Treasurer, and Christina Lightboure – Welfare Officer. Also travelling was her daughter and a family friend.
Johnson gave a brief outline of the Bahamas Red Cross Society. The organization is all about helping in times of need and is run by volunteers.
Highlighting the evening was the election of officers. Gwendolyn Bain of Cedar Harbour was elected group leader for the Northern District in the absence of former group leader Ester Cornish of Black Wood during the nomination process. Rowena Fawkes and Diana Bain, both from Crown Haven, were elected as executive board members.
The meeting closed in high spirits as Center Manager of Urban Renewal, Bishop Carroll, gave the vote of thanks saying with great confidence that unity is strength when it comes to the safety of all, whether locally or internationally, a community needs each other when settlements or nations are in danger.
Light refreshments were served following the meeting.