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Winding Bay donated backpacks to every 7th grade student on Abaco, including at S.C. Bootle (above.)

Abaco Club Awards Scholarships to Students

Winding Bay donated backpacks to every 7th grade student on Abaco, including at S.C. Bootle (above.)
Winding Bay donated backpacks to every 7th grade student on Abaco, including at S.C. Bootle (above.)

The Abaco Club on Winding Bay’s General Manager, Casey Counseller, along with Cameel McDonald, Executive Assistant, recently distributed backpacks and school supplies to 7th grade students on the island of Abaco including Moore’s Island.

McDonald said 223 individuals at nine high schools throughout the island received backpacks and supplies valued at more than $8,000 between November 22 & 23.

“We were so pleased to see the joy on the faces of all the children who received [them],” McDonald said. “This donation was provided by our “Winding Bay Fund” – our charitable arm that includes contributions from the club as well as our members. We are hoping to make this an annual event.”

In its mission statement, it states that the Winding Bay Fund “provides assistance for the children of Abaco Club employees and aid for their families in extreme times of need. The Fund selectively assists other Abaconian organizations with an emphasis on education and community enrichment.”

McDonald indicated that since the beginning of the new school year –2016-2017 – The Winding Bay Fund Committee has awarded scholarships to six college students who are children of their Abaco Club employees, totaling $6,000 to date.

The scholarship recipients are: Janae Gedeon, daughter of Tigedeon Gedeon, who works in the Landscaping Department. Janae is studying Mechanical Engineering at St. Cloud State University in the United States.

Another recipient was Rodrika Joseph, daughter of Lilian Joseph, who is a Food and Beverage Server. Rodrika is studying to become a Dental Hygienist at Northern Caribbean University in Jamaica. She periodically worked at The Abaco Club during the summer or holiday seasons.

Next was Lashad Joseph, son of Lilian Joseph. Lashad is studying Professional Golf Club Management at Holland College, Canada. He was also employed by The Abaco Club in Golf Operations where his passion grew.

Stanley Wallace-Wheeler, son of Magheo Wheeler, who is a Food and Beverage Bartender and Shift, is studying Culinary Arts at Holland College, Canada.

Monesha Culmer is the daughter of Simone Wilkinson, a Food and Beverage Server. Monesha is completing a term in Business Administration at Bahamas Technical and Vocation Institute, and she will be transferring to the University of The Bahamas to study Nursing, her career aspiration.

Lauren Octavian, daughter of Sharon Octavien, is studying Healthcare Management at Forsyth Technical Community College.

“We are confident that they will make a great change to the island in their desired studies,” McDonald said of the recipients.

All of the students have already expressed their appreciation for the scholarships received.

“There are still positive steps being taken on the island of Abaco, so I thought [these events were] worth sharing,” she expressed.

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About Canishka Alexander

Canishka Alexander was born in New Providence, but spent most of her childhood years on Abaco. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Abilene Christian University.

Although she has accomplished many things in life, her greatest accomplishment is being a mother to her four children. She loves God, her country and people of all cultures.

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