Approximately twenty Government Officials, among them the Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon. Philip “Brave” Davis, who is also the Minister of Works, and the Minister of Sports, Youth and Culture, the Hon. Daniel Johnson, arrived on Abaco from Nassau the morning of September 16.
On October 30 community members were invited to meet the new All Abaco Junkanoo & Culture Committee - now Chaired by artist Anthony “Big Mo” Morley. The function was hosted by Rhonda Hull with the Hon. Daniel Johnson, Minister of Youth Sports & Culture, as the special guest speaker.
The Junkanoo Committee this year features a lot of new faces who are ready to instill new energy and promote passion for Junkanoo, and culture, on Abaco. Nationally recognized artist, Anthony Morley, was elected Chairman of the new “All Abaco Junkanoo and Culture Committee.” He is aided by Vice-Chairpersons James Richard and Gaynelle Rolle.
Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture (MYSC) the Hon. Daniel Johnson met with various stakeholders to “put the final touches on the Abaco sports facilities project” for both Murphy Town and Moors Island, announcing that ground will be broken in May 2014.
On March 6, the Abaco Tourist Office held its Junior Minister of Tourism Speech Competition in the Office of The Prime Minister’s Conference Room. Dushinka Darville introduced the six high school students, who presented their speeches on the topic: “The Impact of our Culture on Tourism.”
Abaco got a taste of Las Vegas as the Spring City Rockers gambled on the casino capital of the world as their theme and came out on top for the third year in a row at the “Love Rush” Junkanoo Senior Parade on February 23, nudging out the Treasure Cay Explorers by a mere 18 points.
Accompanied his Directors, among them the Director of Culture - Dr. Moxey-Brown, the Director of Sports - Timothy Munnings and the Director of Youth - Mr. Darren Turnquest, the Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture - the Hon. Daniel Johnson, arrived on Abaco on Friday, February 22. He came to meet and discuss items in his portfolio with the MP for North Abaco and Island Administrators.
The Ministry of Youth’s Summer Youth Camp called “Creative Juices” was held at J.A. Pinder Primary School from July 16-20. The camp was offered to children aged four to 16 years old, and saw a record number of 44 attending the camp. Principal Brenell Higgs was the camp coordinator and was assisted by a number of persons. On July 20 a closing ceremony was held and Khadijah Stuart served as the moderator.
Although small in stature, Garnell Stuart-Limperes is a force to be reckoned with as she continues to branch out in different communities, and that includes one in West Africa, in her pursuit of positive initiatives for young people. Last month, the Island Waves Sierra Leone West Africa Branch was started …