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1. FATHER’S DAY
Mr. Speaker, this weekend we set a time aside
to honour fathers. Please permit me, to wish all fathers, and father
figures in this place and throughout the country Father’s Day blessings
in advance; and in particular one Horatio David Bannister, a very
special father. I pray that all of our fathers will strive to provide
love, acceptance and stability in the lives of their children, and be
positive mentors in the lives of those in their sphere of influence.
Happy Father’s Day.
2. A PERSONAL NOTE
Speaker, in following my own advice on a personal note I want to say to
my daughter Danielle how happy I am that you are home out of the
hospital and out of danger.
You have faced more medical
challenges in your life than anyone that I know, including surgery as a
baby but you have overcome every single one with resilience and an
incredible focus on achieving your goals; and you will overcome this one
also because God has a special purpose for your life. He has made you
face adversity to make you strong. You are going to make a difference in
this country . . . . .in this world, and in the lives of countless
numbers of people around the world. I truly believe that, and I know
that in your own quiet determination you know that you have a very
special future of service and dedication; and just as your resilience
inspires me as your father to NEVER EVER give in, one day you will
inspire millions as you live God’s purpose for your life.
Secondly, Mr. Speaker, I take this opportunity to wish my Godchild Zachary Tyler Bernard Young a belated happy
It must be exciting to finally be a teenager Zachary. Before I move on
Mr. Speaker, let me publicly commend my two Parliamentary sons, and I
hope that the members for Long Island and Central Grand Bahama will
forgive me for fondly referring to them in that manner. As always, Sir, I
proudly watched both of their contributions this week, and, as always
Mr. Speaker I was left indelibly impressed by the mastery which they
both exhibited as they spoke. I’m so thankful that I have had the
opportunity to work closely with both of them, to share with them and to
learn from them.
Mr. Speaker, everyday . . . every single day I give thanks that the residents of Carmichael chose me to represent them.
can say without credible contradiction that there is no better
community . . . . no more peaceful community . . . .no more caring
community. . . . .no more supportive community anywhere than the
Carmichael community; and everyday Sir, I give thanks for the law
abiding Carmichael community.
You see, Mr. Speaker, when the Prime Minister issued stay at home Orders, Carmichael complied. People stayed at home.
They obeyed the law. There was peace in the streets of
Mr. Speaker, Carmichael understood the danger that we all faced from
the coronavirus pandemic, and chose to stay safe. I’m proud of the
discipline that the Carmichael community displayed. I’m proud of our
response to this deadly pandemic. I’m honoured that such a mature and
responsible community chose me to represent them.
Thank you Carmichael.
Speaker, the pandemic has ushered in come difficult times. So many
people have been challenged. . . . buying food, paying rent. . . .
paying utilities , paying mortgages. It has been tough. In response to
the widespread need we have tried to do our best in Carmichael. Our team
has walked door to door in Carmichael, and continues to do so as I
speak. To date, Sir we have distributed 1,000 care packages. To date we
have distributed over 8,000 masks, many of them Bahamian made along with
Bahamian made hand sanitizers and food vouchers valued in excess of
$30,000 redeemable at our local community food store. So, Mr. Speaker,
through the entire ordeal, we are supporting and sustaining local
So far we have covered Emerald Gardens; Cyclops
Gardens, Flamingo Gardens, Belair, several streets off Carmichael Road;
and portions of Golden Gates #2. We have another 1,000 bags and 8,000
masks along with hand sanitizers and food vouchers that we will
distribute throughout Golden Gates #2, Silver Gates,
Road, St. Vincent Road, and Faith Avenue. So to those Carmichael
residents who have not seen our team yet, I have to ask you to be
patient, as the rain has held them back, and they also have to practice
appropriate social distancing protocols. But we will be coming because
Mr. Speaker, leading up to this budget debate my team
did not allow me to be on the street with them. They were concerned
that the threat of infection could have prevented me from making this
contribution, but once I finish here tonight, Sir, they have no
legitimate reason to stop me and so I ask for
Carmichael constituents to look out for me on your street soon.
Mr. Speaker, the bible says in every thing give thanks; and so before I move on please permit me to give thanks.
Sir, thanks to the people of Carmichael for being law abiding. By
staying at home during the lockdown you have saved countless lives.
Sir, I say thank you to my supportive friends and the caring business
people who have donated to our relief efforts in Carmichael. Each of you
has made a difference in many many lives.
Thirdly, Sir, I want
to thank my team for walking the streets day after day to bring some
relief to Carmichael residents. Unlike others, you have done it without
fanfare, and without excluding anyone.
Fourth, Sir, I want to
thank a very special group of caring Bahamians who provided us with
locally made masks. It all started when a true Bahamian patriot called
me. Bishop Albert Hepburn from United Christian Cathedral in Flamingo
Gardens called to say that his daughters saw me in Parliament and did
not like the mask that I was wearing. Mr. Speaker, those ladies made me
some beautiful masks. Thanks to all of them for caring, especially
Jenny, who I understand was the seamstress. In this regard Mr. Speaker I
want to also thank:
- Jackie Hield from Doubloon Drive, who sent me a beautiful mask;
- Shana who also sent me some beautiful masks;
- Kizzy from Belair who made a few hundred masks for us; and
- Donna Demeritte from Fairview Heights who also made a few hundred masks
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