Mr. Edward Clarke, Chief Operating Officer, Sagicor Life Inc and General Manager
During his speech he emphasised that “ …. this month is a good time for us to reflect on our motto “Pride and Industry" as we work together to revitalize Bridgetown and Barbados.
We are all responsible for our island's destiny, it is time for each of us to take ownership of our role in "Team Barbados" as we work together to keep these beautiful lights that will be seen here tonight focussed in the right direction.”
Sagicor Life Inc. Lighting Ceremony
National Heroes Square , Bridgetown, Barbados,
Saturday, November 1, 2014.
Barbadians must ask themselves what they are doing today to advance the “phenomenal achievement of Independence in 1966.’’
Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth, Stephen Lashley, ( pictured at left ) made this assertion during the 2014 Sagicor Life Inc. Lighting Ceremony on Saturday at Heroes Square, Bridgetown.
“Each of us must ask ourselves the vital question...Are we being true craftsmen of our fate and helping to make our country more productive and competitive, or are we surrendering our talents and skills to negative and counterproductive endeavours?”
Mr. Lashley queried.He encouraged citizens to remember the “perseverance and resolve of Errol Barrow,” especially now that the island faces “unique economic challenges,’’ and added that the first Prime Minister’s role as champion of independence must be seen as inspirational.
It gives me great pleasure to address you this evening at the 2014 Sagicor Life Inc
Lighting Ceremony -
As we sit in National Heroes Square, in the shadow of the historic Parliament Buildings, there is a sense of pride as we mark the 375th Anniversary of our parliamentary system, the third oldest in the Commonwealth.
It is with immense pride that the Management and Staff of Sagicor Life Inc
commit to providing our annual contribution to the staging of the Lighting Ceremony.
We view this partnership as a natural alliance; as the Lighting Ceremony illuminates
our capital and the widespread communities, Sagicor Life Inc stands as a steadfast
corporate citizen providing financial solutions and community support in the areas
of health, education,sports and youth development.In 2011 Historic Bridgetown and
its Garrison joined an elite list of properties listed as World Heritage Sites. The
proverbial heart of our nation, Bridgetown has played a significant role in our history
since being established almost 400 years ago (in 1628). In the early 1700s, the population
in Bridgetown rivalled North-
Barbados was integral in the sharing of intelligence on trade, administration
and communication.One might say that present-
The Barbados Chamber of Commerce, through The Revitalization of Bridgetown Initiative, has identified a strategic plan for improvement and I urge each business entity in Bridgetown to become involved.
Bridgetown business people, it is time for you to TAKE OWNERSHIP OF YOUR CITY, it does not matter if you are a landlord, or a tenant, as a business person in Bridgetown, you need to participate in the city's revitalization process.
As the appeal of satellite shopping locations increases wemust seek to understand the driving force behind the exodus of shoppers and businesses and find ways to address them. We must make Bridgetown attractive, clean, safe and inviting to Barbadians and visitors alike. As we demonstrate the fruits of the partnership between Sagicor Life Inc and the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth, so too must others in the private sector, Government and the community work together to reverse Bridgetown's decline. Let us focus on the restoration and preservation of our historic buildings and landmarks to provide a truly Barbadian experience for all who visit the
With beautiful recreational spaces such as Jubilee Gardens, Independence Square, National Heroes Square, The Garrison Savannah and the recently opened Church
Village Green, Bridgetown and its surroundings are primed for various social activities
and community programmes. We however need to provide the required facilities for
our citizens and visitors to use when they visit the city. People must also feel
safe and be free of harassment whether it is mid-
The chosen theme for this year's Independence Celebrations: "Uniting a Nation, One Community at a Time", aptly applies here today.
Many of our resplendent light displays require a series of smaller working bulbs to achieve their full effect. Our communities are like these bulbs and the progress of our nation will shine brightly once we come together. This month, I urge you to keep in mind this year's theme as you enjoy the various Independence activities around our island. We should remember how far we have come as a nation since 1966 and I am sure we all have our own vision of where we want to be in the future.
This month is a good time for us to reflect on our motto "Pride and Industry" as we work together to revitalize Bridgetown and Barbados. We are all responsible for our island's destiny, it is time for each of us to take ownership of our role in "Team Barbados" as we work together to keep these beautiful lights that will be seen here tonight focused in the right
The Welcome being given by Mrs. Ruth Blackman, Permanent Secretary , Ministry of Culture , Sport and Youth.
Remarks given by Mr. Edward Clarke, Chief Operating Officer, Sagicor Life Inc and
General Manager -
The Honourable Stephen A. Lashley, M.P., Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth
Members of the Cabinet Members of the Diplomatic Corps
Members of the Senate Members of the House of Assembly
Mrs. Ruth Blackman, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth
Sister Melissa Sobers, Salvation Army
Most Outstanding Parish Ambassador and Attendant of the Year, 2013
Mrs. Marseta Walcott, BSM (Will flick the switch)
Specially Invited Guests Ladies and Gentlemen
Mrs Marceta Walcott ( above right ) throwing the switch to illuminate Bridgetown and the Nation. At left and centre in photo is Rico Bradshaw and Reshida Smith, the outstanding Ambassadors for 2013.
A very entertaining performance in Drama by Hazel Charles.