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Gov’t to create avenues for seniors to share knowledge with youth

Health Minister Carvin Malone. (BVI News photo)

Government is planning to create more avenues for seniors citizens to spread their knowledge and talents to the youth across the territory.

Minister of Health and Social Development Carvin Malone announced this plan at a church service to mark the start of Seniors’ Month.

“We will make use of your wisdom whenever the opportunity presents itself to provide a moral compass and strengthen the fabric of our society as we shape the future together,” the minister said at the Sea Cow’s Bay Methodist Church on Tortola.

He also commended the seniors for their assistance in the restoration of the territory following the 2017 hurricanes.

“This illustrates the pivotal role seniors play as the background to our families and our communities, hence the significance of annual celebrations as we reaffirm our commitment to each of you,” Malone said

He added: “We honour and show gratitude to our seniors by treating them with dignity and respect, looking out for their interest and protecting their rights, supporting their participation in community life, and encouraging them to be healthy and active.”

Seniors Month — which is themed ‘Connect, Create, Contribute’ this year – is in its 30th year of celebrations. The month of activities will be paying special attention to the accomplishments and goals of seniors throughout the territory.

Some of the activities expected in the month include, the Mr and Mrs Senior BVI Pageant, The Not So Newlywed Game, and a senior’s ball. Activities will culminate with a food and cultural fair on May 31.

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  1. Bruce says:

    A really great idea!

  2. So says:

    You want them to do that, yet you all can not get a decent size place where they can live out their days being cared for 24/7. Also, allegedly not enough money was allocated for home care.

  3. Ausar says:

    Please use their skills in an adjunct manner at our territory’s schools.

    And offer comparable remuneration for their services.

    The knowledge that they share has intrinsic value and should be fully rewarded handsomely and not in any pro bono manner!

    • agreed says:

      The meeting places are already there, so a good point well made. Pay them for their time and reward their wise words.

    • ms says:

      LOVE – LOVE – LOVE THE IDEA THIS ONE OF THE SUPPORT TOOLS THAT THE YOUTH OF TODAY NEED NOT ONLY IN THE BVI BUR THE WORLD. YES I TOO BELIEVE THAT THE ELDERS HAVE SO MUCH TO OFFER THROUGH THEIR OWN EXPERIENCE. I KNOW FOR MY SELF THAT WHEN I COME HOME AND VISIT THE ELDERS IN MY FAMILY IT TOTALLY GIVES ME PRIDE – PRIDE – TO SEE WHAT CAN BRING FORTH THOUGH THEIR MINDS, HANDS AND HARD WORK TO SUCCESSEED IN LIFE. THE ELDERS HAVE ALWAYS BEEN MY IDOL. I CARRY THEM WITH ME FROM THE HEART. I LOVE – I LOVE YOUR CREATIVE IDEA FOR THE YOUTH IT IS NEVER TOO LATE TO GIVE THEM ANOTHER ANGLE FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN LIFE. YES – YES – YES – JUST THE STRONG PILL THE BVI NEEDS FOR THE YOUTH. IT CAN BE A FORM OF STORY TELLING AND UNDERSTANDING WITH LOTS OF SUPPORT. GREAT – GREAT – IMPEDMEBT WRIGHT AWAY. IT IS LIKE LOVING YOUR FAVIORATE TROPICAL CARIBBEAN FRUIT AND FOR THAT IS SO MANY. YES GIVE THEM THE CHALLENGE THEY NEED TO SUCCESSED FOR THEIR FUTURE WITH THE HELP OF OUR ELDERS OF THE BVI. LOVE IT – LOVE IT. MAKE THE BVI STRONG – STRONGER.

  4. ms says:

    A LONG TIME COMING, THIS WILL BE GREAT FOR THE BVI AND THE YOUTH IN THE TERRITORY. TO HELP THEM ACHIEVE THEY NEED TO KNOW HOW THE ELDERS PAVED THE WAY WITH HARD WORK AND DEDICATION FOR THEIR HOME LAND. I LOVE – LOVE THIS IMPLEMENTATION FOR THE YOUTH OF TODAY. THIS WILL ALLOW THEM TO FOCUS ON WHAT IT IS TO ACHIEVE EVEN WITH HALLENGES IN FRONT STOPPING THEM FROM PERSUING THEIR DREADS IN LIFE. AGAIN I LOVE THIS CREATIVE IDEA ALL FOR THE FUTURE – LOVE IT ALL FOR THE FUTURE OF THE BVI – LET’S GET MOVINGH WE DON’T WANT TO LOOSE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO PUT THE TOOLS IN THE HANDS OF OUR YOUTH. AS THEY HEAR WHAT THE STRUGGLE HAS BEEN ABOUT FROM THOSE WHO CAME BEFORE THEM, IT WILL ALLOW THEM TO UNDERSTAND “FOWARD FOREVER BACKWARD NEVER. LET THE BVI RAISE – THE ELDERS HAVE SO MUCH TO OFFER, THAT IS WHY I COME HOME FROM TIME TO TIME TO GET BACK THE STRENGTH FROM THEIR WORDS THAT HELPED THEM TO SUCCESSED THROUGH ALL STRUGGLES. I AM SO PLEASED – I JUST CAN’T STOP STATING HOW PLEAED I AM THAT THIS THOUGHT HAS COME TO MIND. BVI FOR EVER – THE WORDS OF THE ELDER TO THE YOUTH OF THE BVI FOREVER – AND EVER. THANKING THE ALMIGHTY GOD THAT ALL GOOD THINGS COME THROUGH FOR THE FUTURE OF THE BVI AND THAT IT CAN BE A SHINING EXAMPLE OF THE CARRIBEAN ISLANDS NEAR OR FAR. BVI SHINING EXAMPLE – EXCELLENCE – EXCELLENCE!!!

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