Lashley Gives Kudos To Volunteers

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Minister of Culture, Stephen Lashley, has praised the many ???unsung heroes??? in the Ministry???s Parish Ambassadors??? programme.

Speaking at a Community Independence Celebrations (CIC) cocktail reception at Gun Hill Signal Station, St. George, last Wednesday, Mr. Lashley recognised the efforts of those individuals who may not officially hold an office but who worked behind the scenes assisting with parish projects or participating in fund-raising activities.

The Minister told those gathered: ???We recognise you as exceptional men and women who shine through your high standard of service, your volunteerism and the invaluable contribution that you make to society???Your dedication over the past year is greatly valued by the Ministry and the community alike.???

The Minister of Culture encouraged the volunteers to continue their dedication as they were ???creating a positive change on many fronts???, and described them as ???heroes and heroines??? who continued to make a sterling contribution to Barbados at the community level.?????You are, in some cases, the only role models that some of our young people see in the area of civic engagement,??? he remarked.

This year, the Community Independence Celebrations Secretariat will host a special introductory ceremony for Parish Ambassadors on Saturday, May 14, at Gall Hill playing field, St. John, at 5:30 p.m. under the theme: Celebrating Who We Are! ??This year marks the 21st anniversary of the Community Independence Celebrations, which were first introduced in 1995.

jamal.weekes@barbados.gov.bb

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