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National Youth Awards 2018: Pathfinder Director for South Bahamas Conference, Patrick Wilson Jr. was nominated for a National Youth Reward for his Stellar and Sacrificial contribution to the Development of Youth in the Pathfinder Movement and partnership with the Youth Programs of the Ministry of Youth. The Pathfinder Club Ministry is applauded for their contribution to the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. Presently, the Pathfinder Club Ministry has planted a Pathfinder Club at Anatol Rodgers.
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Audrey Dean-Wright has been rightly celebrated as an inspiring teacher, an accomplished pianist, a trained singer, and a gifted composer and song writer. The role in which I knew her best and one in which she truly excelled, was as the spouse of Carlton Wright, one of the country’s top professional diplomats, and in her own capacity, albeit too briefly, as a Foreign Service Officer on loan to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from the then College of The Bahamas.
In diplomacy, a great husband/wife partnership plays a critical role in the on-the-job success of a diplomat, particularly in the case of a male diplomat. In this respect, Audrey was the perfect diplomat’s wife, who greatly enjoyed her role as a diplomatic spouse, despite the enormous challenges she encountered along the way.
Her first foray into the diplomatic world occurred in 1983, when Carlton was posted to our Consulate General in Miami, arguably The Bahamas’ busiest overseas office. While pursuing her Master’s degree, Audrey worked long hours without pay in the Accounts section of the Consulate. Remarkably, she was able to find the time to indulge her love of music, performing as member and soloist with the Fine Arts
Two years later, the Wrights found themselves in Haiti, which was then, as now, regarded as a hardship post. Not only was it a non-English speaking country, but Carlton had been tasked with establishing the Bahamas’ first embassy there. For more than one month, Audrey, Carlton and their one month old daughter lived in a one bedroom hotel room, which also functioned as an office. When they finally found suitable accommodation, Audrey, with no knowledge of French or Creole, had to set up and manage a household comprised of staff who spoke no English. She quickly rose to the challenge. In no time at all, she mastered Creole and, in her own inimitable way, set about training her staff to such a high level, that when she and Carlton finally left Haiti, their staff were eagerly sought after by other Diplomatic Missions resident in Port-au-Prince, including those from so-called first world countries.
While in Haiti, Audrey formed an English choir to enable Haitians to learn English in an enjoyable way. A concert given by the choir raised an amazing $3,000 – roughly about 15,000 Haitian gourds – which was donated to the Adventist University in Diquini, Port-au-Prince.She and Carlton also had the distinction of performing as soprano soloist and baritone soloist respectively, with the Haitian National Orchestra, in their production of Handel’s Messiah.
But it was in Cuba that Audrey really came into her own. In 2004, Carlton was posted to Havana, yet another “hardship” post, to open, once again, the first Bahamian Embassy there. In Cuba, Audrey was not just the Ambassador’s spouse but, also, a diplomat in her own right, having been appointed as Education and Cultural Attache to the Embassy. It was here that her musical background and her fledgling diplomatic skills merged and bore fruit to the benefit of the entire Bahamas.
I happened to be the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at that time and, well aware of the Wright’s passion for the Arts. I approved the purchase of a piano for the Official Residence, much to the consternation of the Ministry of Finance. But this proved to be a wise decision and an excellent investment.
Audrey and Carlton took Cultural Diplomacy to another level. Between them, they showcased Bahamian musical talent and creativity, and exposed our multi-faceted culture beyond the ubiquitous Junkanoo, not only to the local community, but, also, to the nationals of the 120 Foreign Embassies resident in Havana at that time. Audrey formed another choir, The Cantabile, a 50 person group, which is still in existence today!
Whether we like it or not, we live in a globalized world and promoting cultural understanding plays a vital role in overcoming challenges and creating opportunities for our respective countries.
Audrey was a committed Bahamian who did her part to nourish and sustain Bahamian culture. It is her generosity of spirit, her willingness, even her compulsion to share her musicality and her love for and knowledge of Things Bahamian, which I believe will be an indelible legacy in The Bahamas.
Dr. Patricia Rodgers, Former Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Photo on the right)
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See Ian Greene, Shandera Smith, or Audley Mitchell and get your tent and other related items for the big ASI Trade Fair on November 18, 2018!
The event gets underway at the H D Colburn Gym at 11:00 a.m. and closes at 5:00 p.m. Support your brother or sister in business! Call Ian Greene, at telephone number: 556-0492; Shandera Smith, at telephone number: 428-4251; or email Audley Mitchell at email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Blossoming Place is a subsidiary of the Path to Life Vision Ministry. The Blossoming Place is presently supporting partial scholarships for five students attending Bahamas Academy. Great initiatives are planned to support the scholarship fund.
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Save these dates, attend the events and learn more about the Blossoming Place. Call 457-0222 or 422-0158 for more information or to make a donation to this needy cause.
Photos below were taken on Sunday, October 21, 2018, by Michelle Greene, Media Team photographer.
This article is written by Marcia Smith, English Teacher; Bahamas Academy of Seventh-day Adventists
Can you imagine a world without teachers, a world where learning has ceased and expanding knowledge is no longer available? What would the world be like if teachers ceased to exist? There would be no one to direct students to make the veracious decisions to be efficacious in today’s society. H.L Mencken says, ‘‘The best teacher is not the one who knows most, but the one who is most capable of reducing knowledge to that simple compound of the obvious and wonderful.’’ Anyone can be a teacher, but the teacher who cares and takes time to diligently break down all that they know to give a clear window of understanding to the pupil is worth celebrating and honoring. At Bahamas Academy, our teachers are rare and possess exceptional qualities. They are God’s ambassadors in the classroom.
Teachers are said to be the backbone of society. They are the ones who steer the educational ship to academic success and influence social change. A teacher is more than grading papers and having an occasional, “happy teachers’ day salute.” They are the ones behind the various career choices.
“Teachers can change lives with just the right mix of chalks and challenges”, says Joyce Myers. It is indeed true that educators hold the pleasure of changing lives each day they step in the classroom. Teachers are God’s gift to the classroom and learning. The Adventist educator realizes that in each child, there is a soul for whom Christ died. The teacher has the awesome responsibility to help to mold the character of each student, to one that is pleasing to God. The educator also realizes that his/her calling is a service to God and that the fruits of his/her labor may not be seen until they get to heaven.
The Adventist educator recognizes the need to constantly sit at the feet of the Master teacher, and there he/she will find inspiration, strength and wisdom to follow His example. The Adventist teacher also believes, “True education means more than the perusal of a certain course of study. It means more than a preparation for the life that now is. It has to do with the whole being, and with the whole period of existence possible
to man. It is the harmonious development of the physical, the mental, and the spiritual powers. It prepares the student for the joy of service in this world and for the higher joy of wider service in the world to come” (Education pg. 13).
The Adventist educator realizes that his/her responsibility is to impart true wisdom to the pupil, which can only come through knowledge of God. The Adventist teacher points the child to Christ, whether in the Science Lab, Physical Education, Mathematics or even an English class; the objective is for the student to seek Christ and not mere academics.
The ability to put in time and get to know each student’s work is imperative to the role of being a teacher. Instructors should always form relationships with their students to make them feel comfortable and unproblematic. In establishing relationships with students, the teacher knows how to be effective and knows which technique will help that young, brilliant individual to understand the topic. This ability will help the child to be predisposed to putting more effort into his/her finished product because he/she senses the teacher’s understanding and care.
The teacher should approach every topic adequately not moving on until he/she has evidence of the pupil’s full understanding. The student should be given a clear insight of the field they are studying, its past, present and discussions on how new literacies impact learning. That is one of the ways to truly shed light on the course. This characteristic is necessary for the role of becoming a teacher after God’s own heart.
Teachers should help to build confidence and surety in the student. Without confidence in the subject area, the child feels inadequate or unable to excel. This creates a problem for both the teacher and the student.
The instructor should intercede when the child seems to falter and reassure him/her that the effort and application of studies is the best way to go.
When the work gets done, and after the children have tried their best, it is meritorious. Showing praise and appreciation for them who have put their best foot forward helps them to build their confidence and self-worth. The remarkable thing about confidence builder is that it is translated and integrated into other areas of the child’s life. The child is more likely to pursue other areas that he/she might not have had interest earlier. The child then experiences an overall improvement that places him/her on a higher level of actualization. Henry Adams states that ‘’A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.’’ This shows how something as ‘’small’’ as a confidence builder can permeate throughout the pupil’s life.
Teaching is not an easy task; it takes commitment, tenacity and guidance from the Holy Spirit to stand and lead the future generation. Seventh-day Adventist teachers represent a fraction of the hardworking teachers we have on this beautiful island. They do their job effectively. The Seventh-day Adventist teacher is committed and loyal in helping to develop Christ-centered quality education. While others focus on completing the syllabus and curricula, the Adventist teacher is committed to restoring in each child the image of God. As we celebrate Adventist Teacher’s Day, we salute all teachers in our congregations. Today is a great time to say, “Thank you, for giving to the Lord!
Marcia Smith, English Teacher; Bahamas Academy of Seventh-day Adventists
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