Health Minister, Honourable Julius Timothy speaks at Goodwill Reunion
“The year we make contact”, that’s the theme chosen by the Goodwill Reunion Committee to observe the 2010 Goodwill Reunion which will run from August 1st to 15th. While addressing the opening ceremony at the Lindo Park in Goodwill, parliamentary representative for the Roseau North constituency Honourable Julius Timothy, said that the people of the Goodwill community tend to rise to any occasion as he complimented them for the exceptional traits that they possess.
“Goodwill Reunion 2010 is such an occasion and I am proud to be associated with this movement of people from Tarish Pitt, Gutter Village, Stockfarm, Pottersville, upper and lower goodwill, Bellevue Rawl, Morne Daniel, St Aromant, Fond Cole and Yampiece, the entire Roseau north constituency,” said Mr Timothy.
Mr Timothy said that this ceremony marks the official recognition of a journey that began years ago and the memories created during this year’s event should contribute tremendously towards not just the community but its human resource development as well.
He said, “We should develop our artistic talents and ourselves to be the best that we can be. We must seek to understand how these contacts will help in the development of a greater sense of who we are and what we want to achieve as a people in the next 10, 20 to 50 years.”
He stressed that it takes commitment and perseverance from the entire Roseau North constituency to make these communities conducive for living.
"We must never use poverty as an excuse to exclude ourselves from development. There are many examples of very successful people from our community who grew up very poor and had to make use of the opportunities that were made available to them and as a result, got education or became successful in business ventures such as entrepreneurs,” he said.
The Health Minister highlighted that poverty does not mean that residents have to leave in an unclean environment or engage in illegal activities. He said that they will realize that there is a lot more to life if they utilize their resources, be industrious and become each others’ keeper. He also congratulated the committee for their countless hours in making these planned events a reality, while informing them that their hard work will not go to waste as it will contribute to their community, themselves and the country, by extension.