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Pedro St James welcomes seniors

  • Violenty Berry, aged 90. Credit: Michael Maxwell
  • Catherine Tyson, right,-dances with pensioners
  • Senior citizens enjoying their lunch
  • Ella Conolly, Ann Stephenson, Melda Ebanks, Catherine Tyson and Sonia Gould- Thomas
  • Cassandra Serron, Debbie Bodden and Angela Hall
The Department of Children and Family Services and the Community Service Department of the Cayman Islands Conference of Seventh-Day Adventist hosted their second annual Senior Citizens Luncheon at the National Historic Site, Pedro St. James, on April 10. Around 600 of the total of 1,800 pensioners in the Cayman Islands attended the function.

The luncheon was to show appreciation to the senior citizens for their contribution to society over the years. Besides locally produced food served, there were lots of booths and the Health Service Association provided free health checks and CINICO provided health care advice and there was a booth to inform them of how best to manage their pensions. The Lions Club supplied a food pantry and gave out bags of groceries. Meals on Wheels were also present.

They were entertained by drama students of Cayman Academy School and lunch was served by the Pathfinders of the Adventist Churches. The senior citizens enjoyed their meal, the entertainment and most of all the pristine ambience of Pedro St. James.

In attendance were Osbourne Bodden, Minister of Community Affairs, Youth and Sports, the Reverend Shian O’Connor, president of the Cayman Islands Conference of Seventh-Day Adventist Church, and Pastor Caple Thompson also of the Cayman Islands Conference of Seventh-Day Adventist Church. Also there was Cassandra Serron, assistant director of the Department of Children & Family Services, Debbie Bodden, Pedro St James operations manager and Angela Hall of the Cayman Islands Conference Community Dept.

The hosts were delighted that the management of Pedro St. James again agreed to allow the event to take place on site and are looking forward to partnering with Pedro St. James next year.

Patrick Thompson, acting director/ board secretary, said: “The Tourism Attraction Board is delighted to partner with the Public Service Pension Board by hosting the Pensioners Appreciation event at the Pedro St. James site. We recognise that the public sector retirees have significantly contributed to society over the years and we welcomed the opportunity to express our gratitude to them by ensuring the facilities were made available for this event. What better place to be appreciated, entertained and served in style than at the birthplace of democracy, our national historic site, Pedro St. James.”

Jewel Evans Lindsey is the managing director/trustee at the Public Service Pensions Board. She said: “We have a calendar of events for 2017 but this particular event is to acknowledge our public service pension retirees, former civil servants who we consider as nation builders and those who have contributed to the success of the Cayman Islands and who have served successive governments overs the years.”
She thanked everyone who contributed to the success of the event and added a special thank you to Patrick Thompson and his team for hosting it and said that she looks forward to returning next year.

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