When ever one’s deeds match one’s words, one’s voice becomes loud, authentic and enrolls others.
For some, the seven-event Bajan Great Genes programme, organised to celebrate the seventh anniversary of the Young Barbadian Professional Society, was ambitious. Structured as a campaign, its theme, like the nature of genes, was adapted and replicated to acknowledge the genesis of the association.
It was about roots of unconditional love of Bajan family heritage and traditions, to foster and maintain a genuine commitment to its mission, to appeal to the generosity of the public, to help young people to discover their genius, and to persuade Caribbean youth to become torchbearers of a tradition of excellence in education that has been passed down by successive generations.
YBPS, however, believes otherwise and continues to fly the colours of the flag in the high wind.
This was demonstrated throughout the recent Entrepreneurs Awards Luncheon at Dyker Beach Golf Course Catering Facilities, when Barbadians were honoured and awareness of entrepreneurship explored in a joyful family atmosphere.
The organisation’s booklet revealed that in 2012 they had awarded $16,000 in educational scholarships, and, so far, had received pledges amounting to $50,000 for their Endowment Fund.
One of the three guest speakers, Ambassador John Beale, shared his perspective of entrepreneurship through examples that included Sir Kyffin Simpson of Simpson Motors fame, who he said years ago had ventured where others feared. Sir Kyffin is now in South America and China.
Beale, who also wished that Spanish was mandatory in Barbados’ schools, said:
“Entrepreneurship can be an opportunity that presents itself. It should be taught in schools and put into the DNA of the young. Entrepreneurship and innovation are critical for business expansion and employment.”
Adrian Gill, the founder and CEO of AD HOC Industries, an agency that specialises in building creative brands, was another of the speakers. In a creative presentation, he used a simple time of his life to explain how he reached where he is today.
Still, Gill finds time to play an active role in his mother’s chicken business. He listed 10 key things that entrepreneurs do.
The honourees were:
Alvin Bannister and Carlos Sandiford — B&S Marketing, a New York corporation that imports and distributes Caribbean products;
Ricardo Bentham — Franchise owner of H&R Block in Queens, New York;
Walwyn Greenidge — National Courier and Shipping Service;
Christopher Hunte — Christopher Hunte’s Fashion Designs;
Steven Legall — Steven Legall Home for Funerals LLC;
Anderson Pilgrim — Diaspora Now Inc. and Director of Caribbean Fine Art Fair Barbados; and
Sandra Went — Jeweller at LF Jeweller/Lapidary Inc.
Recently, Dr. Holder, a Harvard trained Barbadian historian, at a public lecture, spoke glowingly about the contribution of Caribbean people to America during the pre-1965 period. Among his examples were people who changed the lives of others and left turning points in the landscape of American history.
Some of the people who changed the face of America were Barbadians. We can safely add those who were honoured by the YBPS.
Ultimately, innovation is an art that is often restrained by fear and spoilt by a desire to be right. It is essentially a doing activity. In this sense right and wrong are determined by the desired outcome. Essentially it is free and only requires effort and faith.
Photo -Honorees and members of YBPS photo by C joseph
2515 – Vickii Cutting and Maria Watson – officers of YBPS
2528- CG Price, Anderson Pilgrim and Ambassador Beale