A large and enthusiastic crowd came out for the West Bay community district tree lighting on Nov. 25.
The event was organized by the West Bay Community Development Action Committee, known as West Bay CODAC. Chairwoman Margely Reve declared it “a superb event.”
The event featured a speech by 2016 YCLA Recipient Brianna Wilkerson, and the lights were turned on by Acting Deputy Governor Stran Bodden. The celebration also featured greetings on behalf of Leader of the Opposition McKeeva Bush from Capt. Eugene Ebanks, and from Minister of Education, Employment and Gender Affairs Tara Rivers.
The audience enjoyed music by the Wesleyan Band, directed by Curtis Barnett, with performances from his wife Christina and his sister Reina Jefferson, along with Crispin Myles and Jesus Gonzales.
“Mario Ebanks was the emcee, and he struck a chord with the audience as he compared the slanted tree which has withstood many storms to the resilience of West Bay’s people, who have also stood up during hard times,” said Ms. Reve.
The event also featured a prayer for the community from pastor Stanwyck Myles.
The organizing committee for the event included Ms. Reve, Fadey Powery and Judy Powery, but the event was a community effort.
“Others who assisted at the event were Vanda Powery and Brenda Timothy,” said Ms. Reve.
“We got a lot of support from the Church of God Chapel who provided the chairs, tables and sound equipment, and our stage was built by West Bay artist and sculptor Darwin Ebanks.”
Ms. Reve also thanked all of the sponsors and supporters.
On Dec. 3, West Bay CODAC members paid a visit to the district’s Golden Age Home to deliver gift bags and sing Christmas carols.
“Also as part of our Christmas season activities, we will be providing gifts for the elderly and shut-ins in the community,” said Ms. Reve.
“We will also be arranging for some outings for up to 100 of our youth, doing some beautification projects and a neighborhood watch crime prevention program watch this month as well.”
Ms. Reve said that there is great need in the community for outreach activities.
“We have so many other great projects that we want to work on, but we need the help of the community,” said Ms. Reve.“I call for our community to come together so we could make a difference.”