Editorial: A big heart

POSTED: 03/19/14 10:14 AM

Without any doubt, Elaine Gumbs-Vlaun is The Example of what all human beings ought to be. The lady is – if you’ll forgive us the expression – a woman with balls and a heart so big that you cannot help but just love her.

The choice to honor Gumbs as the icon of social work in St. Maarten is right on the money. As the first social worker ever on the island she has set the tone and she has founded the department within the public health ministry that deals with social issues.

And yet, after all those years there is still so much to do, so much to improve. Bringing up domestic violence all those years ago may have been akin to swearing in church, but today this issue is still with us.

The difference is of course that we have social workers who care, and who are ready to stand up for the victims. They spend their days (and their nights, we can very well imagine) to make the world a better place, starting in St. Maarten.

Let us honor these people, and let us support them in their work. Not only today, but every day of the year.

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