Locally born cardiologist Emiko Bird-Lake sworn inPOSTED: 07/16/15 4:27 PM
From left: Acting Governor Reynold Groeneveldt, cardiologist Emiko Bird-Lake, and Prime Minister Marcel Gumbs. Photo DCOMM
St. Maarten – Prime Minister Marcel Gumbs attended the oath-taking ceremony at the Governor’s Cabinet on Friday for Emiko Bird-Lake, the first-Sint Maarten born cardiologist.
In the presence of her mother, Veronica Lake, and the cardiologist’s husband, Acting Governor Reynold Groeneveldt administered the oath.
Bird-Lake is part of a specialist rotational program established by St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) with the Netherlands, and she will be providing services to SMMC-patients for one-month.
“I am very proud of Emiko Bird-Lake, being the first Sint Maarten-born cardiologist of the country. She is a role model for our young people. Hard work and determination will allow you to achieve what you set out to do in life.
“As Acting Minister of Public Health, it was a great opportunity to be present to witness this proud moment on behalf of the Council of Ministers and the people of Sint Maarten. I take this opportunity to congratulate her parents, husband and her family circle on this great achievement,” Prime Minister Gumbs said.
“This is a very proud moment for the entire Sint Maarten community. I have administered the oath on several occasions before, but this was the first to a local born Cardiologist,” Acting Governor Groeneveldt said yesterday in a press statement. “It gave me a lot of pride.
Mrs. Bird-Lake should be looked at as a role model for our young people to follow and aim to achieve by reaching for the stars. Put your mind to become something and make it meaningful.”