New Year’s address Governor Holiday: “St. Maarten is bigger than any of its keepers”

POSTED: 01/14/13 12:49 PM

Governor Holiday and his wife Marie-Louise toast to a good 2013. Photo DCOMM.

St. Maarten – “Our words of well wishes will only come to pass when pursued through committed individual and collective action. As a St. Maarten people we bear the responsibility to be our community’s keeper,” said Governor Drs. Eugène Holiday on Friday evening in his new year’s address at a reception at the Captain Hodge Wharf in Philipsburg.

The well-attended reception brought many together for an exchange of the best wishes for the New Year – from Attorney General Dick Piar and chief Prosecutor Hans Mos, to minister like Roland Tuitt and William Marlin, I Can Foundation’s Cassandra Gibbs, attorneys, and – among many others – former Justice Minister Leo Chance.
“As keepers of our community it is our highest obligation to nurture and build a free, safe, secure and just society – a society in which we all have the right and opportunity to quality care, quality education and quality employment.”

The governor said that to achieve the country’s vision, people must realize that they are in this together. “We must live and act by the guiding principle that our community – Sint Maarten – is bigger than any of us, its keepers. This principle must be the primary point of departure in all our actions and decisions. Let us resolve to not breakdown but to build each other and thus build our community up.”

The governor said that it is imperative “that we reinforce our commitment to our care and to the care of our environment. Let us commit ourselves to confront the threats of poverty, environmental degradation and crime to secure the viability of our community.”
He added that this is a call “to eliminate poverty, to better shield and educate our children, to broaden and deepen the reach of healthcare, to protect and preserve our natural environment And to unite in stamping out crime and corruption.”

The governor called on his audience to use their imagination tom envision the St. Maarten of the future: “Imagine a St. Maarten where more schools are adopted, where more people need not worry about affording preventive care, where our natural environment is cherished and where public-private partnerships convert deprived districts into safe and thriving social centers.”

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