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Governor Hosts Seniors

HE the Governor Stuart Jack (far right) and his wife Mariko (front row, right) with West Bayers at the annual Government House tea party.

Cayman's older persons kicked off their month of celebrations with the customary Government House tea party on Friday (2 October).

Some 90 seniors, representing every Grand Cayman district as well as the Pines Retirement Home gathered with His Excellency the Governor Mr. Stuart Jack, CVO and his wife Mariko, to enjoy cookies, sandwiches and tea.

The group was joined by Minister of Community Affairs and Housing the Hon. Mike Adam, MBE; Chief Officer Dorine Whittaker; DCFS Head Deanna Look Loy and Organising Committee members DCFS' Dawn Rankine and Zemrie Thompson, Health Services Authority's Joy Merren, and senior Olive Miller who chaired the function.

Welcoming his senior guests, Mr. Jack thanked them for their years of service to their country. "I am very grateful for the contribution you have made to society and happy that I can share this day with you," he said.

Minister Adam assured the elders that his ministry was looking out for their welfare, mentioning plans for North Side's elderly care centre which is already underway, and others to be established across the island.

He also encouraged the elderly to build bridges with the youth. "Strengthen your connection to the younger generation," he advised. "That way, you'll be able to impart your legacy to them."

Wishing the older persons well, Ms Whittaker also offered encouragement: "We will continue to look after you even as we seek to build a better country," she said.

Mrs. Look Loy suggested that older persons should drop by the Golden Age Home in West Bay, to inspect the upgraded facilities there.

Senior Olive Miller reminded the guests that this was the final time that Governor and Mrs. Jack would be hosting the tea party since they will be leaving Cayman by the end of the year. Thanking them for their hospitality, the seniors wished them well in the future.

The group was entertained by the North Side Kitchen Band and Miss Teen Cayman Jamesette Anglin. Elizabeth Hurlston, a senior from George Town, read a poem she wrote while a practicing nurse and Ms Miller led the guests in song.

They then took to the dance floor, pulling the Governor along for a traditional dance.

(GIS)

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