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Cayman Islands Government

Stamp of Approval

(R) Hon. Juliana O'Connor-Connolly, JP, Acting Premier and Minister for District Administration, Lands and Agriculture cuts the ribbon with Tessa Valentine, granddaughter of the late Mrs. Petrona Bodden.

Since the Creek Post Office re-opened last month, area residents can now access an ample supply of post boxes and related services.

The dual-purpose building is also home to the Sister Islands Sports Office.

This project involved the renovation of a historic Brac landmark; the home of midwife the late Mrs. Petrona Bodden - after whom the new facility is named. Mrs. Bodden was a midwife for many years on Cayman Brac.

The Creek Post Office's District Manager is Mrs. Karen Smith, while Sports Officer Harold Mitchum occupies the adjacent space. The Sports Office provides services ranging from meeting space to maintaining team uniforms.

"This building, which has significant heritage value, was for sale, so government purchased the property and modified it to accommodate these multi-purpose uses," said the Hon. Juliana O'Connor-Connolly, JP, Acting Premier and Minister for District Administration, Lands and Agriculture.

Hon. Juliana O'Connor-Connolly, JP, Acting Premier and Minister for District Administration, Lands and Agriculture unveils the commemorative plaque.

The Minister was accompanied at the recent opening ceremony by District Commissioner Ernie Scott, JP; Acting Permanent Secretary Tristan Hydes; Acting Deputy Permanent Secretary Jonathon Jackson; and Postmaster General Sheena Glasgow.

While most postal facilities on Cayman Brac were impacted by Hurricane Paloma in November 2008, the Creek location was the most severely damaged, and subsequently condemned.

Dixon Construction carried out the renovations, while Cayman Brac's Public Works Department managed the contract.

A Cayman Brac Pioneer

Nurse Petrona Bodden, affectionately known as "Aunt Rona", was born in Creek, Cayman Brac, in February 1894.

At the age of 18 she attended the University of the West Indies in Jamaica, graduating as a midwife. After perfecting her profession, delivering hundreds of babies, she relocated to Honduras to continue her work. There, she married the late Mr. Spencer Bodden in 1932.

After many years, the couple decided to build a home in Cayman Brac, where she continued midwifery - delivering almost 2,000 babies.

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