Ladies and gentlemen of the Collective,
Ladies and gentlemen, representatives of the neighborhoods,
Ladies and gentlemen,
Welcome to this Father's Day ceremony, organized by the community of Saint-Martin, in partnership with the neighborhood councils.
Thank you all for being with us.
Celebrating family fathers always has a special connotation for us Saint-Martinois, because in our society more than elsewhere, the father is an essential link in education.
In today's St. Martin this balance is sometimes lacking, and we have too many single-parent families and mothers forced to raise their children alone.
That is why I would like to send a message to the fathers that it is never too late to take charge of your children's education and help them progress in life.
Recently, the community created the "School of Parents" within the framework of the Local Security and Prevention of Crime Council (CLSPD).
It is with this device to accompany the parents who have difficulties with their parental authority. We saw it again this week (armed robbery of Nettle Bay), certain delinquent acts committed by young people without benchmarks, cause trouble and gives a very negative image of St. Martin.
It is all together, at our respective levels, that we must act to stem the violence.
Fortunately we have in Saint-Martin very good fathers, who are involved within the family.
6 fathers who give a good education to their children.
I would like you to welcome:
- Mr. Dennys Leroy HYMAN, from District No. 1
- Mr. Léonard LARMONY from District No. 2
- Mr. Georges Apollinaire GOMBS from District No. 3
- Mr Jean Albert MINVILLE from District No. 4
- Mr. Laurent Joseph MINVILLE from District No. 5
- Mr Clément VAN HEYNINGEN from district No 6.
Today we are going to celebrate your commitment and your involvement in the education of your children.
You have a role model for them. Your children could count on their own life. This is precisely what our community needs to go forward.
I repeat often, a structured family setting, with a loving and caring mom and dad is the key to a successful education. I would add that the father's authority is fundamental because it is a landmark for the child.
Today it is you gentlemen who send a strong sign to all the other dads of St. Martin. I salute your commitment, happy father's day to all the fathers of saint-martin.
Celebrating Father's Day :
In partnership with the neighborhood councils, six exemplary fathers were honored for their journey and the education given to their children by the Community of Saint Martin, in the presence of President Aline Hanson, Vice-President Rosette Gumbs-Lake , Of the elected in charge of Culture Rollande Questel, and of the elected Jean-Philippe Richardson.
In her speech, the President spoke of the importance of the father in the family balance and recalled that it was never too late to get involved in the education of his children. She praised the worthwhile journey of these six fathers of family and wished a very good father's day to all the dads of St. Martin. The members of the Territorial Youth Council were present.