Public Health Communications Specialist
Ministry of Health/Social Development
The Territory’s centenarians were honoured by the Social Development Department for their collective resilience, wisdom and resourcefulness having experienced life’s joys and sorrows for a century and beyond.
Mrs. Enelle Smith and Mrs. Emogene A. Creque both 104 years old and Mr. Evelyn Hodge age 100 residing on Tortola; Mrs. Betty Yates age 101, Mrs. Floresa George and Mrs. Iris L. Harrigan both age 100 of Virgin Gorda were honored by the department as the Territory observed National Centenarian Day on Friday, September 22.
Chief Social Development Officer, Mrs. Annie Malone-Frett said the centenarians were celebrated with gifts carefully curated to include a selection of their favorite items that reflected admiration and respect for their longevity and coping capacities.
Mrs. Malone-Frett, “This is but a small token intended to celebrate their collective resilience, wisdom and resourcefulness having experienced life joys and sorrows for a century and beyond. As a Territory, we extend heartfelt gratitude for their unwavering faith and resolve to the socio-economic and political developments of the Territory through their differing roles.”
Minister for Health and Social Development Honourable Vincent Wheatley accompanied the team to the homes of the six honorees as part of the day’s activities. Honourable Wheatley distributed gift baskets as well as shared well wishes and messages of love, hope and blessings.
“It was an honour and privilege to be in the presence of these centenarians, three of which I know personally and who live on Virgin Gorda,” Honourable Whealtey said. He added, “We cannot underestimate the importance of our elders. They are shoulders on which we stand and for this, they deserve our love, admiration, respect, assistance and care.”
National Centenarian Day celebrates the remarkable lives and contributions of individuals who have reached the incredible milestone of living for a century and beyond. It is also an opportunity for society to show its collective gratitude and respect for their wisdom, experience and cultural legacy.
The Ministry of Health and Social Development remains committed to strengthening social protection policies and programmes, which aim at reducing poverty and inequality, and improving economic security in the Virgin Islands.