Church Service, Community Donations Part of Democratic Party 60th Anniversary Celebration
PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten - The Democratic Party of St. Maarten will start its series of activities celebrating its 60th Anniversary this weekend with the hosting of a special commemorative church service. The DP Membership and the general public is invited to a special celebratory mass to be held at the St. Jude Anglican Church on Back Street starting at eight in the morning.
On Monday the DP as part of its celebrations will also be making donations to three foundations that have strengthened the community of the country; the Key to Freedom Foundation which focuses on combatting drug abuse, the Arts Saves Lives which introduces especially children to arts and culture and the Generation new Status Drum Band, which introduces children to rhythm through drumming.
The DP will also be hosting its annual wreath laying ceremony commemorating the Founder of the Democratic Party the late Dr. Claude Wathey followed by visits to the St. Maarten’s home in order to continue its sponsorship of cable television for the elderly and the Sister Basilia Center where it will be making a special donation to its clients.
The Public is encouraged to attend all of these events and celebrate 60 years of Democratic Party leadership.
DP Women’s Wing Congratulates 28 Women Contesting Parliamentary Elections
Highlights Strong Women on its Slate
The Women’s Wing of the Democratic Party of St. Maarten congratulates the 28 female political candidates in general and in particular the six ladies on the Democratic Party slate for stepping up to the plate and contesting the 2014 Parliamentary elections; St. Maarten indeed is a unique island in that we not only have a female Prime Minister, a female President of Parliament, a Female Ombudsman, and a female at the helm at the Council of Advice. We would like to congratulate the 28 female candidates and wish them the best.
The DP list is the only one with a female at its helm: the Prime Minister of St. Maarten the Honorable Sarah Wescot-Williams. Also on the list is Head of the court of Guardianship Richelda Rodriguez-Emmanuel; founder of the Starlight Foundation and part of the National Development Plan Platform Carmen Hodge-Smith, Former Commissioner and founder of the Home Away From Home Foundation and the one instrumental for providing utility relief for the elderly Patricia Flanders, retired Educator and community organizer Patricia Verlack and Pastor and Motivational Speaker Mulrose Toulon.
“We have a list of strong women representing the strong women of St. Maarten. We would like to wish all females strength and guidance in their choices for Parliament,” concluded the DP Women’s Wing Statement.
DP Hosting Party Retreat Saturday to Discuss Political Platform
“One-party rule a neglect of the wishes of others, wishful thinking that such a group will remain true to any common agenda for the people”
This Saturday's DP Retreat, dubbed Camp RED, is taking concrete form, as DP Members and Candidates get ready to discuss and prepare their party platform. According to DP Leader and Prime Minister of St. Maarten the Honorable Sarah Wescot-Williams said that DP Candidates will hone their political skills for the 2014 elections; “The DP Retreat, Camp RED is shaping up nicely. It is an informative and interactive session for primarily the DP candidates during which they will hone their skills, prepare for hitting the road with the DP's message and address the issues facing our country in a head-on, open and transparent way.
“We don't only talk integrity, we embraced it as a DP administration, we endorse it in our Platform, and we promote it vigorously within our own ranks.
Of course our 2014 Political Platform will be a topic for discussion during the Camp RED as are the applicable laws for this election. We will make use of expertise from within and outside of the Party to facilitate the discussions.
Members of the DP Young Professionals (DPYP) will also be present and participate. It is our opportunity now to separate ourselves from the others in terms of where we stand on topics, such as government-owned companies, public private partnership, taxes and transparency in government business.
The Prime Minister also highlighted the DP’s view regarding One Party Rule and inclusive government; “We believe that any progress must be with the masses in mind and not just a select few. We of the DP view the call for a one-party rule as a neglect of the wishes of others. It is also wishful thinking that such a group will remain true to any common agenda for the people. We view this call as a wish to control and muzzle persons who disagree and we view this as an insincere call to control the people of this country to the benefit of a select few. To use an old adage, "teach us to bake, so we don't beg for the crumbs, concluded Party Leader Wescot-Williams. (Contributed by the DP Party)