Brick Kiln Village-Nevis—The Village of Brick Kiln was rife with celebrations on the afternoon of Saturday 1st October.
That was the day when Ms. Susana Brandy, celebrated her 92 birthday, surrounded by family members and friends.
Ms. Susana Brandy is incidentally the mother of the Hon. Hazel Brandy-Williams, the Minister responsible for the Ministry of Social Development, which oversees a very involved seniors’ program.
The ceremony was ably chaired by one of the grand daughters of the celebrant, Mrs. Terenz Wallace-Warner and included prayer by Fr. Deson and a rendition by the St. James’ Mothers’ Union.
One of the daughters of the celebrant, Mrs. Carolie Wallace, also presented a dynamic poem, which evoked some merriment. She stated that her ‘MAMA’ referred to her girls as ‘darling du-dups’ and the boys as ‘sonny boys.’
A wonderful rendition in song, was delivered by Mrs. Patricia Jeffers, granddaughter in law of the celebrant who did justice to ‘Ride out your storm’ and the special message of the day was presented by Dean Rudolph Smithen who noted that when he was assigned to the St. James’ Anglican church, Ms. Susana Brandy was instrumental in assisting him in getting to know the area and people who lived there. He thanked her for her contributions to her family and the community at large and wished her God’s richest blessings.
The celebrant herself spoke briefly and expressed her appreciation to all who had helped to make her special day such a blessing. ‘Thank you all. Amen. Amen,’ she said.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Social Development, Mr. Keith Glasgow, noted that it was significant that on the day designated by the United Nations as Older persons day, that she celebrated her birthday as well. He noted that she was 92 not out and after referencing the many contributions made by Ms. Brandy, he presented her with a fruit basket, on behalf of his Ministry and the City Drug Store.
The floor was then opened briefly for some of the many well-wishers to express birthday wishes to Ms. Brandy. Included in that number, was the former Minister of Health in the NIA, Mrs. Jean Harris who spoke in glowing terms of her selflessness.
Little Ms. Xzania Brookes then made Ms. Brandy’s eyes light up as she performed a well-received dance.
A toast was proposed by Mr. Rupert Vigo and the vote of thanks was delivered by Principal Education Officer and another of the daughters of the celebrant, Mrs. Palsy Wilkin, who thanked all who have assisted with the taking care of ‘MAMA’ and pointed out that it not only takes a village to raise a child but it also takes a village to take care of ‘MAMA.’
All present then joined in the consumption of a sumptuous meal