As you celebrate twenty years of a fantastic union called the Union
Island Cultural Association of Greater Toronto (UICA), let us first give
the Almighty God thanks for his goodness and his mercy as he
continues to look over your group.
Your dedication and service over the last twenty years to the
betterment of Union Island, youth, education, working with senior
citizens and medical supplies to citizens of Union Island are
extremely commendable. Indeed, your main fundraising activity, the
Annual Thanksgiving Brunch, is testimony that the Union Island
community is very supportive of your committee’s efforts in making a
meaningful difference to residents of Union Island.
Thanksgiving month also falls in our Independence month of October
and it would be remised of me if I didn’t use this opportunity to wish
your group and your community a very Happy Independence. I hope
that your community will support ALL the planned Independence
As we celebrate Thanksgiving and Independence, we have a crisis in
our neighboring islands of Dominica, Barbuda, Cuba, Puerto Rico
and British Virgin Islands. The impact of climate change is taking
effect on our islands even though we are a miniscule contributor to
the agents of climate change. The damages to our Caribbean
economy is grave. Climate change has declared war on our islands.
We are down but not out. We will work together with our traditional
and non-traditional friends and most importantly our diaspora
community in the recovery process.
UICA has done magnificent work over the past twenty years. As you look
forward to the next twenty years, let’s get the young people involved
and have continuity. The Consulate of St Vincent and the Grenadines
and by extension the government wish you continued success and
we look forward to a harmonious working relationship.
|CONSULATE GENERAL OF ST. VINCENT
AND THE GRENADINES55 Town Centre Court, Suite 403 Toronto, Ontario M1P 4X4