Volunteer Service of Appreciation

A Service of Appreciation was held in Freeport, Grand Bahama on Thursday, June 24th, 2021 to recognize the volunteers that risked their lives and safety before, during and after Hurricane Dorian. The Service of Appreciation was hosted by the Ministry of Disaster Preparedness, Management and Reconstruction and the Grand Bahama Disaster Consultative Committee at Calvary Temple Assemblies of God.

To the volunteers, civic organizations, governmental departments, frontline workers and Ministers of the Government; Thank you.


Your efforts reduced the loss of life and for that, we thank you and we are proud to know that regardless of our differences, we can rely on the people of our country to help each other during a crisis.




Minister of State for Disaster Preparedness, Management and Reconstruction, the Hon. Pakesia Parker-Edgecombe was the keynote speaker during a service of appreciation for volunteers of Hurricane Dorian, held on Thursday, June 24, 2021, at Calvary Temple Assemblies of God.


“I am a believer, however, that all that has been done, especially the sacrifices made on your part, is the foundation that will ensure that as we rebuild, we do so even stronger. Today you are all being recognized. You did not have to do what you did. You could have chosen to stay indoors and carry on with your lives. You could have chosen to sit back and watch. You could have chosen to have someone else step forward, but you came forward. “Your love for your brothers and sisters and, clearly, your love for your country has been demonstrated by your actions. “Today, it brings me pleasure to say to each and every one of you ‘thank you for all that you have done and what you will continue to do’. Your communities need you and your country is blessed to have you.”





LET’S PULL TOGETHER – After thanking the volunteers of Hurricane Dorian during a special service of appreciation on Thursday, Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources and Member of Parliament for Marco City, the Hon. Michael Pintard said there are still many residents who need assistance, and we need to come together despite political affiliation or religious denomination to help each other. (BIS Photo/Lisa Davis)





GRATEFUL HEART – Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture and Member of Parliament for Central Grand Bahama, the Hon. Iram Lewis on Thursday said he thanked those who volunteered before, during and after Hurricane Dorian with a “grateful heart.” Minister Lewis was present at the Ministry of Disaster Preparedness, Management and Reconstruction and the Grand Bahama Disaster Consultative Committee Service of Appreciation for the volunteers of Hurricane Dorian. (BIS Photo/Lisa Davis)




VOLUNTEERS RECOGNIZED – Many volunteers were recognized for their efforts before, during and following Hurricane Dorian that ravaged Grand Bahama and Abaco in September, 2019. A Service of Appreciation was held on Thursday at Calvary Temple Assemblies of God. Shown with some of the volunteers are Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources, the Hon. Michael Pintard; Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, the Hon. Iram Lewis and Minister of State for Disaster Preparedness, Management and Reconstruction, the Hon. Pakesia Parker-Edgecombe along with Administrators and other senior government officials and corporate Grand Bahama. (BIS Photo/Lisa Davis)