Sunday, July 27th, was graduation day for the Lay Community Health Workers. This ceremony took place at the same school where training occurs. The health workers organized the entire affair. They planned the program and selected the decorations. They even decided to wear a similar outfit: a pink shirt and a dark skirt. Local persons supplied the snacks and refreshments.
The Lay Community Health Workers entered via a procession down the center aisle and took their seats on the stage. The Mistress of Ceremony was Dr. Delpech. The health workers opened the program by singing the Grenadian National Anthem, followed by the invocation by Precious Ezeamama, one of the students who are part of the project team.
Rebecca Jerome, Krystal Forsyth, and Shamel Julien, all health workers, contributed a special song, a poem, and the class speech respectively. Dr. Clarice Modeste gave the Congratulatory Speech. Her talk focused on the importance of this event in Grenada. She believes that these health workers will have a positive impact on health care, both in Grenada and possibly throughout the Caribbean.
Following the address by Dr. Modeste, the Lay Community Health Workers were presented with their Certificates of Completion by Karen Callaghan. After receiving their certificates, each worker had a picture taken with Drs. Modeste
and Delpech. Then Sister Shelia DeSilva, the community liaison for this project,
led the health workers in the pledge that they wrote for this occasion. The thrust of this pledge is that they should be faithful to the ideals of community work and their community.
The ceremony concluded with a group song selected by the Lay Community Health Workers. Concluding remarks were offered by Judy Ann Andall, a new lay community health worker. At the completion of the event, the health workers were presented with their uniforms, a set of “scrubs.”
The health workers came together as a group through the planning of this affair. They have bonded and exhibit great collective maturity. As a result, they appear to be ready to face the challenges of community work. I cannot imagine that ten better persons could have been chosen. Now the members of Coast Guard have a group of very dedicated women to look after their health.