Great Bay: As a continuation of this year’s International Men’s Day activities the Department of Community Development, Family & Humanitarian Affairs (CDFHA) and the St. Maarten Academy PSVE joined forces to host an all-male panel discussion under the theme “Things I wished my father taught me” for its male students on Wednesday November 23 2022 from 8am-10.30am. International Men’s Day, is observed annually on November 19, is a day to promote positive role models, raise awareness and draw attention to the issues affecting men and boys and their wellbeing. The panel featured several community leaders namely Mr. Clifton Wilson, Mr. Mauricio Dembrook and Mr. Sjorensly Valies and moderated by Mr. Riegnald “Bakari” Arrindell. Also, Mr. Valies discussed the importance of exercising self-control (thoughts and actions) and implored the young men not to ignore their mental health. He reminded the audience of their unique ability to make their dreams come through providing they create a plan for their lives.
In his presentation on “Starting & managing a family business” by Mr. Mauricio Dembrook stressed on the importance of developing a strong work ethic, mastering ones unique skillset and shared the ins and outs of working for one’s self and dispelled the myths about being one’s own boss. Mr. Dembrook also encouraged students to acquire the requisite knowledge and skills to add value to the work place, family, school and other areas of their lives. Additionally, Mr. Valies & Mr. Wilson highlighted the virtues of volunteerism & activism to improve the quality of life of others and to make a difference in their respective communities. They called on the young men to join a foundation to support worthy causes. The Men’s Day panel discussion sought to bridge the gap between in class learning and real world experience and inspire them to become self-motivated leaders. The Department of Community Development, Family & Humanitarian Affairs wishes to thank the Management, staff and students of the Academy PSVE for its support and assistance in making the International Men’s Day project a huge success.