Wishing Wismar well
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me – Philippians 4:13.
ONCE AGAIN, thanks to those were responsible for inviting Den Den and me to the reception held at the plush Fairmont Royal Pavilion Hotel, St James, last week in honour of the retirement of Insurance Corporation of Barbados (ICB) CEO and managing director Mr Wismar Greaves.
Speaker after speaker told of the impressive work done by the “no-nonsense” Greaves, who was lauded for his innovative ideas, which helped advance the local insurance industry.
Mr Greaves took over the management from Mr David Deane, who brought if from zero to $35 million and Mr Greaves continued from $35 million to $99 million (at his retirement).
He was the person who took ICB through privatization – which I am sure was not an easy task – but yet he did it.
It must be noted that during his 17 years as CEO and managing director he turned it around into a profitable organization.
I am sure that as a Christian, Mr Greaves put God first in all his endeavours. The company has not made a loss but, rather, from 1995 it made a profit and has paid its dividends.
During Mr Greaves’ reply, I was really touched for he was not afraid to let others know his past, which I think must be told more often by others so that our young people can be aware of the many struggles that many of us older persons had to go through.
He said that his father had an old bus (pickup) – L129 – and over a period of time it was giving trouble and his father replaced it with a newer one.
He then took over the old one, which he worked as a minibus, plying short routes from Bridgetown to the university and from Bridgetown to the Barbados Community College, which was located where the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre is now, and this was done while he was still a student at the university – he was ashamed to drive his old bus.
He took persons like attorney Patterson Cheltenham and the Chief Justice Marston Gibson on his old bus to the university many days without charge – that is the type of person he was.
I wish Mr Greaves a healthy and long retirement.
CFC Lenten Retreat: ME In God’s Mission
A reminder of the Lenten Day retreat that is being coordinated by the Christian Formation Commission for all Anglicans and Friends who desire a time of spiritual reflection as they journey through this period of Lent.
The retreat takes place on Saturday,?February 25, at Codrington College between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Our spiritual director this year will be the Canon Austin Carrington, addressing the theme Ministry + Evangelism = ME in God’s Mission.
Cost is $25 to cover lunch and break.
Please encourage those who are interested in attending to register.
The All?Saints Anglican Church will hold its barbecue on?Saturday, February 25, on the rectory grounds from 7:30 p.m.
The White Park Wesleyan Holiness Church invites the public to its harvest thanksgiving service and special crusade services, in celebration of its 100th year of establishment.
Harvest Sunday, February 26, at 9 a.m.
Special crusade services –?Sunday, February 26 at 6 p.m.
Monday, February 27 and Wednesday, February 28 at 7:15 p.m.
Guest speaker: Rev. Joseph Brathwaite, district superintendent of the Trinidad and Tobago?District of the Wesleyan Holiness Church.
• Friday, February 24: 7:30 p.m. Feast of St Matthias.
• Saturday, February 25, 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. – The Parish Retreat. The parish called to retreat, reflection, reconciliation and renewal. Speaker: Rev. Luther Johnson.
• Sunday, February 26: 8 a.m. Service of Renewal and Recommitment.
• 5 p.m. Hymnspeak. Worship leader Rev. Coleridge Darlington.