Four Belvedere residents get Henry Lynch award

POSTED: 11/5/12 1:06 PM

St. Maarten -The third annual Belvedere Family Funday and James Henry Lynch Friendship Award Ceremony occurred over the weekend; four citizens were honored for their service as positive role models in the society. Recardo Groeneveldt, Angela Dore, Abigail Peterson and Dennis Aventurin were all handed crystal plaques by Belvedere Community Center President Jessica Richardson.
Richardson said that this year’s awardees were always supportive of every activity at the center and were generous donors as well. “Our role models are not perfect people. They are people of whom we saw what they are doing among the community and among their children. So we chose to highlight them, despite whatever, we appreciate them. We love the nominees that we have, each one is special and they have become like family,” Richardson explained.

The daughter- in-law of James Lynch, Nilda Arduin-Lynch said that family and fun were always important to the Lynch family. “The center has chosen some very important role models for the award this year. It is so important for us to recognize that role models are not those big names. But each one of us is a role model. It is important to recognize the efforts of our people and our ancestors.” She encouraged those gathered to “follow in the footsteps of those who have been nominated. Each of us is important in her or his way.”

Prime Minister Sarah Wescot- Williams lauded the community council’s recognition of persons who have contributed to the community. “Belvedere is one of the first housing developments that kept the community going. It is through the children that you get to the parents and through the parents that you get to the community. It is easy to tell people to love St. Maarten and show their colors but it all starts in the community.” “Our history is so filled with persons who have done so much for St. Maarten. We need to be proud and recognize that fact because they have left their mark,” she added.

Newly inducted president of the Belvedere Home Owners and Tenants Association Reginald Willemsberg was also at the ceremony. He pledged to continue working with the community council to make the area “the best community in St. Maarten.”
James Henry Lynch was described as someone who always believed that everyone deserved to own and build their home. A statue in his honor stands in the center of Belvedere, a stone’s throw away from the community center.

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