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Apr
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Transformative Power of Education and Affirmation - Oaktree Supports Bahamas Primary School Student of the Year Awards

Nassau, THE BAHAMAS – “The prize at that time was an ice cream cake, trophy and a medal,” recalled the 1998 St. Thomas More Catholic Primary School nominee and 4th runner up of the prestigious Bahamas Primary School Student of the Year (BPSSY) Foundation award Mrs. Stankisha Pinder. “Words cannot truly express how proud I felt at that age, I was so excited to just be acknowledged.”

Twenty-five years later, Pinder serves as the Vice President of Communications for the BPSSY Foundation and recently appointed Foundation Board of Directors. She, like hundreds of past nominees demonstrate how the transformative power of education and positive affirmation can reap long-term benefits for students. “To now be part of this great foundation and see its progression over the years is heart-warming. The growth is evident, students are now eligible to receive a scholarship or even a laptop,” explained Pinder.

In partnership with the Nassau Bahamas Pan-Hellenic Council, the BPSSY Foundation has awarded more than $1.9 million in scholarship and prizes to over 2,800 primary school students. In January, pursuant to the 2019 Non-Profit Organizations Act, the BPSSY Foundation received its Certificate of Registration as a duly registered Non-Profit Organization in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas. The growth and success of the foundation, according to Dr. Ricardo Deveaux, BPSSY Foundation President & CEO is directly tied to continued, strong partnerships with corporate Bahamas including its relationship with Oaktree Medical Center.

From left: Dr. Don D. Deveaux, Medical Director, Oaktree Medical Center; Mrs. Elizabeth Longley, Human Resources Director, Oaktree Medical Center; Dr. Ricardo P. Deveaux, President and CEO, Bahamas Primary School

“Looking back over these twenty-five years, I am very thankful that we have maintained momentum and advanced the foundation through strong partners with community leaders like Dr. Don Deveaux and Kristi Deveaux of Oaktree who, have again joined us as the second highest sponsor. Their contribution positively impacts the lives of young people in this nation, who might not otherwise be recognized and saluted,” expressed CEO Deveaux.

Focused on family values, while providing shade for the community, Oaktree Center Medical Director Dr. Don D. Deveaux lauded the organizers of the BPSSY Foundation for the work they are doing to consistently uplift young, well-rounded students.

“I remember first hearing about this programme in the late 90’s and thought it was a brilliant concept to take time out to shine a light on amazing young children trying to make something of themselves. Here at Oaktree, we are doing our best to give back to the community, this is one sure way to uplift and support Bahamian students. The question Mrs. Deveaux and I often ask ourselves is, ‘if we don’t do it, who is going to do it?’ We want to be a spark which will encourage others to support the Bahamas Primary School Student of the Year Foundation and other organizations doing great work in our community,” explained Dr. Deveaux.

A cheque for $10,000 was recently donated to the Foundation from Oaktree Medical Center. In June 2021, the awards programme will recognize another exceptional 100 primary school students.

About the Bahamas Primary School Student of the Year Awards Programme

Bahamas Primary School Student of the Year Awards Programme is the premier national awards recognition programme for 6th graders in The Bahamas designed to salute the achievements of exceptional scholars.

About Oaktree Medical Center

Oaktree Medical Center (OMC), a world-class medical facility provides high quality, holistic, patient-centred, affordable medical services in a safe, caring environment. They provide customized care to meet the needs of each patient and health condition. OMC is focused on family values and its doors are open to serve the community.

31
Mar
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Building Christian Character Through Athletics - Oaktree Medical Center Supports DTSP Wolf Pack

Nassau, THE BAHAMAS –Development of Technique, Speed and Power (DTSP) this according to track coach Mr. Larry Clarke, is the essence of running and the ethos of his track club for youth focused on discipline, character development and family unity. In his running days, Coach Clarke transitioned from being a sprinter to a middle distance runner, he now aptly coaches young adults interested in the 100 to 3000 meters.

“We want our athletes to be in a wholesome environment, so in 2013, we took a core of seven persons and called them the ‘Magnificent Seven’ and started the club. We are now 32 strong,” explained Mrs. Gail Clarke, Secretary for DTSP Wolf Pack Track Club.

On April 10th 2021, the DTSP Wolf Pack Track Club will host its 4th annual track and field classic and will introduce an under 17 and under 20 male and female mixed relay. The organizers are pleased that despite the challenges faced by the COVID-19 pandemic, the club, through the generosity of corporate Bahamas is able to host this year’s race. Oaktree Medical Center, with a donation of $10,000 is the Title Sponsor for the upcoming event.

From left: Mrs. Gail Clarke, Secretary, DTSP Wolf Pack Track Club; Mr. Larry Clarke, Head Coach, DTSP Wolf Pack Track Club; Mrs. Elizabeth Longley, Human Resources Director, Oaktree Medical Center; and Dr. Don D. Deveaux, Medical Director, Oaktree Medical Center.

“As we launch this year’s event, to have a Title Sponsor such as Oaktree means a whole lot. We are looking forward to partnering more with Oaktree Medical Center in the years to come,” expressed Coach Clarke.

Grounded in Christian principles, the club focuses on training and developing young athletes while preparing them for life and academic success.

“The club came out of a group from Holy Cross Parish, we always participated in the Anglican track meets and saw some really good and budding athletes. In order for us to continue to support young aspiring athletes, corporate giving remains extremely important. In fact, we could not host this track meet if it were not for our sponsors. Their giving provides the support we need to celebrate our athletes,” said Mrs. Clarke.

For Oaktree Center’s Medical Director Dr. Don D. Deveaux, the decision to become the Title Sponsor was solidified once learning of the track club’s quest for character development.

“Here at Oaktree, we are about building the community, once there is a stable community, we will have a better life. We were pleased to see that the Wolf Pack is a church based initiative, focused on building character, not just physically but spiritually. To us, that is extremely important,” he expressed.

Over the years, Coach Clarke and his team have mentored young men and women with raw talent who just needed training, development and someone to believe in them.

“We truly pride ourselves in what we do at Wolf Pack, all of our kids have access to college because of the door athletics and academics have opened for them. It is rewarding for me to work with these young people. Lamont Moss came to Wolf Pack years ago, not a strong sprinter however, with training and discipline, he has progressed tremendously. Today, he is one of the top sprinters in the country and now team Captain,” said Coach Clarke. 

For Oaktree Medical Center’s founder and his team, “an investment in the community is an investment in the future and we are proud of the work of Mr. and Mrs. Clarke and the tangible way they are touching the lives of our next generation,” expressed Dr. Deveaux.

About DTSP Wolf Pack Track Club

Founded in 2013, DTSP Wolf Pack Track Club seeks to support and advance the sport of track and field in The Bahamas while building strong minds and bodies. This is possible by cultivating and maintaining an organised, productive, and training environment that builds both athletic and academic success.

About Oaktree Medical Center

Oaktree Medical Center (OMC), a world-class medical facility provides high quality, holistic, patient-centred, affordable medical services in a safe, caring environment. They provide customized care to meet the needs of each patient and health condition. OMC is focused on family values and its doors are open to serve the community.

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