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25
Nov
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Oaktree Medical Center Donates To RBDF Veterans

Defence Headquarters, 25 NOV. ‘21 (RBDF): Members of the Oaktree Medical Center recently paid a visit to the Commander Defence Force, Commodore Dr. Raymond King, where they presented a monetary donation of $15,000 to assist RBDF Veterans on November 24th, 2021 at Defence Headquarters, John F. Kennedy Drive. As the organization continues to enforce the Commander Defence Force, Commodore Raymond King’s strategic objective of strengthening and improving the lives of the Veterans and Retirees, the donation was well received by the RBDF Veteran’s Affairs Office and the RBDF Veteran’s Association (RBDFVA).

Dr. Don Deveaux, Medical Director at Oaktree Medical in his brief remarks shared why he returned home and what he shared in common with the Defence Force. Stating how immediately upon completion of his fellowship training he returned home eager to serve. He relates to the Defence Force stating “There are a lot of similarities [we share], hardworking, disciplined, service and love of country. This is why I came back home.” He went on to express the importance of the donation.

“When I think of community, I want community to be synonymous with Oaktree Medical Center…So this is just a small token of appreciation from a son of the soil saying we appreciate you guys. It’s not about the finances, it’s actually about relationship building, community building and making a better Bahamas.”

The RBDF Veterans Affairs Officer, Lieutenant Commander Judy McDonald, and President of the Veterans Association, Chief Petty Officer (Retired) Harold Bosfield, whose offices work in tandem, both took a moment to express their deep appreciation for the donation made which will benefit the veterans.

Commodore King, who received the donation, spoke briefly and expressed why a dedicated section for Defence Force veterans was necessary.

“Some of the veterans were facing challenges. It was critical that we established a Veterans Affairs Office. There are some initiatives that we are looking at from an organizational perspective, some proposals have been put through to the government to make things a lot better for them.”

He implied that the work that the Defence Force accomplishes today will be beneficial for all the members in the future and stressed the importance of establishing systems and mechanisms for the smooth transition of all members to becoming veterans and retirees. Also in attendance was the Human Resources Director at the Oaktree Medical Center, Mrs. Elizabeth Longley, RBDF Welfare and Morale Officer, Senior Lieutenant Elvis Bullard, and Mrs. Prenell Henfield, Secretary for the Royal Bahamas Defence Force Veterans Association. The Royal Bahamas Defence Force remains committed to strengthening relationships with stakeholders and the community at large while “Guarding our Heritage”

Photos and press release credit: The Royal Bahamas Defence Force https://www.facebook.com/RBDFMIL

24
Nov
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Oaktree Medical Center Spreads Joy to Children Impacted by COVID-19

$10,000 Donation to Royal Bahamas Police Force National Crime Prevention

Nassau, The Bahamas – “I see the community as our biggest investors and so, like any company, when you have investors, stakeholders, shareholders, there comes a time when you have to pay dividends. As a result, for me, this is just us paying back dividends to the community,” explains Oaktree Medical Center Dr. Don D. Deveaux.

Oaktree, known for its community activism and generosity, recently donated $10,000 to the Royal Bahamas Police Force National Crime Prevention Office for its annual tree lighting ceremony under the theme, “Celebrating the Gift of Peace and Hope” set for 3rd December 2021 at Police Headquarters.

“As a fellow first responder, the Royal Bahamas Police Force’s holiday focus this year celebrates the gifts of peace and hope; the word ‘hope’ stood out to me because during this challenging pandemic, many have lost their lives. These are men and women who risk their lives on a daily basis to save us and to make sure our communities are safe, for us here at Oaktree it is only the right thing to do,” said Dr. Deveaux.

From left: Elizabeth Longley, Director of Human Resources, Oaktree Medical Center; Dr. Don D. Deveaux, Medical Director, Oaktree Medical Center; Superintendent Anthony Rolle, Royal Bahamas Police Force and Director, National Crime Prevention Office. 

Thirty-year veteran of the Royal Bahamas Police Force Superintendent Anthony Rolle and Director of the National Crime Prevention Office reflected on the challenging year the country has faced due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the efforts made by the Force to assist the community.

“Last year, during the pandemic the Commissioner of Police and the team went into communities during the height of the lockdowns when so many persons were in need. Many questioned if this should be done, given the risks but he saw it necessary, as a man with a caring heart. We were able to do several food drives, gave out vouchers and during back to school we were able to hand out school supplies. Thanks to the generosity of corporate Bahamas and tapping into our limited police resources, it really touched the lives of many people. By meeting the needs of the community, it actually helped to reduce crime,” Superintendent Rolle explained.

Funds donated for this year’s holiday event will directly support and uplift children ages 1-12 of fallen police officers who died as a result of COVID-19. “We've been doing tree lighting for more than 20 years. During this time, we try to cater children in different sectors and for this year, during the pandemic many children were not allowed to come out. Unfortunately, the police force is no exception to the ravages of COVID-19 and sadly several officers passed away over the past two years. As a result, we will focus on the fallen officer’s children,” he explained. The $10,000 donation from Oaktree Medical Center will bring joy to children still in mourning and provide a ray of hope during the holiday season.

From left: Tameka Neely, Police Constable 3992, Royal Bahamas Police Force; Superintendent Anthony Rolle, Royal Bahamas Police Force and Director, National Crime Prevention Office; Leonard Ramsey, ASP, Royal Bahamas Police Force 

Funds donated for this year’s holiday event will directly support and uplift children ages 1-12 of fallen police officers who died as a result of COVID-19. “We've been doing tree lighting for more than 20 years. During this time, we try to cater children in different sectors and for this year, during the pandemic many children were not allowed to come out. Unfortunately, the police force is no exception to the ravages of COVID-19 and sadly several officers passed away over the past two years. As a result, we will focus on the fallen officer’s children,” he explained. The $10,000 donation from Oaktree Medical Center will bring joy to children still in mourning and provide a ray of hope during the holiday season.

“It is important for the Royal Bahamas Police Force to have support from the community and corporate Bahamas as we all have a role to play. The police cannot fight crime on their own and cannot be everywhere and at all times so our crime fighting initiative depends on the support of corporate Bahamas and the Bahamas at large. This donation is going to go a long way and we want to say thank you to Oaktree Medical Center. Dr. Deveaux has such a generous heart and I pray that God will continue to prosper him and the business. We thank Oaktree Medical Center for the continued partnership,” thanked Superintendent Rolle.

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