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Bahamas National Neighbourhood Watch Council Receives $5,000 from Oaktree Medical Center to Help Combat Crime

“Neighbours in The Bahamas watch out for each other; we are the eyes and ears for the Royal Bahamas Police Force, our main partner in the neighbourhood watch programme,” expressed Mr. Keno Wong, National Chairman, Bahamas National Neighbourhood Watch Council (NNWC) during a check presentation at Oaktree Medical Center.

“As an organization, we seek to partner with corporate Bahamas and local citizens who can help to support the efforts of neighbourhood watch programmes. It is truly a special day for us to partner with Oaktree Medical Center to bring an awareness of the NNWC and help with funding for the purchase of much needed community patrol vests and shirts for our community walks,” said Wong.

From left: Justin Johnson, President, Blair Estates, NNWC Executive, SAA; Keno Wong, National Chairman, NNWC; Renee Davis, Vice President, Millennium Gardens, NNWC Protocol, Dr. Don D. Deveaux, Oaktree Medical Center, Medical Director; and Randy Hanna, NNWC President, Centerville Overtown.

Though crime was slightly reduced in 2020 due to stringent lockdown measures enforced by the government in an effort to curtail the spread of COVID-19, overall, the county in recent years has experienced social decline in communities across the archipelago. The old adage, ‘it takes a village’ remains true thankfully with an uptick of subdivisions and neighbourhoods joining Neighbourhood Watch programmes.

“We realise when we have communities that come together and partner, we can fight this disease called crime. We are excited to now have 152 watch groups here in New Providence, Grand Bahama, Abaco and Eleuthera with Exuma on the way soon,” said Wong.

Mr. Keno Wong, Bahamas National Chairman, NNWC

Oaktree Medical Center Director, Dr. Don D. Deveaux underscored the need for corporate Bahamas to join in the fight by supporting causes to bring reform and healing to the community at large.

“Oaktree being a pillar in the community is happy to partner with NNWC to fulfil our mandate to make every community stronger. Right now, we are seeing social decay, we are seeing the breakdown of our communities due to many factors. It is time to get back to the basics, to the foundation, our roots, to build this nation up, one community at a time,” he expressed.

Dr. Don D. Deveaux, Oaktree Medical Center, Medical Director

Established in 2018, the NNWC is a platform through which citizens and residents participate in activities which strengthen the security of their respective communities. The Council, made up of neighborhood watch group leaders and civil society provide evidence-based crime prevention support, and guidance, to existing neighborhood watch programmes.

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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iYES Foundation Receives $320,000 from Oaktree Medical Center for Establishment of International Youth Education & Sports Facility

Nassau, THE BAHAMAS – “That 13-year old today on the path to illiteracy, in five years could possibly be an angry 18-year old man with one or two things in his hand, a gun or a knife,”expressed Mr. Marvin Henfield, Executive Director of the International Youth Education & Sports (iYES) Foundation. “This partnership with Oaktree Medical Center will allow the iYES Foundation to begin to mitigate some of the social demise we are experiencing.”

His comments resonated loudly, as the country continues to experience increased levels of social decay due to many young adults feeling hopeless, coupled with the sharp economic downturn and joblessness due to COVID-19 pandemic. However, the solutions to these massive challenges are not insurmountable when hope, vision and generosity intertwine.

With a passion for the community and supporting Bahamian youth, Oaktree Medical Center’s Medical Director, Dr. Don D. Deveaux and General Manager, Mrs. Kristi Deveaux partnered with the iYES Foundation for a sizable donation of $320,000 for the establishment of an indoor 8,500 square foot YMCA style, technology enhanced learning and sports facility primarily developed for inner city youths in New Providence.

From left: Mr. Jabari Wilmott, iYES Foundation Assistant Director of Development; iYES Foundation Executive Director, Mr. Marvin Henfield; Mrs. Jesse Hinsey, iYES Foundation Board Secretary; iYES Foundation Board Chairman, Mr. Peter Rutherford; Oaktree Medical Center Medical Director, Dr. Don D. Deveaux; and Oaktree Medical Center General Manager - Mrs. Kristi Deveaux.

“For us this is a game changer, this allows us to be able to manifest our vision of creating the first YMCA style facility here in The Bahamas and gives us the ability to touch thousands of lives on a weekly basis. In the 80s, we were taught as kids to say ‘no’ to drugs but they never taught us what to say ‘yes’ to,” Henfield noted.

The “I say YES” after school programme is designed to teach kids to say ‘yes’ to their dreams, ‘yes’ to their future, ‘yes’ to their purpose and ‘yes’ to their education. The space will provide year-round academic assistance, training and development for young men and women to help them develop physically, socially and spiritually.

Oaktree General Manager Mrs. Kristi Deveaux shared her appreciation for the opportunity to partner with the iYES Foundation on this project. “We believe in the vision of the Foundation and are grateful to be able to step alongside you. Dr. Deveaux and I decided to take this leap because we want to be connected to something that is a refuge for young people. We understand as a child what it was like to struggle at times, however, we were able to make it out and given a chance to succeed. As a result, we want to do the same for children who might not have anyone else to provide a safe haven for them,” she expressed.

iYES Board members with Oaktree Medical Director Dr. Don D. Deveaux

Chairman of the iYES Foundation Board, Mr. Peter Rutherford reflected on how, many of the iYES Board members and associated partners are former athletes who benefited from the community and are now able to give back to the same community that blessed them. He also expressed his gratitude to the Deveaux’s for their generous donation.

“To the principles of Oaktree Medical Center, it is with a gracious heart that we accept this gift. It is not normal that we see partners step up in such a generous manner and to that we say thank you. Rest assured that stewardship and accountability is the mantra by which we will carry out our duties,” expressed Rutherford.

Medical Director Dr. Don D. Deveaux lamented the pains and challenges he sees in the community due to societal decay, the pandemic and current economic downturn.

“During this pandemic, so many children are suffering and as a result, here at Oaktree we are not trying to just treat the medical side, we are treating the community. We want to be a pillar in our community to help people. For us, we asked the question, what is the next big investment? It is not another hotel or technology; it is actually investing in the human soul. That to us, is the most important investment we can actually make in the community. As Bahamians, we must come together and save this nation at this critical time. I want to encourage corporate Bahamas to continue to sow into the worthy causes which support and uplift our young people,” said Dr. Deveaux.

About the iYES Foundation

The iYES Foundation is a registered non-profit in The Bahamas which teaches sports fundamentals and life skills to young men and women ages 5-21 years of age. By building brighter futures through education and sports, the Foundation has trained, mentored and shared the Gospel of Jesus Christ with more than 8,000 youth to date. The iYes facility will be located on Tonique Darling Highway.

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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