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.
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.
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.