St. Vincent, Diaspora in mourning

By Gerald V. Paul

The consul general of St. Vincent and the Grenadines says there have been overwhelming prayers and support from across the Caribbean and here in Toronto on the recent mini bus accident in North Winward constituency which left five students dead, two missing and put 14 in hospital.

Fitzgerald Huggins told The Camera immediately after the crash last month that “as a representative of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, it had a serious effect on me. Yes, I cried. I have worked in the area and I know how hardworking the residents are, even the students are up at 5 a.m. to be off to school. These beloved students are our future.”

Huggins said one family lost two sons.

Members of the Toronto-based St. Vincent and the Grenadines and the Caribbean-Canadian communities met at Wesley Chapel Free Methodist Church last Sunday to remember and celebrate the lives of the students lost in the crash.

Huggins revealed the government there has provided a new school bus and will take care of a part of the other students’ education.

He said teams from the ministries of education and national mobilization were organized to go into the communities of Owia and Fancy, as well as at the North Union Secondary School, where the majority of students who lost their lives in the accident or were injured attended classes.

Huggins once again extended condolences to the families who lost their loved ones and wished a speedy recovery for those who were injured.

Seven people remain at Milton Cato Memorial Hospital, three children and four adults. They remain in stable condition.  At Georgetown Hospital, one of the four patients admitted has been transferred to Milton Cato Hospital in Kingston.

Huggins said Dr. Jozelle Miller, health psychologist in the ministry of health, has confirmed that the patients at Milton Cato Memorial Hospital are stable and doing well. Miller is assisted by three counselors who are providing support at the hospital, as well as to those who come to view their deceased family members.

Huggins said the 20/20 South Africa Series will be dedicated to the people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Gerald V. Paul
Gerald V. Paul