MARIGOT–President Daniel Gibbs organised a ceremony in the Sandy Ground Cultural Centre Thursday evening to honour five persons from the teaching profession who have decided to retire.
With the assistance of Third Vice-President for Education Annick Petrus, they were each presented with gifts for their immense contribution to the community.
The recipients were Arts Teacher Nadine Ducroq, former teacher and trainer Louis Fleming, Director of the Nina Duverly School Joseline Prudent, Principal of the French Quarter College 3 Daniel Gumbs, and Principal of the Cité Scolaire Robert Weinum Frantz Gumbs.
President Gibbs gave an overview of the careers of each, with the odd mistake here and there, before the recipients were toasted with champagne.
Louis Fleming worked for 40 years in National Education, 10 years of which was spent training teachers. He noted he had trained Vice-President Petrus and the Mussington brothers. Gibbs also remarked on Fleming’s love for football and his contribution to sports. Fleming was a Territorial Councillor in the late Aline Hanson’s majority party.
On Frantz Gumbs, Gibbs noted he entered politics in 2001 and in 2003 was a member of the committee studying the viability of the new status for St. Martin. Gumbs’ teaching career was interrupted in 2008 when he became President of the Territorial Council until 2012 after Louis-Constant Fleming was declared ineligible.
Gumbs was also very involved in community life, particularly with the Rotary Club. He noted 2017 marked his 43rd consecutive year in education.