Minister Burch Thanks Major Sandra Stokes

December 7, 2020 | 0 Comments

The Salvation Army’s Major Sandra Stokes “left an indelible mark on our island home,” Minister of Public Works Lt/Col David Burch said adding that what has been accomplished would not have been possible without her “drive, passion and faith.”

The Minister was speaking at the farewell service held in honour of Major Sandra Stokes at the Salvation Army North Street Citadel.

Minister Burch said, “Good morning church. To Major Sandra Stokes, the officers and members of the Salvation Army, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen.

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“Thank you for this opportunity to bring remarks to Major Stokes as she completes her tenure as Divisional Commander of the Salvation Army here in Bermuda.

“I first met the Major in February 2019, which was not too long after her arrival. I could immediately sense her passion and faith was strong, and that she was dedicated to the Salvation Army belief that each individual possesses an inherent worth and dignity, and the goal of restoring dignity and hope in the lives of those in times of need.

“I remember us discussing many items including spending some time on the lack of financial support by successive governments over many years, to the work of the Salvation Army, the need to renew the outdated MOU between our organizations and the urgent need to sort out the physical structures at the shelter facility on North Street.

“I can say without a doubt, that after our meeting, I was quite impressed with the Major and thinking to myself that she was a perfect fit for her role within the Salvation Army here in Bermuda. Her direct approach was very refreshing in my line of work – as I much prefer plain speak.

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“At that first meeting, the seed was planted and Major Stokes continually advocated until all 3 were achieved to ensure that the Salvation Army would be in the position to provide the men and women in need of shelter and support a safe place for refuge.

“Ultimately, as it pertains to the needs of Bermuda’s vulnerable and indigent community, this Government’s primary objective is to ensure that the men and women in need of shelter and support have a safe place. As a result, it is a partnership with the Salvation Army – and we are all in this together.

“If anyone here today has the opportunity, and have not done so, I would encourage you to visit the Salvation Army Shelter adjacent to TCD and take a look at the improvements.

“Significant work, including the replacement of roofs, repairs to walls and foundations, and extensive plumbing and electrical work have been completed.

“Two residential buildings housing the men and women of the Shelter have been remodeled and refurbished, and the central building housing the Administration staff, common areas, and the kitchen were repaired. This is just the beginning as additional funds have been budgeted this year for further structural improvements.

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“Major Stokes, I can say without a doubt that what has been accomplished in less than 2 years would not have been possible without your drive, passion and faith in the Lord and commitment to the Bermuda Salvation Army.

“And so on behalf of the Premier, the Government, and the people of Bermuda, you have my sincere thanks and appreciation.

“And now as you complete your tenure and relocate to the Head Office for the Canada & Bermuda Territory in Toronto, rest assured you have left an indelible mark on our island home and for that, we will be forever grateful.

“We wish you God’s richest blessings, good health and success in your future endeavors. Thank you.”

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