PHILIPSBURG:--- As a continuation of this year’s International Men’s Day activities the Department of Community Development, Family & Humanitarian Affairs (CDFHA) and the St. Maarten Academy PSVE joined forces to host an all-male panel discussion under the theme “Things I wished my father taught me” for its male students on Wednesday, November 23, 2022, from 8 am-10.30 am. International Men’s Day, is observed annually on November 19, is a day to promote positive role models, raise awareness and draw attention to the issues affecting men and boys and their wellbeing. The panel featured several community leaders namely Mr. Clifton Wilson, Mr. Mauricio Dembrook, and Mr. Sjorensly Valies, and was moderated by Mr. Riegnald “Bakari” Arrindell. Also, Mr. Valies discussed the importance of exercising self-control (thoughts and actions) and implored the young men not to ignore their mental health. He reminded the audience of their unique ability to make their dreams come through providing they create a plan for their lives.
From left to right: Mr. Mauricio Dembrook, Mr. Riegnald Arrindell, Mr. Sjorensly Valies, and Mr. Clifton Wilson
In his presentation on “Starting & managing a family business” by Mr. Mauricio Dembrook stressed the importance of developing a strong work ethic, mastering one unique skillset and sharing the ins and outs of working for one’s self, and dispelling the myths about being one’s own boss. Mr. Dembrook also encouraged students to acquire the requisite knowledge and skills to add value to the workplace, family, school, and other areas of their lives. Additionally, Mr. Valies & Mr. Wilson highlighted the virtues of volunteerism & activism to improve the quality of life of others and to make a difference in their respective communities. They called on the young men to join a foundation to support worthy causes. The Men’s Day panel discussion sought to bridge the gap between in-class learning and real-world experience and inspire them to become self-motivated leaders. The Department of Community Development, Family & Humanitarian Affairs wishes to thank the Management, staff and students of the Academy PSVE for its support and assistance in making the International Men’s Day project a huge success.