Consul General of Barbados in New York, Hon. Donna Hunte-Cox

Last year, Barbadians and friends of Barbados joined in the Golden Jubilee celebrations which lasted for one year. During that time, we gave pause to reflect on the past, examined the present, and crafted a vision for the future, mindful of those elements that are needed to help us to continue on the pathway that our forefathers paved for us. Many of us took the baton with pride, and did so with the full understanding that we must craft legacies that will stand the test of time.

This year, as Barbados celebrates the fiftyfirst Anniversary of Independence we pause to give God thanks and praise for the journey we have travelled so far and for his continued guidance for our beloved country Barbados. Though small in stature, we however, make our presence felt on the world stage. What is paramount is the quest to unleash the hidden potential in our citizens; especially our youth who are the leaders of tomorrow.

“We are aware that all of us are blessed with certain talents and we have huge hidden potential. But very few people realize the same. What are the stumbling blocks for realizing hidden human potential?...First of all, you have to believe in yourself strongly that you have the hidden powers so that you can explore and exploit the same towards success. Having firm belief in this and being passionate will remove any obstacles that arise on the way towards success.…”

Anne Frank, a German-Jewish writer is quoted as saying: “Everyone has inside himself a piece of good news! The good news is that you really don’t know how great you can be, how much you can love, what you can accomplish, and what your potential is!

As we continue to enjoy and celebrate Barbados in this fifty-first year, we have to establish guiding principles which can help to shape us towards positive growth and development, realizing our fullest potential. At the Consulate General of Barbados at New York, we continue to serve our community on a daily basis, providing the necessary information and guidance that is required; not only to the Barbadian diaspora, but also to the regional and international community, as we continue to make our presence felt. I look forward to the years ahead; for if every Barbadian took the advice of our Prime Minister, Freundel Stuart, to take some time for reflection and to bring to the fore all things positive for the development not only for our country but ourselves and our families, I am confident that we will begin to see a great change.