Hello Virgin Islands, I am Marlon Penn, Representative for the Eight Electoral District, and I would like to take this opportunity to wish all the visitors and residents of the Virgin Islands and their families, especially those in District 8, a Merry Christmas and prosperous 2015.
Christmas is a time to reflect on the entire year.
The year 2014, was not one without its challenge, from the ongoing global economic Crisis which continues to have an impact on our local economy, to the challenges faced by our main economic pillar (Financial Services and Tourism).
However, despite these challenges our Premier in his leadership has strengthened our economy and secured our future, thus giving us a bright outlook for 2015.
Despite the many challenges, we may have faced throughout the past year, there is still much to be thankful for.
Thankful that God continues to bestow his blessings and mercies on these beautiful islands, as we were yet again spared the impact of any major storms, we were able to maintain stability in our economy, with Financial Services remaining strong and overnight Tourism on the rise and thankful that we have made it to the end of another year.
As I look forward to 2015, I am optimistic that we can all have great expectations of a year of renewal, hope, giving, helping and sharing.
I am optimistic that our economy will continue to grow and that we will continue to work together as a people to build an ideal Virgin Islands.
I look forward with optimism, that as true Virgin Islanders we can offer each other forgiveness, tolerance, charity, and respect for each other and that we can continue to be a people of great strength and resilience.
So as we forge ahead to 2015 with a renewed strength and purpose let us not forget the less fortunate amongst us.
Let us, in true Virgin Islands spirit, offer a consoling word to those in need and where possible a helping hand. Let us have tenderness for the past courage for the present, and hope for the future, and may every cup overflow with rich blessings.
May you touch every life you meet and may your Christmas be filled with moments of love, laughter, and goodwill.
So again, I would like to wish to all our visitors and residents, especially those residing in District 8 that this Christmas ends the present year on a cheerful note and makes way for a bright and Prosperous 2015.
May the spirit of Christmas bring you peace, hope, and warmth, and may God’s love surround your families and this beloved Territory, this Christmas and always.