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Buildings were finished. I saw more faculty hired than ever before. We had a new standardized patient lab built. We all enjoyed the progress. When the hurricanes hit last year, we started to be affected because most of our students are from Puerto Rico. We saw a very low enrollment in January. That is what happened.
I am still here because I believe in our school and I believe in the Akande family. They have had meetings with us, sent emails, and Dr. Akande is always available in her office, or you can talk to her when she is walking around the campus. Mr. Akande has put so much technology into our school that everyone can be reached at any time. We have an overload of information. Sometimes, if necessary, employees go to talk to Dr. Akande at her dental office in town. I can say that they are still trying to help us through this period.
Then I noted the attacks on Dr. Akande’s Christianity. A few years ago, I met a homeless man that she took off the street and helped to get on his feet. Right now, as I write, the Akandes have a young lady living with them from Gray’s Farm that they support through college. We all see this young lady at the school when she comes home.
She is an A student. The Akandes started the Free Clinic in English Harbour. That clinic has treated, I believe close to 600 people for free. We, the employees can also go there for treatment. How many of us have done any of this? The attacks on Dr. Akande’s Christianity and on her son need to stop. This is a business just like any other business. Things happen.
The administration has told us that they are working on all of this and that and our present situation should turn around shortly. Yes, it is difficult. We all understand that. But I have been here for many years, and I have been a part of the growth and improvements. I have enjoyed working here, and I am not moving.
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