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A leader is a dealer in hope.
Napoleon Bonaparte

What an exciting weekend it was for the Progressive National Party (PNP), as delegates gathered from around the Turks and Caicos Islands for the convention.

The two great professionals who vied for the top post spoke volumes. It showed that good people are still ready to serve. These two are not looking for employment or a career which is common in politics today.  Both of these men have something to offer and we should be proud of them as Turks and Caicos Islanders.

I believe this is the appointed hour for both parties in our country to present the best, hard-working, intelligent and mature persons, who have demonstrated their concern and commitment to the well-being of our people and country.

I want to pause to say congratulations to all the new officers of the party and to wish them well as they lead the way for the next few years.  The power is in your hands and the responsibility on your shoulders. We are counting on you to create and speak hope and unity and work towards achieving goals for our people. The onus is on our leaders to speak out about the suffering in our country until someone listens and relief comes.

Our country has real needs. It is no longer only about the empowerment of our people but it is about the implementation of taxes, reduction  in budget provision for education, health and even  marketing of our country, which is especially vital now.

Speak out about the need for a comprehensive approach that gives people a voice in their own development. Talk about solutions for our current economic suffering. Try and revitalize our neighborhoods and encourage our people to take pride in our surroundings and encourage our people to volunteer their time, energy and resources in an effort to help those in need.

Encourage our people to become productive again, challenge our students to study and plan for their future.

Dr Ewing you have to lead the way and inspire us to rebuild and continue the modernization of our country. You have an awesome responsibility. Our people need leadership. You can transform the minds of our people. The population of the Turks and Caicos Islands is suffering from a recession and a depression. They need the voice of hope and they need to know that chosen leaders can be effective.  We all affect the people we meet, in one way or another. People sense our attitudes, and are affected by our thoughts, and vice versa. No one can make more of an impact than a leader.

The country will take its cue from you. In the midst of the struggles to demand an election, avoid increased taxation, insist on comprehensive and affordable education and health policies. You, our leader, MUST provide hope. Because of your actions and attitude, we the people of the Turks and Caicos Islands should believe it can and will be done.

You must both encourage and insist that our people apply themselves to do or to be the best that they can be on a national level. It is the duty of a leader to inspire his people.  Encourage innovation and an enterprise culture, especially in this economy.

Speak to our people and motivate them to get up and try harder than the last time to find a job. We need to hear from someone who is speaking about great possibilities so we can be inspired.
Let our people know that it is important to make changes in life, let them know that it is not an option but a necessity. Leaders instill in their people a hope for success and a belief in themselves. Positive leaders empower people to accomplish their goals.

It is the job of the leader to convince us that we can choose and we can change; that we as a people can challenge and change the structures and institutions that deny us our wholeness and dishonor the sacredness and unity of life.

Footnote:
I am reminded of the devotions on Saturday morning before the business session of the party, it was one of the events I enjoyed most.  The singing was like healing for the soul and the word by Rev Dr Conrad Howell on the theme “Moving Forward Together” will always be a command I remember, and one I am determined that we adhere to and put into action.

Dr Howell said (and I paraphrase), “we can create a new paradigm and it must be dedicated to preserving the dignity of life rather than winning at any cost and or further dividing us as a people.”
Remember, if everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.

Lillian Boyce is a former Deputy Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands and a prominent businesswoman.