Let’s Cruise for Lesley – Remembering the Father of Independence’s Daughter
Our dear friend died in August 2008, very suddenly, leaving many of her friends in shock and disbelief. While we have all experienced the passing of good friends, most cannot recall a farewell that left us so unprepared to accept the loss of a person who gave much to so many in very tangible ways.
As we met over the past months to celebrate her life and unique friendship, exchanging Lesley stories and memories, a group of her friends started to brainstorm and ultimately, began a journey that we hope will take us to a path of sharing and giving back, in memory of Lesley. We vowed to do something to positively impact Caribbean heritage, building on her contribution to heritage studies and the national visual arts society in general. Bringing heritage to the people was a lived reality for Lesley. What better way to do this than to contribute to community, national and regional awareness of the heritage and the history of Caribbean island nations, and where better to start in true ?Barrow? fashion to portray the critical and often unheralded contribution of the arts and heritage to the development of individuals and communities, and to promote the role of community museums.
Lesley was a museum Curator for seventeen (17) years before embarking on a career as an Attorney-at-Law. Her pride was to record and tell of the enormous progress and impact realized by the museums in the Caribbean, their work and contribution to preserving and presenting the unique Caribbean culture and heritage.
This initial group of friends has formed a non-profit organization that is titled Lesley?s Legacy Foundation to promote learning of Caribbean history while contributing to charitable organizations that Lesley supported. The intention is to demonstrate how that history has shaped a diverse people, culture and societies that is distinct and globally recognized, through contributions that build on her legacy of developing community and specialized museums.
While we plan to do an official launch of the organization in early 2010, we are having a fundraiser on December 6, 2009 on board the Tiami. We thought that a fun cruise would be a wonderful means of getting friends together while contributing to a worthy cause in honour of someone who dearly cherished the history and art of the Caribbean and its peoples.
Contributions to the cruise is Bds $100; however, since it is charitable organization larger amounts will also be accepted.
The Shallow Draught
Sunday December 6th, 2009
Arrive at 9:30am for 10:00am to 3:00pm cruise
RSVP on or before December 2nd, 2009
Thanks very much