Grenada Houston Association Celebrates Grenada’s Independence Day
with Scholarship Gala
The Grenada Houston Association (GHA) celebrated Grenada’s 45th anniversary of Independence with a Scholarship Gala on February 9th, 2019. GHA was pleased to welcome to Houston, Ms. Shedel Nyack Compton, Managing Director of Belmont Estate, as it’s keynote speaker.
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, who serves as the Representative for the 18 th Congressional District of Texas was also at head to share her appreciation and congratulation GHA for its contribution to the Houston area. She presented certificates of Congressional Recognition to the current President of the GHA, Mr. Ryan Nelson- Paryag; Past President, Ms. Joan Douglas; and members of the Scholarship Committee: Mr. Eric Barry, Dr. TimothyDaniel, Ms. Grace Peppers, and Dr. Edwin Felix. Ms. Nyack Compton also received a Congressional Recognition. GHA service awards were also presented to persons that selflessly contributed to the success and growth of the organization – Mr. Neville Myles, Ms. Joan Douglas, Rachael Barry and Ms. Rachael Patti Gibbs.
GHA President, Ryan Nelson-Paryag congratulated all awardees thanking them for their important contributions, praising their efforts and charging them all to continue their stalwart support of the organization and its objectives. He also extend an invitation for attendees to be a part of GHA.
Ms. Nyack Compton, shared her own Diaspora journey from Grenada, to the US and and returning home to pursue her dream of transforming her family’s 350 year old plantation into a “ best practices “ business in agro-tourism and food manufacturing.
Ms. Nyack Compton’s speech was well-received by the attendees. She emphasized the importance of giving back to one's country, especially by supporting Grenadian products and investing in local businesses and entrepreneurs. She called on everyone present to act as ambassadors of their motherland, contributing in whatever way they can for the betterment of their country.
Ms. Nyack Compton also highlighted the power of the Diaspora and the significant contribution they can make wherever they may be in the world. She especially encouraged support for the rural economy and scholarships from the rural communities in Grenada.
The purpose of the gala is to celebrate Grenada’s Independence and to raise much needed funds for educational scholarships for Grenadian and Houston students.
Since 2007, GHA has granted over $36,000 to 40 students in Grenada and Texas. GHA is committed to empowering youths by offering scholarships of US$500.00 to students in Grenada and US$1,000.00 to Grenadian students attending University in Texas.
The GHA is one of the most vibrant and active Diaspora organizations, having achieved significant milestones over the years including showcasing Grenadian and Caribbean cultures, providing educational assistance through scholarships and aiding communities in times of crisis. In 2018 the GHA also assisted victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Maria in Texas and the Caribbean.
The Grenada Houston Association is calling all those who are interested to support the organization by donations and membership (US$5 per annum) www.grenadahoustonassociation.org for details.
The GHA also encourages Grenadian students to apply for this scholarship opportunity. Interested parties can visit http://www.grenadahoustonassociation.org/Scholarships.html.