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BIBA adopts Bahamas Down Syndrome and Friends Centre

The Bahamas Insurance Brokers Association (BIBA) has been serving as the voice of insurance brokers since 2001. The association is led by recently re-elected President Felicia Knowles and her executive team consisting of Shanria Cooper (vice-president) and Michael Cooper (treasurer). The association acts diligently to ensure that insurance brokers remain relevant, politically savvy and on par with standards of market conduct. Along with informing the public of the importance of insurance brokers and the value they add to the industry, the body constantly seeks ways to expand its humanitarian efforts. Therefore, the decision was made to adopt the Bahamas Down Syndrome and Friends Centre. As an initial love gift, BIBA in collaboration with Electronic Solutions donated a stove, microwave and a 32-inch flat screen television to the center.

The Down Syndrome and Friends Centre is led by its President Cheryl Newell and her wonderful team of highly skilled professionals, teachers and therapists. Its vision is to continually strive to generate greater awareness in the community, positive social acceptance and belonging of persons with Down syndrome. It also seeks to develop and create a society in which persons with special needs can participate in activities that will promote personal development and achievement. The new center, which will be called “Forever Home”, is located off of Village Road and encompasses an atmosphere that is without prejudice and discrimination. The ambiance of the new center is conducive to education, employment opportunities and various recreational outlets that emphasize abilities and not disabilities.

Since moving into their new facility in the latter part of 2014, a variety of persons with special needs such as autism, Ryan syndrome and many others have been welcomed. The team at the center is constantly working on designing programs to empower the students via learning a trade or manufacturing goods for sale to the public. The center continues to positively impact the lives of special needs children and adults all over New Providence. The Bahamas Insurance Brokers Association is proud to support their initiatives and continues to encourage others to do the same.

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