St. Vincent & the Grenadines Independence spotlight: Christopher Crichton

As the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Diaspora around the world celebrates 36 years of independence this week, The National Weekly sheds a spotlight on the many ways the Diaspora has enriched South Florida. Honoring this independence spirit, we spoke with members of the community to talk about what makes them proud Vincentian-Americans.

Christopher Crichton

Birthplace: Kingstown, St. Vincent & the Grenadines.

Lives in: Palm Beach

Moved to FL: 1991

Life’s Passion: As president of the St. Vincent & the Grenadines Association of Florida (SVGAFL), Chris is most proud of the group’s continued efforts to give back to the homeland, whether donating books and school supplies to primary schools across the county, or medical supplies to the Milton Cato General Hospital. “SVGAFL has made contributions to our country every year,” says Chris. “When you accomplish your goals annually they become really proud moments.”

Plans to Celebrate: The Association, says Chris, plans to celebrate all month long, starting on Sunday, November 1st, with a thanksgiving services at the Grace Episcopal Church in West Palm Beach. Then the Association’s annual Dinner Dance on November 14th, at the Goal Choice Ball Room in Margate, where “every year we host a Government official as a special guest.”

Why he’s a proud Vincentian-American: Chris is most proud of “being able to work for the government and people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines for ten years after I was awarded a two-year scholarship to study abroad,” recalls Chris. “And being able to pass on good family values to my children.”

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