(BY NELSON A. KING) – New York City Council last Thursday honoured Vincentian community leader James Cordice during a gala celebration at City Hall in commemoration of Garifuna-American Heritage Month.
The council said it was “proud to honour” the Philadelphia-based Cordice, the architect behind St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ participation in the illustrious Penn Relays at the University of Pennsylvania, for his “outstanding service and enduring contribution to our community.”
Cordice thanked many, including his parents, siblings, teachers, “good friends” and his village (Clare Valley in St. Vincent and the Grenadines) for “the nurturing, for the tough love, the guidance and the spirit of my Garifuna predecessors,” who molded him in “being dependable.”
“I am pleased and proud to have been chosen (honoured),” Cordice said. “I looked around the room and saw many Garifuna brothers and sisters who I am familiar with.
Cordice, the former president of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Organization of Pennsylvania (SVGOP), has been coordinating St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ participation in the illustrious Penn Relays at the University of Pennsylvania (UPENN) for the past seven years, was the youngest storeroom manager to be employed at the Cotton House Hotel in Mustique. CARIBBEAN LIFE NEWS