Government of Montserrat

OPENING OF PARLIAMENTARY YEAR SET FOR OCTOBER 23 – NICOLE DUBERRY NAMED AS PARLIAMENTARY ADDRESS HONOUREE

PRESS RELEASE FROM THE OFFICE OF THE SPEAKER OF THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY
 

The Speaker of the Montserrat Legislative Assembly (MLA) is pleased to inform the people of Montserrat that the Parliamentary Year 2018-2019 will be formally opened on Tuesday, October 23rd in the Sir George Martin Auditorium at the Montserrat Cultural Centre.
 

A formal Opening Ceremony was instituted at the start of the 2016-2017 Parliamentary Year by Speaker Shirley Osborne and has since been improved upon with the input and suggestions of Montserratians from all walks of life. This year, therefore, as with the tradition that has been developing over the last three years, the Opening Ceremony will commence at 9:00 a.m. with the Montserrat Anthem and one Montserratian citizen will have the honour of addressing the members of the Legislative Assembly, from within the House.
 

This particular aspect of the Opening Ceremony is a particularly significant segment of the Opening Ceremony and one dear to my heart, said Speaker Osborne. Montserratians have made it clear that they wish to create their own traditions that come out of their own experiences, so whereas other jurisdictions present a Throne Speech at their Opening Ceremony, we in Montserrat have chosen to annually honour one member of the Montserratian public with the opportunity to address our Parliamentarians directly, formally and from within.
 

Speaker Osborne said, “I am delighted to announce that the Parliamentary Address Honouree this year will be Ms. Nicole Duberry, Public Servant, entrepreneur, returning Montserratian, young Montserratian and Montserratian woman. Madam Clerk Baker and I are proud that Nicole has accepted the honour. She was selected because she is a wonderful example of the industry, creativity and commitment to personal and national advancement that makes us all proud to be Montserratian.
 

“Madam Clerk and I believe that the country is better served, stronger and infinitely more successful at every level to the extent that citizens are included, engaged and made part of the processed of governance and democracy. We believe that nourishing our pride in being Montserratian, reinforcing our confidence in our highest institutions and strengthening our common commitment to the advancement of our people is a core function of government and of our foundational institution, which is our Parliament. We at the Office of the Legislature are honoured to serve, committed to inclusion and proud to add to the uplift of our island, and initiatives such as these make us very happy indeed,” stated Speaker Osborne.
 

Speaker Osborne is looking forward to hosting a full house at the Opening Ceremony of the Parliamentary year 2018-2019.

 
Speaker Osborne further invites residents and citizens of all ages and persuasions to feel free to contact her Office with any related concerns, ideas or suggestions and reminds everyone that the increased engagement and participation of the citizens is critical to the processes of governing of Montserrat, to democracy and transparency, and for the right development of our island and peoples.