2003 Unsung Heroes
They have committed their lives and sacrificed unconditionally to help others. They make our communities and countries a better place.
Meet our 2003 winners:
|2003 Regional Unsung Hero
Rosa Mae Bain
Rosa Mae Bain has spent more than half her life - 42 years - in the nursing field.
Her most exceptional work has been on the frontline of The Bahamas' struggle against HIV/AIDS. She was the cornerstone of the public education programme, teaching, instructing and training groups of individuals in the techniques of fighting HIV/AIDS in the home, workplace and community. Ms Bain contributed to the coordination of prevention of mother-tochild infection, which saw a reduction from 30% to 10% in one year, and her programme recently resulted in the provision of anti-retroviral drugs to infected persons, from just above 300 persons in October 2002 to more than 1,200 persons in October 2003.
She finds time to assist several other groups such as the AWANA Youth Group; a primary school programme, "Focus on Youth"; The Zonta Club of Nassau's Annual Youth Seminar; the Pace programme of the Ministry of Education and the Red Cross.
Rudolph Chesterfield Smith
Sixty-year-old Rudolph Chesterfield Smith has been involved in community work since the age of 17. His involvement spans the Sargeant's Village Community Council, reactivation of the island's Community Choirs competition, and assisting with the adolescent club or youth arm of the Warrens Polyclinic. He dedicated many evenings at the polyclinic to peer counselling and the teaching of drama and dance. He was also a volunteer in the Youth Development Programme's National Summer Camp for many years as well as Director of the St. Christopher Primary School Camp. These are but a few of the projects in which the retired Public Health Inspector has been involved over the
He is still active as a member of the Silver Sands AIDS Committee and is a lecturer with the National Committee for the Prevention of Alcoholism and Drug Dependency.