Dr. Andy J. Redmond’s speech at Saturday night’s Prime Minister’s Gala

It’s an honour to be your featured speaker this evening.I will provide a narrative of my professional development, with historical references to this evening’s theme: our country’s success rests not on size, but on our nation’s ability to rise to the occasion.I was born in 1974 as Andy Smith. My mother dropped out of High School at a young age after giving birth.

Back then life was simple. My grandmother worked at the Lodge Estate. We lived in rental wooden houses. Breakfast consisted mostly of bush tea, and bread and butter. Most times the food was not enough. On Sundays when my grandmother caught her hand, we ate saltfish and bread with milk tea, Milo or Ovaltine. Yummy. There was no running water.

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