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24 more residents are naturalised

24 more residents are naturalised

In the third such ceremony in as many weeks, 24 new British overseas territory citizens received certificates of naturalisation last Thursday at Government House.

Previously, 26 people received the certificates during each of two similar ceremonies held on Oct. 29 and Nov. 6.

Last Thursday Governor Gus Jaspert congratulated the group on taking “an incredibly important step” in making the Virgin Islands their home, according to a government press release about the socially distanced ceremony, which was closed to the media.

“While the process to reaching this key milestone may seem long, you should understand that each and every one of you has been vetted and been confirmed to be valuable members of this community, persons who have contributed to this community,” he said, adding that he hopes all the new residents will continue working to improve the territory.

Registrar General Stephanie Benn presided over the ceremony and led the new citizens in reciting the Oath of Allegiance and the Pledge of Loyalty to the VI.

She also encouraged them to see their new status in such a challenging year as a reason to “keep hope alive.”

“Socially, emotionally and financially, 2020 has been very challenging for us all,” Ms. Benn said, adding, “While it might seem gloomy in some ways, I would urge you to let go of what is past and look to the future to create more opportunities for yourself and your territory.”

Naturalised citizens:


Leisa Aritha Barker

Eileen Elizabeth Constantia Brandy

Randell Clarke

Jennifer Darroux

Donald Sylvanus Emmanuel David

Ryan Raymanious Depeza

Garnet Alphonso Ferron

Simone Nordia Francis

Mercedes Gonzalez

Mitchell Gordon

Velia Burnette James

Hollis Okeen Lindsay

Ann-Maureen Iris Matthews

Diana Baret De Montilla

Al Quamin Nibbs

Jonatan Hairston Garcia O’Neil

Jassy Maria Sylvatia Palmer

Vachel Sheridan Percival

Janelle Germaine Scatliffe

San Faron-Niel Brent-Aril

Jeremie-Sehon Simon

Clovelle Dorselie Stevens

Odilia Stoutt

Sylvia Tracy Swain

Sylvia Anita Young

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