Anette Sanford donates 50% of parliamentary salary to DNA

Nurse Anette Sanford, UWP senator in the Dominica parliament

In recognition of the tremendous contribution that nurses in Dominica have been making in the fight against COVID-19 and to health care in general in the country, United workers Party senator, Anette Sanford, has decided to donate fifty percent of her parliamentary salary to the Dominica Nurses Association (DNA).

Sanford, who is herself a trained nurse, made the pledge during a solidarity message released over the weekend, on the occasion of Nurses Week which was observed in Dominica from the 11th to the 17th of May, 2020.

Sanford wrote, “Florence Nightingale, the great pioneer of modern nursing, once said that ‘very little can be done under the spirit of fear.’ Almost 110 years after her death, this saying could not be truer about our wonderful nurses. Like true fearless soldiers on the frontlines, nurses and other health practitioners around the world have been fighting a silent enemy, the Coronavirus (COVID – 19), and the battle is not yet won.”

She said her “brothers and sisters” of the nursing profession in Dominica have risen to the challenges and have taken COVID-19 head-on.

“And I pause to say thank you,” Sanford stated. “If you are a nurse, please take a moment to accept my best wishes for your bravery and unrelenting service. I pray for strength and protection over you and your family, as you continue the good fight against COVID – 19.”

Sanford contested and lost the last general election as the United Workers Party (UWP) candidate in the Salybia constituency. Her message to the nurses was all-encompassing.

“On behalf of my family, the constituents of the Kalinago Territory, my parliamentary colleagues and other members of parliament, and the lovely citizens of Dominica by extension, we say thank you and ‘HAPPY NURSES WEEK,” the opposition senator stated.

Sanford exhorted nurses to “continue to serve with the spirit of care, not fear, and keep that lamp of compassion for all those who fall under your care burning. From one nurse to the other, I love you and may the spirit of the Lord be with you.”

She said that in keeping with the observation of Nurses Week, she would donate 50% of her salary as a parliamentarian to the Dominica Nurses Association (DNA) to assist with ongoing work.

“I hope that the good Lord can multiply my humble offerings,” the parliamentarian remarked.

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51 Comments

  1. Ibo France
    May 20, 2020

    @ Busybody Barbara
    You are one of Skerrit’s most loyal and asinine worshippers. Your credibility is below zero for giving this corrupt individual and his gang of clueless disciples such unreserved support. What are you getting in return for your unwavering support? It has to be that you are paid very handsomely.

    • Barbara Saunders
      May 22, 2020

      Yea Ibo

      The same amount you receive to bury all wrong doings on the other side even when supposedly independent media bring the facts about corruption to the public.

      Ever heard the word democracy? Those uncharitable descriptions of some fellow Dominicans who put themselves forward to serve are a matter of your opinion sir! Not sure why I have to keep reminding you and your colleagues that I am entitled to form my own opinion under the Dominica Constitution.

      I hope that you also beat up on those members of your cabal who are beginning to publicly voice their frustration with the “going no where” dilemma which they are witnessing INSIDE! I am not the one influencing their thinking. These are people who I think would be the last to publicly denigrate their own but they are probably at their wits end, seeing the things about which you are so blind!

      I wish you well Ibo! The feelings of ill will toward others eventually consume us no matter how long it takes!

  2. Silver fox
    May 20, 2020

    Yes Anette, who do you think you fooling with your Dodgy publicity stunt designed to attract the public’s attention you would be better off helping your people kalinago and let that so-called Union representatives if there is one look after their members and not only for their selfs a bunch of arrogant plunkers.

  3. May 19, 2020

    Nonsense, the nurses dont need this, the kalinago people you say you representing,at least a few of them i am sure would be grateful for some assistance

    • Badbaje
      May 20, 2020

      What statistical data are you basing your statement that the nurses don’t need this. I am not saying you are wrong, I am only asking what data you have to support your statement. I am sure the DNA would like to compare their data with yours if you have any. Time to put up or shut up.
      But let me guess, you will do neither, rather you will start to castigate me and mine. You will start name calling and insinuating and all sort other of things, instead of responding with the supporting data I am asking for.
      You are in this case what is often called a “blowhard”, an empty vessel.

    • Precious
      May 20, 2020

      She gives to the Kalinago people everyday you ……

      You don’t know her.

    • Barbara Saunders
      May 20, 2020

      There is something about you lady that is different from the rest of your bunch!

      First you work with your community and the Kalinago Council in the best interest of your people to launch a vegetable gardening project. Never mind how small, it is the spirit which it demonstrates which is important!

      Next, whether symbolically or otherwise, you share your parliamentary earnings with the Nurses’ Association, I assume as a gesture of solidarity. In other words, walking the talk!

      Why do I get a sense of “leadership that matters” to people on the horizon?

      Please protect yourself and be prepared for the backlash lady because positive speech and action are foreign to your colleagues!

      • CHILDISH
        May 20, 2020

        Barbara . I have followed your contributions for sometime now and you always tend to attack or try to put the leadership of the UWP in bad light. The Skerrites have 18 ministers. 5 senators and about 12 advisors in addition to about 20 ambassadors; Yet you see something about the lady that is different from the rest of her bunch…emmmh! why not the rest of the members of parliament? that would definitely come across as being more objective, but no you have to go after her so called bunch. Then in the same breath you have said that you are nonaligned and an objective person …….I wish you could use your objectivity to examine whether we can justify Dominica having 18 ministers in parliament and in cabinet with an additional five senators in an island of under 70,000 people. Are we getting value for money? Couldn’t the earnings of this oversize cabinet of ministers and advisors be used to walk the talk ? it would surely help don’t you agree?

        • Barbara Saunders
          May 20, 2020

          Hi Childish
          My contributions are always contextualised. I am usually responding to some malicious comments or attacks just so that readers can get a different perspective from the usual one-sided diatribes.

          Oh, but now that you mentioned it, the Cabinet is indeed large and of course the more parliamentarians who contribute from their salaries for a worthy cause, the better. No dispute there.

          On balance though, apples are by no means oranges. A constituency which can be covered by a Parl Rep. in one day in Antigua because of its terrain, will take a Dominican Parl. Rep 5 days. Other arguments can follow the same logic. An area which will require say 5 million dollars for a development in Barbados will require 20 million in Dominica as we may have to take down a couple hills or mountains. That’s the way it has been for all our governments right?

          By the way, I think the ruling party inherited the 21 constituency boundaries right? I don’t think they established them.

          • CHILDISH
            May 21, 2020

            Oh ok that’s your response emmmmh!!

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          • Shaka zulu
            May 21, 2020

            “By the way, I think the ruling party inherited the 21 constituency boundaries right? I don’t think they established them.”
            Brilliant!!!!!
            I inherited a pwipwi and a donkey from my grandpa. I still use both of them today. People can laugh if they want i don’t have to buy gas… So excellent point Barbara excellent. You are so objective…. :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D

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          • Barbara Saunders
            May 22, 2020

            Yea childish and Shaka
            That’s my response. Have a blessed lockdown weekend. Try and get some rest, particularly of your minds. Wishing you sweet and peaceful dreams for a change!

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    • Whocares
      May 21, 2020

      Give it to the nurses they deserve it right now, Caribs get enough during the elections, skerrit always making sure they get their goodies around election time because it easy to fool carib.

  4. May 19, 2020

    This is definetly a show, you preach during election about the needs of some of the unfortunate kalinago people and now you making contribution to nurses association, your people is, I am sure , more in need of these money, dont betray them , you campaing on there behalf.

  5. Jacque Shiraq
    May 19, 2020

    Blessings to you in good measure pressed down and running over. But how much is this in dollars and cents? $5.00 ? Asking for a friend

    • Badbaje
      May 20, 2020

      Good morning to you and yours, hope you are all being safe and staying in good health. I would like to refer you to the bible if I may. Research your bible for stories about giving. She is giving from her little, therefore it may mean much more than someone else who may donate a bigger dollar amount, but out of their plenty. I say thanks to her, and may others follow and do what they can.
      May you and yours have a wonderful Wednesday.

  6. weh
    May 19, 2020

    I wonder if our PM and President will follow suit and do the same?

    • MacCormak
      May 19, 2020

      They are not in the business of giving but rather in the business of taking. Greed and the hunger for power will kill them!

      • Dominican at heart
        May 20, 2020

        Why Lennox and the rest of the UWP should follow suit. They never give anything to anyone.

        • Stressfree
          May 20, 2020

          Dominican to Heart – Lennox hasn’t given anything back to Dominica? emmh OK! but those who gave to him, gave from their heart; he didn’t have a gun to anybody’s head or attempted to defraud or steal from the peoples treasury. On the contrary he has helped the people of Dominica by having the Hungry Hyenas pay back the peoples money to the treasury. Let me remind you of the $750,000.00, yes over half a million dollars was made to be paid back to the peoples treasury from the alleged Bin and Fertilizer boobool, also Under the land transfer deal I remember someone had to pay back over 50.000.00 to the treasury as a form of short payment; but it gets worst Chien’s millions, ,Petro Carib millions , the 1.2 billion all belonging to the people’s treasury is missing.! so whereas Lennox may have been helped by genuine, above board donations from poor people ,those of you that already continue to defraud the poor people treasury for your own benefit- what a blasted SHAME!1

      • Barbara Saunders
        May 20, 2020

        correction – “seem to disappear”

  7. Nacinimod
    May 19, 2020

    How magnanimous of you my Kalinago sista. Good for you for leading by example.

  8. Nacinimod
    May 19, 2020

    How magnanimous of you my Kalinago sista. Good for you by leading by example.

  9. Ti Garcon
    May 19, 2020

    I find she is too much of a loose canon and all over the place doing her own thing. If she was gonna donate, then she should have planned a meeting with her UWP team so they all donate. Mow tge rest of the UWP team in parliament look like fools, and if they come out now to give ut doesn’t seem as sincere.
    My humble opinion of her random self centered attention seeking actions is that she doh have good head. Its best she gave $1000 donation, instead of presenting it as 50% of her salary- now she is embarrassing the rest of her team for cheap attention.
    Is it a one time donation or is it going to be for the rest of her time in parliament- DNO should ask this question. Because if it isn’t then she’s even more of a joke.
    And those who would say some is better tham nothing, or what I’m donating- what are these parliamentarians doing to deserve their salaries- 5 months into the year and only 5 days work in parliament- they should get paid per day in the house!!!

    • Keeping it real
      May 20, 2020

      I see absolutely nothing wrong with someone taking the initiative and blazing a trail. Its not about making people look good or bad, but rather doing the right things at the right time.

      You are making assumptions… how do you know that perhaps they did not speak about making a team donation? I always know Anette as a team person, she never does some thing without team consultation, maybe the team decided that she could do it on her own as each candidate is doing their own share in their community?
      What about the other parliamentarians in government holding offices and getting an 8000 dollar salary? They have done nothing
      but say “thank you”.
      The DNA needed the help to make the nurses feel special during nurses week and no one came forward.
      So bless this little angel who stood for her nurses. She know what they go through.

    • Barbara Saunders
      May 20, 2020

      Ti Garcon

      Are you now suggesting that the tail should wag the dog? Annette Sanford is one of the most recent Parliamentarians and she must go to the UWP which is in existence for over 25 years to suggest that they do what she did? She is like a loose cannon because she chooses to stand away from the negativity and selfishness of her colleagues?

      I just warned her in a post a few minutes ago that she is going to get it for doing something good. Her kind are not supposed to say or do anything positive in Dominica. Just as I thought, here you go.

  10. Batibou River
    May 19, 2020

    A true patriot that cares about her fellow men. She didn’t care for Skerrits envelope though and for that I also take my hat of to her. If only we had 20,000 more people like her and 20,000 people less like those regular Red Clinic worshippers/hypocrites.

  11. Anansi
    May 19, 2020

    The Hon Sanford is not only a politician, but a true example of stateswoman. She is morally and ethically miles ahead of doctor-doctor a.k.a bausdryvah a.k.a not-1.2-but-2.2-billion a.k.a I-run-tings also known as mister borbol untouchable

    • Barbara Saunders
      May 20, 2020

      Anansi

      She belongs to a particular group. Why don’t you start your comparisons there?
      You are moving to fast my spider! Stay focussed!

  12. Tt
    May 19, 2020

    God bless you miss

  13. May 18, 2020

    She should be the leader UWP because Lenox is a parasite Linton never made a donation he simple for him self,He rather ask for donations for himself.

  14. Eagle-Eyed
    May 18, 2020

    My hat off to you senator Sandford. Beautiful, intelligent, generous and probably very competent. A pity she decided to run for the wrong party in the last election. She look like she could be a very good representative for the Kalinago people and also a good minister of government. You should have accepted Skerrit’s offer to run on a Labor party ticket at the last election instead of opting to run for the losers. Anyway, you have youth on your side so you have time to rectify this error of judgement come the next election. :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:

  15. Tobby
    May 18, 2020

    How much is that

    • May 19, 2020

      This is definetly a show, you preach during election about the needs of some of the unfortunate kalinago people and now you making contribution to nurses association, your people is, I am sure , more in need of these money, dont betray them , you campaing on there behalf.

  16. Ibo France
    May 18, 2020

    I love, admire, adore and respect this fair lady. She’s my favorite politician although her stint in politics is very recent. Mrs. Stanford is humble; very intelligent; articulate; forward thinking; compassionate; altruistic and sincere. She’s a rare breed of a politician but even a better human being. This gesture of giving 50% of her parliamentary salary to the nurses and her unrelenting advocacy on their behalf for an increase in salary and better working conditions speaks volumes about her core values and her strait-laced character.
    Mrs. Stanford, the country has lost its moral bearings. It needs you, and others of your ilk, to restore trust and decency and take it out of its present moral decadence.

    • Barbara Saunders
      May 20, 2020

      Well well Ibo

      You finally said it without saying it! I read through the lines! Now do something about it! I will cast my vote along with you to put her at the helm!

  17. Shaka zulu
    May 18, 2020

    You are something special. Since your principled stand in December i gained respect and you are providing again to be a leader above the rest. The kind of people we need to run this country in order for it to reach its full potential

    • Barbara Saunders
      May 20, 2020

      So Shaka

      Go and make your presence felt and heard at your next delegates conference. You have heard the recent astounding public pronouncements from some heavy weight funders and organisers about their dissatisfaction with the state of things inside!

      Stop focussing on Skerrit and his supporters. He has to leave at some time and I’m sure, sooner than later. Shouldn’t you people be getting ready for that event, including the important issue of leadership? The more you all stay on this site shooting venom against Skerrit, the stronger he grows. I get the feeling that if you all awoke one morning and Skerrit had disappeared you all wouldn’t know what to do or say next. He has actually become the purpose for some people waking up to a new day every day!

      Ever heard the saying that only mad people keep doing the same thing and still expect different results?

      • Shaka zulu
        May 20, 2020

        “Ever heard the saying that only mad people keep doing the same thing and still expect different results?

        Yes i have. Tell that to the people who keep doing the same thing every 5 years voting the chief lunatic. :-D :-D :-D :-D
        Tell me why we aint going anywhere.

        • Barbara Saunders
          May 20, 2020

          Shaka
          You all keep missing the point and looking at the other side. Didn’t you hear one of your heavy weight party organisers on the radio? He was expressing his frustration PUBLICLY and basically saying Skerrit will win the next election if you all do not step back and do a hard election post mortem? He has had it with what is going on in your party. If you all keep doing what you are doing now you are sure to stay where you are.

          If the majority of Dominicans prefer to vote for the tried and proven chief red lunatic over and over again that says something about your aspiring Chief blue lunatic doesn’t it?

          • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
            May 21, 2020

            Barbara, in Dominica elections are not honestly won!

            We experience our first corrupted election the day the coalition under the leadership of Roosevelt Douglas, siege power,By the way I was told that Rosie is a certain fellow biological father:

            (I Francisco know, but I doh talking eh!)

            Anyway since after the first election after the coalition; every other election in the country, was actually stolen; the other fellow is a thief, the man buys people, hence for a few dollars Dominicans sells  their soul, they will kill their mother for a single piece of lumber; which cannot build a house.

            The first corrupted siege of the crooked  election was when that fat ……………… Bannis jump from UWP to the coalition causing then to form the government.

            That nonetheless, was a picnic to what we experience over the past twenty-five years at the hands of that corrupted crook, that little wet-back boy sir doctor knight Roosevelt Skerrit.When $1,2 billion is used to buy election?

            I…

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  18. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    May 18, 2020

    Annette; I am a diehard UWP supporter; nevertheless I am one of those people who knows when it is not genuine, and when it is simply a show.

    Fifty percent of your salary is not very much; since your actual salary in that position is peanut change, don’t struggle simply to impress people!

    You are not by any chance rich; it is good to give when one can afford to give, but not when its given simple to create an impression.

    • Eagle-Eyed
      May 19, 2020

      Francisco why do you always have to be such a miserable old git. You should be praising the young woman for doing such an unselfish gesture. As you mentioned, she might not be as well off as you but you can see she has a heart of gold. You should probably follow her example and donate some of the millions you are supposedly sitting on in the US, to such a worthy cause. Action speak louder than words. I am not a fan of Lennox and his bunch of UWP jokers but this woman stands out. I still think with her talent and potential, she would serve her constituents better in government rather than in opposition.

    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      May 20, 2020

      You see the eighteen (18) people who gave me thumbs  down; it is all because you all like to beg, and and get something for nothing!

      Poor girl perhaps does not have enough to feed herself: I suppose she would rather stave simply to create an impression.

      On the other hand all those who will get a dollar and cents from her  so called gift, are Roosevelt Skerrit begging red devils eh!

      Dem red devils are slick, dem know how fu fool people and meck dem think dem on do opposition side, but when teme com fu vote oppsition, dem vote fue de damn corrupted crook Roosevelt.

      Ah like thumbs down eh; so ge me more nuh!

      Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah

    • mountain
      May 20, 2020

      This reminds me of the woman pushing the cow up the ladder to eat grass on top of the house. If you are part of a team you should consult your team leader for opinion. A man says something whether right or wrong,ten people follow and you are a pastor.Nurses take a vow,rough with the smooth. Leave the rest for viewsxpressed to handle. Bad influence, Epelled from UWP forthwith

      • Barbara Saunders
        May 20, 2020

        Mountain

        I tremble to think of what democracy would be like under that team. So you lose your individuality once you join that cult?

        She is showing them something to do other than sit idly every day opposing everything good for the country and wishing doom and gloom upon our people. About 5 or 6 of the people on that team do absolutely nothing from day to day, no work that anybody can point to. Nada.

        Haven’t you all noticed how much energy is required to run this country? We go from one disaster to the next because of our geographical location. If you cannot whip up energy in your personal life to do anything useful how are you going to do it for other people, the citizens of our lovely country?

        Didn’t you see how much energy, motivational skills, management acumen, resource prioritisation, team work etc. etc. which were required to manage COVID-19? Thank God for the results so far. Others were wishing for thousands of us to die to embarass Skerrit! Sick bunch!

    • Batibou River
      May 20, 2020

      You are talking nonsense,man! Get out of here! I am an opposition supporter as well but I would not associate with somebody that talks nonsense like that. Do us a favour and support Skerrit and his DLP. You would do us a big favour!

      • mountain
        May 20, 2020

        Rivers now you are left with 18-2 .Another crying, suppose the hammer falls on my husband’s head? The best thing to do is, to take the hammer down.

    • mountain
      May 22, 2020

      Mr. Mague, when them people criticised you take it as a bonus because they have no management experience. See the logic side of the article. Two school children, one would say to the other, don’t tell me how to spend my money, I don’t tell you how to spend yours. This is the obvious answer. One wishes to make a contribution, we don’t care where your money came from. I wish to make a donation of $1000.00 good on you, but why try to drag others into. Give me, I Get and I take.

  19. CHILDISH
    May 18, 2020

    Excellent gesture , lets hope others follow, especially the 24 parliamentarians on the government side, plus the over 15 advisors. Even if its their entertainment and travel allowances they give up that will go a long way in assisting – . God Bless you and your family.

  20. Bravo!
    May 18, 2020

    WOW>>>>>and may the good Lord multiply your givings, in Jesus’ name amen.

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