Like a knight in shining armor, Petro Caribe has come in and saved the day for one more Miss Dominica 2014 pageant.
Shalina Samuel of Stockfarm had her fears pushed aside on Thursday 13th February, 2014, a mere two weeks before the pageant, after she received part sponsorship from Petro Caribe and the Discover Dominica Authority.
She is the last of the pageant contestants to recieve sponsorship.
Sales and Marketing Manager of Petro Caribe, Ian Pinard, told the Dominica Festivals Committee’s (DFC) weekly press conference on Thursday that the sponsorship comes after prime minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, asked the company to assist Samuel.
“We are here this morning, in a big way, to say that Miss Shalina Samuel of Stockfarm will now be part-sponsored by Petro Caribe…” he said.
Samuel expressed gratitude to Petro Caribe and revealed that she intends to do her best during the pageant and her life in general.
She now joins Jewele Browne, Octavia Prosper, and Royette Laurent who are also sponsored by Petro Caribe and Discover Dominica Authority.
Speaking at the same press conference parliamentary representative for the St Joseph constituency, Kelver Darroux, sent out a stern warning to the island’s youth urging them to exhibit moderation and discipline during the 2014 carnival festivities.
“I want to send a very strong message out particularly to the young people of the country that carnival time is a time to enjoy yourselves and have a very wonderful time but you also have to exhibit responsible behavior,” he said. “I want to encourage the youth to continue to display a level of moderation in your activities and also a level of discipline.”
He also encouraged Dominica to visit St Joseph on Saturday 15th February, for the community’s carnival opening parade.
“St Joe city is carnival city …. this is a community which over the years has had very big carnivals and this year is no exception,” he said. “This Saturday from 3:00 pm February 15th we will witness the opening parade of St Joe carnival from the main road coming down to the village in the community of St Joseph.”
The parade will feature pageant contestants, sensay groups, flag wavers, cheerleaders, stilt walkers, and t-shirt groups.