Castle Bruce native gives back

Dr. Augustus Valmond

From a very early age he dreamt of becoming a doctor and after migrating to the US and fulfilling that dream, Dr. Augustus Valmond has resolved that it is his civic responsibility to give back to his community of Castle Bruce.

With that in mind he decided to launch the Dr. Augustus Valmond Scholarship which will be awarded annually to two deserving students from the Castle Bruce Primary School entering the Castle Bruce Secondary School.

The scholarship will be granted on the basis of exceptional academic performance and financial need.

It will continue throughout the students’ five years of high school providing that they maintain satisfactory academic performance and general deportment.

Dr. Valmond was born in Castle Bruce and attended the Castle Bruce Primary School.  He obtained a Government Scholarship (5th place) and then went on to attend the Dominica Grammar School, where he excelled academically.

He migrated to the United States and graduated from Howard University with a Doctor of Medicine Degree.

His training in internal Medicine and Nephrology was completed at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New York. Nephrology is a branch of internal medicine and pediatrics dealing with the study of the function and diseases of the kidney.

Today, he practices General Internal Medicine and Nephrology in Manhattan, New York.

The value of the scholarships will be equivalent to that awarded by the government of Dominica and will take effect in January 2013 at the beginning of the second term.

The following five persons will serve on the Dr. Augustus Valmond Scholarship Committee:

Jacqueline Roberts  –  Chairperson (Manager – Castle Bruce Credit Union)
Austelle Lockhart – Vice Chair (Projects Officer – RCP Program
Cleve Edwards – Member (Teacher – Castle Bruce Secondary School)
Lorna Prevost-Stephens – Member (Economist – Government of Dominica)
Loreen Bannis-Roberts – Member (Liason Officer, Diaspora Affairs)
Augustus Valmond – Nephrologist/Sponsor

The application forms will be available at the Castle Bruce Credit Union and the Castle Bruce Village Council Office.

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83 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    January 5, 2013

    God bless you and castle bruce children

  2. Alex Rolle
    November 27, 2012

    well done comrade words cannot explain
    how much of a patriot you are

  3. November 26, 2012

    Good Job!!!!

  4. diamond girl
    November 22, 2012

    we need you in dominica my brother! our dialysis patients need you real bad! we have no nephrologist in dominica!!

    • augustus valmond
      November 22, 2012

      I would very much like to get involved.

  5. GROTTO
    November 22, 2012

    Sometimes am confused about the posture taken by ROSEAU VALLEY. It seems that s/he sounds much better when there is no bashing of the government or involvement in seriously flawed legalities and subjective politics.

    I do hope that this new approach continues.

    Its great to see that you can so politely applaud progressive moves. We expect the same to be done on the many projects by this administration ; yet we expect you to provide an ojective critique of them where necessary.

  6. bee
    November 22, 2012

    Dr. Valmond thats a very good idea people like
    you will have blessings blessings and blessings in
    helping others. I know that you Mom is smiling
    in her grave.

  7. Me
    November 21, 2012

    This is wondewrful Dr. Valmond. You made my heart glad. May God continue to pour on you and your business with much greater intensity. Thank you again. Much love.

  8. Jahyout
    November 21, 2012

    Big up to Mr Valmond for making his dreams come true and for giving back to his home village..

    • Foreigner
      November 21, 2012

      And I second that!

  9. DESIE
    November 21, 2012

    Boi we Dominicans have to bring POLITICS in every article on DNO. A little help the man giving his home town.

    We really low minded and backward in that country

  10. Pondera
    November 21, 2012

    That’s what community spirit is all about.

  11. The Onlooker
    November 21, 2012

    Thanks much Dr.Valmond for giving back to Castle Bruce. May the Lord reward you richly, may the blessings of God over shadow you is my prayer on your behalf.

  12. Shameless
    November 21, 2012

    Great initiative Dr. Valmond. May Jah continue to guide and bless you as embark on your career.

    Your family and community should be very proud of you. While many continue to sit on the side and complain, you have stepped up to the plate unlike so many C/Brucians in foreign who have actually become very successful. I sincerely hope that those in places with a large C/Brice population like Houston, Texas and Boston, Mass who have and continue to live the American dream will stop all the talk and politicking and do a little more. C/Bruce is crying out for their help.

    Assertive, NOT Agressive!

    • November 21, 2012

      you self need help, and not castle bruce alone that need help, all over the world need help right now.

  13. A very good deed
    November 21, 2012

    Congratulations Dr.Valmond!
    Giving back sure is a good thing. Those who are on the ground handling the affairs must be sure that the students who receive these gifts MUST come from families that financially need the help for their children and NOT to those who can afford to send their children to high school with no financial strain. I’m sure they will do the right thing. What a wonderful thing to do. May God reachly bless the Doctor and his family.

  14. Forward We Go
    November 21, 2012

    Mr. Alfred, take your politics to Sam’s Gutter. As a christian, stop sowing seeds of discord.

    • Hilroy Alfred Jr
      November 21, 2012

      take time to understand the english language and don’t be “birdbrained”. i didn’t say anything political i just warned him not to mix his charity with politics. and wat is that about sams gutter i don’t understand oh maybe that was just you being nescient. Facts are Facts can’t run from it.

    • oh please
      November 21, 2012

      and take ur ignorance and go jump off a bridge.. read and understand before commenting.. his comment was not political.. maybe u should try reading his comment with a dictionary next to you.. and maybe u would see where he is coming at. he was actually commending the man for his deed. and dont drag christianity in that.. freedom of speech.. stop using religion in tht way .

    • Jahsen-jah
      November 21, 2012

      :mrgreen:

  15. Positiveness
    November 21, 2012

    Give much thanks to Doc. Aalmond.

  16. Casibrucian
    November 21, 2012

    Congratulations to mr.Valmond for giving back to our community. I hope this bold move opens the door to other able community members in the diaspora to contributed towards the development of our lovely community. congratulations again and thank you. on the other hand though, i do hope that the person on the committee will be subjective in their selection of children to be awarded. From my personal experience with one of them, i know she’s biased and full of hate.

  17. Positiveness
    November 21, 2012

    Hno. Bannis made it happen

    • Foreigner
      November 21, 2012

      HUH? what did she make happen? This article is about Dr.Valmond right?

  18. Positiveness
    November 21, 2012

    Mr.Hilroy Alfred Jr. must respect the good work of HOn, Bannis and respect to good work of Politicians.

    • Hilroy Alfred Jr
      November 21, 2012

      what did i say that didn’t respect her works . if you understand english u will understand where i’m coming from my comment was not leaning on the political side. stop being ignorant.

  19. Sprinter
    November 21, 2012

    Very good gesture. My old school mate from the good old DGS days. Congrats on your success!!!!

    • augustus valmond
      November 21, 2012

      Thank you.

  20. CB BOSS
    November 21, 2012

    Bravo Augustus!

    J2F (ok I’ll go ahead and say it, John Jno Finn)must be proud. I guess the late afternoon classes did pay off after all.

    You’ve renewed my motivation and I’m sure many in my community can say the same.

    Excellent.

  21. ROSEAU VALLEY
    November 20, 2012

    That is the degree of Patriotic fervour that is needed from our diaporic Dominicans. I am happy and proud of your tremendous jesture and wish you the best in your quest at advancing a better humanity.

    You are a ray of hope and I plead to the TALK SHOW PUNDITS to take a leaf from this chapter in your proverbial book and show love to our beloved country . They must also join this government in its quest for our peoples development.

    Yours Patriotically

    ROSEAU VALLEY

  22. Proud
    November 20, 2012

    Good gesture! ;)

    I, too, hope to do this as soon as I graduate.

  23. Florentina Mark
    November 20, 2012

    Good job Dr. Valmond. I am very proud of you

  24. November 20, 2012

    FIRST OFF CONGRATULATION!IT IS VERY NICE THAT U GAVE BACK TO UR COMMUNITY, BUT MY OPINION IS THAT U SHOULD GIVE BACK TO ALL OF DOMINICA. AFTER RECEIVING UR DOCTORATE U SHOULD HAVE RETURN TO DOMINICA AND GIVE UR SERVICE. AMERICA HAVE ENOUGH DOCTORS WHO DOES THE SAME THING THAT U DO.DOMINICA NEEDS DOCTORS LIKE U. BUT MY OPINION AGAIN I THINK IS A MONEY THING

    • think positive
      November 20, 2012

      i think you should watch your words and try to see the positive in it.

    • Hilroy Alfred Jr
      November 20, 2012

      u ever stop to think that if he was working in dominica he wud not have been able to help those children. especially if he was working under the current government

      • abjb
        January 5, 2013

        SHHHHHHH

    • Viewpoint
      November 21, 2012

      Stupes! Allu Dominicans too rude and out of place! The man will practice where he gets the most benefits for his services. When the Government starts compensating doctors appropriately, we will get specialists.

    • Tri-State Beauty
      November 21, 2012

      @ Proud Dominican Oh is a Doctorate aka Phd he has? I thought he was an MD!!

      2>What does he OWE all of Dominica? He should have returned did you and all of Dominica finance his studies? will you be paying off his loans? Is he under any obligation to do this or should you and every single one of us be thankful he is touching the lives of people from his community?

      I have major issues with some of you Dominicans who feel that people owe you something after they toil and build a life for themselves, whereas those who milked the cow, and feasted on wine and cheese of Dominica are not being forced to return to give back what they OWE Dominica.

      • Soul Sistah
        November 21, 2012

        I”m 1000% behind you on that one. This person has the unmitigated gall and brazen balls of an ox to want to chastise the man as if he owes them and Dominica something. Sometimes our people are just too out of place.

        Thank you DR for what you are doing,and GOD Bless you in your endeavours.

      • Foreigner
        November 21, 2012

        AGREED!!

    • possie
      November 21, 2012

      You know my problem of our people? the man went to study, nobody doh pay the money school for him, he obtained his achievements, making his money, he didnt have to even remember DA, papa god, he trying to help our children and yet somebody already trying to bash him.. yo see why I doh want to go back home in a hurry? you see y i doing my ting without any kind of publicity, i glad i giving back to my community without any kind of publicity papa, dominicans too dam bad. Boy god give yu, you find you can give back to your community, do that eh. We went out there on our own, we never asked for any kind of handouts, we worked hard and achieved our degrees on our own, while others were asleep we were working, now god give us, we giving back…. we doh want no medals.

      • country bookie
        November 21, 2012

        possie,, every thing u say is positive,except “yo see why i doh want to go back home in a hurry”. there will always be ppl who will talk dont matter what good is don,, so dont let them discourage u,,, let ppl know what u r doing,, trust me it encourages more ppl than those that love to talk shit.

    • 100% rational
      November 21, 2012

      how can u tell the man what to do? it’s his choice where he wants to practice and I’m sure he has his personal convictions as to why. At least, he is gving back. It may not be what u want, but he has taken a step in efforts to be grateful to his country. what are u doing or what have u done lately. negative, pessimistic ppl. always take a good situation and try to find bad in it.

    • Papa Dom
      November 21, 2012

      Some people eh!I wonder what is ur contribution to all Dominicans.

    • Anonymous
      November 21, 2012

      say thanks. Some of u D/cans are too negative

  25. DANZIGER
    November 20, 2012

    When God bless us we share our blessings. Thank you Doc keep up the good work.

    • van
      November 21, 2012

      I second this view

  26. November 20, 2012

    These are the people Dominica needs to recognize. Excellent gesture

  27. November 20, 2012

    This is wonderfull when I read good tidings like these but we also need you guys to come back home and take over the system make it work for the people. Thank you Dr.Valmond.

  28. Anonymous
    November 20, 2012

    is people like that government must give duty free when they decide to return home

    • Forward We Go
      November 21, 2012

      He automatically qualifies for duty free. He has been out for more than seven years

  29. Thanks
    November 20, 2012

    Thanks for contributing to the educational development of DA’s children. May the good Lord be with you always, as you bring relief and comfort to those entrusted to your care.

  30. Anonymous
    November 20, 2012

    my my my we need of you in Dominica is there anyway you can give back to the dialysis patients in Dominica.Presently we have no one in that field please sir we are in desperate need of your services.

    • anonymous2
      November 20, 2012

      Very good point.

    • augustus valmond
      November 21, 2012

      would really like to get involve.

  31. (.) (.)
    November 20, 2012

    When I become a millionaire, I will have to give back wii. Right now, I’m as broke as a broken glass. :-P Dr. Valmond will give back for me in the mean time. Nice work Doc. Wish others learn and follow

  32. sphynx
    November 20, 2012

    may Jah continue to bless you!

  33. Hilroy Alfred Jr
    November 20, 2012

    Though i am not in full support of this committee because in my OPINION a lack of heterogeneity may exist given their predilection to be biased in certain aspects where choice may be concerned. However the efforts of Mr.Valmond must be commend and as a village we hope that this grows into a solid foundation as we seek to move this village forward and gain back the respect we once had as a community. This is also a call to the many people from castle Bruce who have moved on to become successful professionals in life to turn back and stretch a hand in anyway possible to help the community that cultured them in one way or the other. As a community lets be grateful to Mr.Valmond as well as the other persons who are there with us everyday silently working hard to ensure that in all aspects our community is propelled in the right direction. Word of caution to Mr. Valmond,do your best for people and don’t mix your charity with politics.

    • Giving Thanks
      November 20, 2012

      Mr. Alfred, really? are you ok? SMH
      Simply put, Thank you Dr.Augustus Valmond.

      • MIND OF MY OWN
        November 21, 2012

        The man is being perfectly honest. No wonder I did not attend any “Lets Talk”. Total crap!!1

      • Foreigner
        November 21, 2012

        uhhh that’s what he said. Please read the comment again Sir/Madame. Mr. Alfred said thanx to Dr. Valmond and even encouraged others to follow suit

    • Yes Sah
      November 20, 2012

      Mr. Alfred, please keep your politics to yourself. Do not bring it into this kind gesture. You are the one trying to bring politics into this..Hands off!!Go play your politics somewhere else.please please please. Par la!!!

      • stupesss
        November 21, 2012

        he did not make his point from a political stand point u know.. from my perspective..
        he jus gave the man a word of advice.. which i thought was actually good and meaningful.
        I TOO HOPE HE DOES NOT MIX CHARITY WITH POLITICS

    • Anonymous
      November 20, 2012

      He earned the degree, and respect is due to Dr Valmond who I think can filter out the diarrhea which you Hilroy Alfred Jr spewed on DNO.

      Thanks Dr Valmond!!

      • Foreigner
        November 21, 2012

        LOL hold on, am I the only one who properly read Mr. Alfred’s comment. He obviously stated that this was his OPINION, then he commended Dr. Valmond for the good gesture and asked others to follow suit, then he cautioned Dr. Valmond about political influence. Yall should know better by now that for many years, certain projects undertaken by the government, regardless of which government it was, has had a certain degree of political influence. The man was simply cautioning the good doctor against that

    • D
      November 21, 2012

      Good thing this is your opinion wii….my goodness

    • MIND OF MY OWN
      November 21, 2012

      my brother I am in full agreement with you. Let me say hats off to Dr. Valmond. I am also wondering where the heck did they come up with this committee from ? We know who these people are and we know the things they have done and the things they are capable of doing. we know of the way some of these people on this committee have silently and some actively perpetuated the culture of victimising people and their children who do not support the RED PARTY. Dr. Valmond may not know of this but we do. And may i ask why is Loreen Bannis Roberts on the committee when she doesn’t live in dominica? Is she going to return home every time the occasion comes to select a student? But we are watching you guys very closely and make no mistakes about it we will be calling evil by its name every time it raises its ugly head enuff is enuff and it is time the people of God stand and speak out against any evil or wickedness in this village. Jah Bless u Augustus! Thought provoking comment Mr Hilroy alfred. Never stop speaking the things God has ordered you to speak.

      • Jahsen-jah
        November 21, 2012

        :wink:

    • abjb28
      January 5, 2013

      I did not see any political gestures in Mr. Valomond’s generous move. Perhaps Mr. alfred has an “axe to grind” and he using this as an excuse

  34. mahaut
    November 20, 2012

    thanks

  35. ASSUASS
    November 20, 2012

    Good job Doc,may the lord continue blessing you so you cud always give back you are a blessing :-D :-D

  36. Di Londoner
    November 20, 2012

    AN AUTHENTIC, GENUINE SON OF THE D/CA SOIL…..

  37. pingo
    November 20, 2012

    Well done Augustus.. Well done.

  38. Simple.
    November 20, 2012

    Great stuff.

  39. Wander
    November 20, 2012

    Whaw !!!! Lovely that’s what some others
    Should be doing instead of getting involve
    In dirty politics. And not giving back to their
    Country god bless you great job

  40. Zicack Girl
    November 20, 2012

    Good to hear of our people taking their education seriously and making a difference.

    Congratulations Dr. Valmond!!!!

  41. Anonymous
    November 20, 2012

    Wow! very nice – my class prefect in 1st form. Very good gesture.

    • augustus valmond
      November 21, 2012

      Thank you!

    • augustus valmond
      November 24, 2012

      please tell me who you are…

  42. ASSUASS
    November 20, 2012

    thats very good

  43. November 20, 2012

    Great job Doc, keep up the good work.

  44. Anonymous
    November 20, 2012

    That is great. Thank you for giving back to your country.

  45. bougla
    November 20, 2012

    Well done! We need more of this.

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