Well wishers and friends of Venezuelan ambassador, Carmen Martinez de Grijalva, gathered on Thursday evening at a surprise concert to say goodbye to the diplomat who is ending her 12-year tour of duty in Dominica.
Many expressed their gratitude for the cooperation and support received from de Grijalva, who on many occasions during the event had tears in her eyes.
Dominica’s ambassador to Venezuela, Dr. Philbert Aaron, said the outgoing ambassador had her hands in many of the aspects that strengthened the relationship between the two nations. “Everybody knows you’ve had your hand in Dominica joining Petro Caribe, Dominica being in ALBA and the strengthening of the relationship between Dominica and Venezuela and the very strong relationship that now exist,” he stated.
He said de Grijalva will always have a special place in the hearts of Dominicans. “In you, in the work you’ve done for Dominica, in your relationship with the individuals, in the government and for me personally it can be felt that you have a special place in your heart for our people, for our country and for our issues,” Aaron said.
There were many special presentations at the event and the outgoing diplomat dedicated them all to her country’s president, Hugo Chavez, who she said gave her the opportunity to work in Dominica.
She said Dominica will always be in her heart and she pledged to work in the interest of the island, no matter where her next assignment takes her.
The event was organized by the staff of the Venezuelan Institute for Culture and Cooperation in Dominica with the assistance of senior cultural officer, Pearl Christian.
There were performances by the Cuatro and Dance Groups of the Venezeulan Institute, Sisserou Singers, Gregory Rabbes, Hunter, and Ophelia.