Updated: Jul 26, 2019
What is the essence of life? Greek Philosopher Aristotle says: “To serve others and to do good.’’ That two-thousand-year-old saying still serves as the platform for which House of Ellis’ foundation is laid. The greatest thing about our mission; why we engage each day, why we inspire others, are the benefits it offers to individual recipients, their families and communities, and the people on a whole. It’s the reason why we go above and beyond to ensure that our ‘smile meter’ always remain full. This is more so evident when we give back to the communities that shaped our very existence.
Graduation Assistance is one of our flagship programmes and this year our aim was to expand our reach as well as being innovative. For many students the gown, the cap or the sash not just signifies the end of their primary school life but the beginning of the next chapter of their educational journey. For others, however, that walk across the stage will be their only moment to ‘shine’ in front of their family and friends. It’s for such reason that our graduation donations this year, more specifically our graduation medal of achievement, aspired to make this milestone memorable for all those who made that walk. No one or nothing could have prepared us for the impact we would make.
What started out as an extension of two (2) to five (5) schools this year became an experience we would never forget. Graduation season saw us leaving our mark on nine (9) schools and awarding about two hundred (200) students, on the mainland and in the Grenadines. The schools are: Bequia Anglican, Paget Farm Government, Dickson Methodist, Pamelus Burke Government, North Union Secondary, Georgetown Government, Owia Government, New Grounds Primary and the St. Mary’s R C School.
Our scholarship recipients increased as well. Jevon McCoy – Pamelus Burke Government and Ja’Mya Cyrus – Georgetown Government both received our US$5OO award. The Caribbean Primary Exit Assessment (CPEA) recipients were:
Jevon McCoy and Kishorn Thompson – Pamelus Burke Government
Shemoya Samuel and Rihann Cozier – Bequia Anglican Primary
Tye Lowman and Kasbert Springer – Georgetown Government
Zohanna Ollivierre – Paget Farm Government
Akila Baptiste – Owia Government
Jediah Seymour – Dickson Methodist
There is nothing like knowing how much you’ve affected the lives of the people you’ve touched. Venita Homer – grandmother of one of our recipients said, “A hearty thank you to House of Ellis for your generous support throughout the various schools. Our students have appreciated every gift that was offered to them. God bless this organization.”
“It was an honour giving back to our community and country,” President and Founder of House of Ellis - McGregor Lance Ellis said in reflecting on this year’s graduation season. “I am truly humbled by it. In fact, I'm lost for words because I'm still in shock that House of Ellis was able to give back so much to these schools. Plus, the smiles on the students faces are totally worth it.”
“I have a fabulous team,” he continued, “Ronnett Williams, Kensley Dean, Ronique Cain, Andy Jackson, Dr Merlan Ellis, Amelia Ross, Jevisha Lawrence, Ilysa Steinberg, Brett Bavasso, Vlad Gman, Tamara Barrow, my family, friends and well-wishers – who understand my vision and continue to invest in House of Ellis. We’re breaking limits because of them,” he further explained.
Denzil Washington – award winning actor, motivational speaker, author and philanthropist couldn’t have but it any better when he said - “At the end of the day, it's not about what you have or even what you've accomplished. It's about what you've done with those accomplishments. It’s about who you've lifted up, who you've made better. It’s about what you've given back."