From building bridges to seeing the world resolutions for 2013
It’s that time of year again when resolutions dominate personal and professional goals.
The Royal Gazette spoke with residents to see where they planned to focus their efforts in 2013.
Mayor of Hamilton Graeme Outerbridge said his main goal will be to “find more ways to raise revenue to make the City of Hamilton a better place”.
After seven months on the job he said: “It has been a steep learning curve with considerable challenges, but it has been a lot of fun too.
“I look forward to getting things done in the New Year as we have quite a few projects we want to proceed with.”
Former Member of Parliament Dale Butler said his hope was “to raise funds to take the Giant Steps Band to Cuba”.
“We’re trying to raise $40,000 to take the Giant Steps Band to perform in December 2013. It’s been going slowly but we’re getting there the old fashioned way, through bake sales and other events.”
Bermuda Healthcare Advocacy Group co-founder Mark Selley said of that organisation’s plans for 2013: “Our advocacy group will continue to work alongside hospital representatives in harmony.
“Personally I would always like to have better health which is my wish for everyone, including myself every year.”
Said former MP John Barritt of his plans for the New Year: “[I will] continue to do what I can, where I can, to effect actual change to politics here in Bermuda. On a more personal level, exercise far more often and eat right.”
Tourism advocate Tony Brannon sees 2013 as a “year of renewal for Bermuda”.
“I’m hoping to be a part of some of the interesting ideas and concepts that can help revive Bermuda as a tourism destination going forward and I’m looking forward to another wonderful concert to follow on the success of the tribute to John Lennon,” he said.
“We’re hoping to make it an annual event to celebrate World Peace Day on September 21 by celebrating the music of other great local and international artists. Apart from that I just want to say ‘Happy New Year Bermuda’.”
Sheelagh Cooper of the Coalition for the Protection of Children had two resolutions for 2013.
“First, to talk less and listen more! And secondly to read all the books piled up on my bedside table before buying any more,” she said.
Family Centre executive director Martha Dismont submitted a list that was “not necessarily in order of importance”.
“I have the following resolutions: to be a stronger and more vocal advocate for the very vulnerable in our society — children; to work with this new Government and my colleagues in the field to come with a sustainable solution to gang involvement and gang violence; to ensure the Family Centre is well supported in order to continue its work with families at risk and to spend more meaningful time with my immediate family.”
Digicel Bermuda CEO Wayne Caines plans to “love more, spend more time with loved ones and family members and daily worship with family”.
Personal fitness also falls on his list: “I plan to go to the gym every day,” he said.
His twin brother Dwayne Caines, media manager for the Bermuda Police Service, said he plans “to stay focused on the people and things that matter most”.
“I plan to enjoy my daughters more and make a difference in the lives of others.”
Retired businessman Ernest DeCouto plans to travel more.
“I’ve worked hard all my life and I’d like to just get out and see some of the world,” he said.
“My children are all grown and out on their own. I ran Cycle Care Ltd for many years thankfully my sons run it now so they have all the headaches.”
Registered nurse Lynette Bean said: “I’m just going to be the best that I can be, I will try to be helpful and live a good life. Every day is a blessed day for me.”
One Bermuda Alliance MP Cole Simons will work to “connect bridges and bring people together who would normally not be together”.
“My resolution is to help the community to once again be at peace with itself.
“I also plan to be more open to listening to different ideas and perspectives so that we can create a new vision of peace for Bermuda.”
Shannon’s clothing store owner Keith Trott said he really doesn’t make resolutions, but he had one wish for the New Year.
“I wish everybody would just tell the truth and be more forthcoming. Be honest; that’s it.”
The Hamilton businessman has operated the men’s clothing store for 30 years.
“We have good prices, good quality and good service and I think that’s what Bermuda is lacking. The retail industry is challenging but if you keep challenging yourself, you’re going to do better and better.
“I’m looking forward to more good business in the New Year, I think everyone is. Whether its going to be easy or not that’s a challenge I look forward to.”
Capital G employee Khyri Mello was planning to be the best he could be.
“I need to improve in the areas that I have been lacking — one area would be my fitness level.
“I’m not a couch potato but I would like to get on the football field. I’m not sure which team, maybe North Village; I’m still figuring that out.
“The one thing I know is I want to be a striker in 2013.”