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Vincentian doctor gets award from ex-teachers in New York

Vincentian doctor gets award from ex-teachers in New York


Dr Clifford Young is latest honouree of the St Vincent and the Grenadines Ex-Teachers Association of Brooklyn, New York.

Young was this year’s recipient for his service to the community, when the association held its 33rd anniversary luncheon, adorned by the usual panache, last Sunday at the Grand Prospect Hall in Brooklyn.{{more}}

Young, who hails from the town of Calliaqua, migrated to the USA in 1980, soon after completing his studies in Laboratory Technology at the Barbados Community College.

This was made possible as he was awarded a Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization Scholarship.

A former student of the St Martin’s Secondary School and the Calliaqua Anglican School, Young, in his acceptance speech, disclosed that he came from humble beginnings and urged persons to remember their roots and bring up their children with the morals and discipline that they were taught.

He emphasized that it’s not where you live, but what you teach your children that is essential and important.

Young, a father of three, said that the formula he used with his children seems to have worked.

He, therefore, encouraged young persons at the event to strive for the best, as they can do anything they put their minds and head to.

Dr Young has had his own private practice ‘Citi Medical of Canarsie, P.C.’ since 2003, following a lengthy stint at Kings County Hospital Center, where he had previously done his Medical Internship.

In 1992, Dr Young became an Emergency Room Attending Physician at Kings County’ Hospital Center, where he remained until 2003.

As the director of his own practice, Young is also an Attending Physician at Woodhull Hospital Medical Center and in the Department of Medicine at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center.

In addition, he is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, where he teaches Physical Diagnosis.

Young’s selfless service has been otherwise recognized, as he has received numerous awards; as recently as last year, he received the Caribbean American Health Care Award 2015 also, including the Congressional Award for Outstanding Health Care in the Community, the Thomas R Fortune Health Care Professional of the Year, the Family Services Network of New York Outstanding Medical Leadership, the CPAC Health Care Award, and the Doctor’s Day Award from the Health and Hospital Corporation.

Dr Young did not forget to thank the many patients and other persons who had been his support system over the years, among them his wife, children, brother, other family members and other persons, some of whom he listed individually.

Also receiving appreciation from the organization on the day were persons who have been long-term supporters of the Ex-Teachers Association.

A gift basket was presented to Dawn Duncan and Margaret Knights, who were singled out by member Princess Ferdinand Davis for supporting her over the years.

Pamela Mornix and Dawn Matthews were also acknowledged and each received a bouquet of flowers.

A special presentation went to radio personality Don Bobb, who has, over the years, been the Master of Ceremonies at the function and has done an excellent job without wavering in his availability.

Preceding the luncheon was a cocktail hour. Council general Selmon Walters, the UN Ambassador E Rhonda King and COSAGO president Laverne Mc Dowald Thompson all gave short remarks, after which patrons partied to the music of DJ Supa Eyes.

The next activity of the Ex-Teachers Association is the Black History month education forum, which takes place Friday, February 26, at the Trinity Methodist Church on Eastern Parkway.

This year’s topic is “Black Lives Matter”.