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A testimonial banquet in honour of Mrs. Ironaca Morris-Baker under the distinguished patronage of Senator, the Honourable Dr. Ivy Dumont, Minister of Health & Environment
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Morris-Baker, Ironaca -- 1934-2010   ( lcsh )
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Retirement banquet was held Sunday June 18, 1994 in the Grand Salon of the Radison Grand Hotel, Paradise Island, Bahamas.
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Biography of Mrs Morris-Baker is found on pp. 5-6.

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In Honour of MRS. IRONACA MORRIS-BAKER Under the distinguished patronage of Senator, The Honourable Dr. Ivy Dumont Minister of Health & Environment on Saturday, 18th)une, 1994 at 7:00P.M. in the Grand Saloon Raddison Grand Hotel Paradise Island

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A Tribute To An Outstanding Nur .. Mrs. Ironaca Morris-Baker, Sr. B.S.N., M.Ed., R.N., R.M., Director of Nursing, October 12th, 1983-May 25th, 1994 "I am not afraid of tomorrow for I have seen yesterday and I have today." "Service to mankind is the greatest worK of life" Many nurses have participated in whatever achievements have been accomplished during my years of service. All was done for the honour and glory of God.

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Tribute to Mrs. Ironaca Morris-Baker From Senato r The Honourable Dr. Ivy L. Dumont Minister of Health an d E n v ir onment It is my privil e g e to b e assoc i a ted wit h t his t estimon i a l banquet in recognition of one whose d e v o t e d service to h e r chosen p r o f e ssi o n h a s spanned forty (40) years. To have been a nurse f o r forty years is quite an accom p lish s m ent; and to reach the top o f one's pro fession is an exemplary achievement. Our honoure e has managed t o d o b oth and thus has earned the accolades that are being bestowed on her. Mrs. Ironaca Morris -Baker began her professional life as a teacher. She then decided to qualify in the field of nursing. However, because of her love for teaching, she combined both honourable professions and became a nurse tutor. She served for twenty (20) years until she was promoted to the post of Director of Nursing in 1983. Throughout her years of service, Mrs. M o rri s -Baker was b le ssed wit h a supportiv e family. She has enjoyed the freed o m to travel and to work the lon g and t iring hours that h e r pro f e ssion d e manded. M r s Baker's pro f ession has enabled her to touch the lives of many individuals and families in a very positive manner as she sought to educate, advise and comfort. Indeed, she seemed never to become weary in so doing. Many Bahamian men and women have cause to thank her for guiding them into the nursing profession. I wish to thank Mrs. Morris-Baker for her devotion to her profession and to the Ministry of Health and Environment over the years. On behalf of the Government of The Bahamas and the Ministry of Health and Environment, Mrs. Morris-Baker I wish you to know that we appreciate you and all you have accomplished in service to your country. May God bless you as you enter a new stage on your journey through life and may He keep you and yours under the shadow of His wings. ---::: -. -/ ' y/ IVY L. DUMONT Minister of Health and Environment

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A TRIBUTE FROM JOSHUA SEAR S PERMANENT SECRETAR Y MINISTRY OF HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT I am pleased to pay tribute to a public officer whose knowledge, performance, ability and leadership in the field of nursing have fostered a great respect for nurses and the profession of nursing. Characteristics such as technical competence, accountability, emotional stability and interpersonal expertise are necessary for one to prevail in one's chosen profession. Mrs. Morris-Baker not only exhibited those qualities, but also demanded that they be exhibited by all nurses of the Ministry of Health and Environment and in The Bahamas. I have been privileged to work with this outstanding public officer. Her contribution to nursing in particular, and the Ministry of Health and Environment will be long remembered. I wish to thank her for her perso nal support and commitment during my tenure as Permanent Secre tary. M ay s h e continue to give of the generos ity of her heart. I pray that Mrs. B ake r will enjoy a l o n g and happy r e t ire m ent a n d may God continue to bless her. Sears erermanent Secretary

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TRIBUTE FROM BEVERLY E. FORD DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF NURSING MINISTRY OF HEALTH &ENVIRONMENT For the past forty ( 40) years I have been privilege d to enjoy a relationship with Mrs. Ironaca MorrisBaker both as a friend and a colleague, and I am therefore most appreciative of the opportunity to pay tribute t o her on this occassion. Our honouree is a very kind, sympathetic, warm hearted lady, who loves and respects her fellowmen and cherishes a deep abiding faith in her Lord. Although a stern disciplinarian, she possesses a lively sense of humour, and enjo ys a reason for celebration. Always a good student, our honouree was not merely contented to be a nurse, she had to teach the art of nursing. As Principal Nursing Officer of The Bahamas School of Nursing, she used the opportunity to teach the youth of our nation, who came under her guidance, not only how to be a good nurse, but also the importance of being responsible, knowledgeable, respectable and contributing members of society. I am sure that retirement for our honouree will mean finding the time to do all the many things that, before now she did not have the time to do.Iam equally sure that,should the need arise for u s to call on her nursing expertise she would be willing to share with us. Mrs. Morris-Baker, on behalf of all the nurses of the Ministry of Health and Environment, I wish you to know that we love you, we thank God for you, and we pray that you and your family will continue to be guided and strengthened by the good Lord w hose love you have demonstrated each day. 3 .. \ _. \ ....___ -' -. : -, ..... ..,..__ .:. BEVERLY E. FORD Deputy Director of Nursing

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MESSAGE FROM THE CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER I take this opportunity to pay tribute and publicly acknowledge the support received from a professional colleague over a number of years. Mrs. Ironaca Morris-Baker has been known to me professionally since 1978 and personally for almost five decades. As a professional colleague, I came to respect her commitment and dedication to nursing education. I observed her during the many hours we spent in the early 1980's in committees addressing the development of the college program for nursing education, and saw at first-hand the depth and range of her understanding of the education process. I extend my warmest regards and best wishes for the future. I I ( I L ..,\...., ................. I I I i , L L .. \,.; VERNELL T. ALLEN 4

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BIOGRAPHICAL PROFILE Mrs. Ironaca Morris-Baker received her early education at Southern Primary and Southern Senior Schools. She won a scholarship to attend High School at St. Francis Xaviers Academy from 1945-1949 and graduated with the Senior Cambridge Certificate. She continued her education at The Bahamas Teachers College where she trained as a teacher and taught at the Eastern Senior School under the great educator, the late Donald W. Davis. In June 1954,Mrs.Bakerwas selected to train as anurseunderthe Colonial Scholarship Scheme at the Orpington and Sevenoaks Hospital in Kent. She was the Silver Medallist for the class and qualified as a State RegisteredNurse.Hermidwifery studies took place atDulwichMaternity Hospital and Colches ter Maternity Hospital,Essex. She was awarded the prize for midwifery and became a State Certified Midwife in June, 1959. Mrs. Baker's goal was to work in The Bahamas and gain the required experience to pursue studies in nursing education. She commenced work at the Princess Margaret Hospital in August 1959 as a Staff Nurse and was promoted to Nursing Sister in February, 1960. From 1964to 1966,Mrs.Baker studied at the Royal College ofNursing,Londonandobtained London University Sister Tutor' s Diploma. On return to The Bahamas, she was allocated to The Bahamas School of Nursing where she actively participated in the training programme for Registered Nurses and Enrolled Nurses. Soon after, the Princess Margaret Hospital School of Nltrsing received full reciprocity with the General Nursing Council of England and Wales. In December, 1968 Mrs. Baker was appointed Principal Nursing Officer to the newly upgraded Department of Nursing Education which was eventually responsible for the five nursing programmes. The programmes were: 1. Registered Nurse 2 Registered Midwives 3. Enrolled Clinical Nurses 4. Psychiatric Nursing Programmes (for Registered Nurses and Trained Clinical Nurses) 5. Maternal and Child Health (for Trained Clinical Nurses. ) Mrs. Baker also participated in regional activities. The survey of the Schools of Nursing in the Carib bean took place in 1971. Mrs. Baker accompanied Dame Nita Barrow to survey the Schools of Nursing in Jamaica. The Bahamas School of Nursing was one of five accredited Schools of Nursing in the Caribbean. In 1976 she sought and obtained entrance to the University of Miami to pursue a degree in nursing During the two years of her release she was awarded Summa Cum Laude, the Bachelor's Degree in Nursing and Master's Degree in Education and was accepted into Sigma theta Tau,National Honour Society, United States of America. Mrs.Bakerrecognized that in the professionalization ofnursing,nursing education should be placed in the highest educational institution in the community Hence, she actively participated in the meetings with the College of The Bahamas for the transfer of nursing education to the College of The Bahamas. Mrs. Baker was appointed Director of Nursing in 1983 and Chairman of the Nursing Council 1984 1992. 5

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Over the years, Mrs. Baker worked closely with The Bahamas Graduate Nurses' Association, and was pivotal in the merger to form a United Nurses Association of The Bahamas and the development of the new constitution and the new image. Mrs. Baker also participated in many civic and community affairs. She is a charter member of the Pilot Club of Nassau, which began in 197 4, and has served on various committees and held many offices including that of President 1985 1986, Mrs. Baker was also instrumental in the clubs' project assist ing the National Drug Council and the Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre and presently serves as Director and member of the Youth Division of the Pilot Club. Mrs. Baker was joined in holy matrimony in 1960 to the late Shadrach Andrew Morris, who died in 1982. They have three (3) childrenSharon, Monique and Andrew. Mrs. Baker met and married Mr. Gorman Baker in August 1988. An ardent Roman Catholic, Mrs. Baker and family worship at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, Boyd Road. She has served as CCD teacher and works in the programme for the elderly. She assists in Church projects and is a member of St. Joseph's Choir. Mrs. Baker has travelled widely and pursues her hobbies of reading, sewing, gardening and entertaining. 6

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'1 am not afraid of tomorrow, for I have seen yesterday and I love today." By: William Allen-wright

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*** PROGRAMME *** MASTER OF CEREMONIES .................................. Miss Mary Johnson Actg. Director of Nursing NATIONAL ANTHEM INVOCATION ...................................... Father Michael Kelly, SS. CC. WELCOME REMARKS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mrs. Theda Gopdet DINNER Principal Nursing Officer Princess Margaret Hospital TRIBUTE .......................................... Sen. the Hon. Dr. Ivy Dumont Minister of Health & Environment KEYNOTE ADDRESS ......................................... Dr. Eugene Newry Neuro-Surgeon -PMH ROAST ....................................................... Mr. James Catlyn PRESENTATIONS V --r Pu .. crrs.KJr Q-o f.J () t.J (<._ e:;A.c.-f-1 IJ (/lt g b..I tr ft-c {n::t' Ov ,'1.-"FA:r-tlt-J VOTE OF THANKS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mrs. Jennie Isaacs, Provost College of The Bahamas ( GCC) BENEDICTION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Father Michael Kelly, SS. CC. DANCING UNTIL

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** BANQUET DINNER MENU ** Conch Chowder ** Tossed Salad ** Stuffed Cornish Hen ** Baked Stuffed Potato ** Buttered Broccoli ** Glazed Carrots ** Mango Cheese Cake ** Coffee/Tea 9

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BANQUET COMMITTEE Beverly E. Ford, Deputy Director of Nursing Chairperson Theda Godet, Principal Nursing Officer (PMH) Celeste Lockhart, Principal Nursing Officer (CNS) Mary Johnson, Principal Nursing Officer (SRC) Sylvia Davis, Principal Nursing Officer (RMH) Jennie M. Isaacs, Provost, College of The Bahamas (GCC) Rosemarie Thompson Maggie Moss Irene Coakley Bernadette Godet Gloria Gardiner Patricia Bethel Marieletta Butler Stephanie Poitier Deborah Fox Dorothy Miller Doralee MurphyTaylor Eunice Deane Dorphany Simmons Rosemae Bain Roslyn Johnson Movena Bowe-Clarke Linda Wilson Zona Moncur Vanessa Small Judymae Brice-Recording Secretary Dulcie Pratt Willamae Lotmore 10

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The Parish Fatnily of St. Joseph's Catholic Church Boyd Road, Nassau to MRS. IRONACA MORRIS-BAKER Director of Nursing at the time of her retirement We ask God the Father, Son & Holy Spirit to continue blessing you in many ways. St. Joseph's Church P .0. Box N -4388 Tel: 323-5993 Sunday Masses are at 6:30a.m.; 9:00a.m. & 11:00 a.m. 11

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on your retirement from The-Public Service after 43 years and 4 months We are proud of you Love From: MAMA, ILONKA, REORIEN, VENUS, YVONNE 12

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The Nurses' Association of the Colllfllon-wealth of The Bahan1as MRS. IRONACA BAKER For the contributions she has made to the Profession of Nursing 13

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Emily Osadebay Julieth Minnis Patsy Morris Beluah Smith Annette Okpuno Constance Comery RA Thompson George Forbes from Charlotte Thompson Yvonne Clarke Audrey Major Rolle Eunice Dean Ivy Wilson Dorphney Simmons Lillymae Major Maggie Turner SOLOMON BROTHERS Priscilla Williams David Duncanson Linda Wilson Movena BoweClarke James Catlyn Thomas Holbert 14

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and {jlj&fb rJrv J/(}(ff . FROM COMMUNI1Y NURSING SERVICE TEAM Grand Bahama

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& may God's richest blessings continue to be yours on your retirement from The Public Service You have served the people of The Bahamas with singular altruistic and zealous devotions of which I am proud, if sometime jealous, you have given all to the cause, but of necessity some areas of your life have been neglected; you have kept the commandment-REV. DR. ORTHLAND H. BODIE, SR.

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The Nursing Staff of Princess Margaret Hospital MRS. IRONACA MORRIS-BAKER on reaching her golden years and retirement after a successful career in nursing. Our Very Best Wishes For Your Future PEACE IN LIFE !!! 17

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As You Begin This New-Phase Of Your Life. From The Nursing Staff SANDILANDS REHABILATATION CENTRE 19

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Your life from public haunts, find tongues in trees books in the running brooks, sermons in stones and good in everything Shakespeare from the Staff of School Health Services to MRS. I. MORRIS-BAKER On her retirement as Director of Nursing Wishing You All The Best In Your Future Endeavours TC IN Ruth W alkes (Paediatric Clinic) TC IN Willamae McPhee Lotmore (Surgical Clinic) TCIN Vernita Johnson (Surgical Clinic) TC IN Rosalie Smith (Surgical Clinic) SIN Shirley Cox Henderson (Surgical Clinic) SIN Jennifer Marshall Mackey (Surgical Clinic) 20 Here's To A Lady, A Very Special Lady MAY GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS YOU IN THE YEARS TO COME Paul & Debbie Fox & The Boys Florinda Bastian &Family

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We The Descendants Of The Late STANLEY A. WILSON And The Late DELLA JANE WILSON IRONACA MORRISBAKER An Outstanding Lady; An Exceptional Human Being WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR MANY KINDNESS, YOUR LOVE AND YOUR FRIENDSHIP

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ST. JOSEPH'S SENIOR CHOIR .. ; .. .. t ,'", Salute andCongratulates Mrs. Ironaca Morris -Baker For her many years of Dedicated Service ENJOY YOUR RETIREMENT And May the good Lord continue to be with you. 'lnmnumniiii-IIIUIU Operating Room Staff Rand Memorial Hospital We, the Trained Clinical Nurses of P.M.H. SALUTE YOU God Bless

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It is with profound pleasure that I pay special tribute to a very special person whose contributions have been significant in the field of Nursing. From

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MEDI CENTER MEDICAL CLINIC Joins in honouring lronaca Morris-Baker f or lon g dedi c ated and e x empl ary se r v i ce to the Nursing P rofession and t o the C omm o nweal t h o f The B a h a m as The Medi C e nt e r Cl inic Telephone: 325-1649 113 C ollins Avenu e P.O. Box SS-6768 Nassau The Baham a s Heartfelt Congratulations tn As a physician as a friend former Minister of H ea lth. This is truly a deserved expression to one of our Bahamian pioneers in the field of Health Care who have contributed to the development of so many who serve our people throughout our land. I want to join those whohave publicly expressed themselves and the thousands who have not in hoping that God's richest blessings would continue with your always Since rely Dr. Norman R. Gay, M.P. Fresh Creek Constituency

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Mrs. Morris Baker with her husband, the late Mr. Shadrach Andrew Morris (deceased) Thanks for the Memories Ball 1989 Gorman, Ironaca & Sharon Mrs. Baker at Installation Ceremonies with the Pilot Club of Nassau, June, 1985.

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In Conference with the International Nurses in Mexico City -Dr. Joan Grayno and Mrs. Ironaca BakerMay, 1990.

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Joins in honouring I I IRONACA MORRIS-BAKER, on her retirement from the Public Service. Your service to nursing and to the people of The Bahamas has been exemplary.

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"K66p on loving, growing and living abundantly" Our Best Wishes On Your Retirement from the Public Service With L ove From I !commander Davy F. Roiie, R.B D.F., Mrs. Joan Roiie Mrs. Wendy Craigg Mrs. Yvette Thompson, Dr. !Christopher Basden Mrs. Rochael Williams Mr. Richard Rolle Mr Lome B Smith Jr. Mr Chester Smith IIMr. Scott Smith, Mrs. Yvena Brown, Mr. Kevesi and Kwanie Ryan and Mrs. Anastasia Willis II Best Wishes for the success of your endeavour J'Vtrs. J. c.7Vtorris-maker PREMIER TRAVEL COMPUTERIZED RESERVATIONS SERVICE FOR EFRCIENT HANDUNG OF: AIRLINE HOTEL & CAR RESERVATIONS CRUISES TOURS OPEN FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE FROM 9 A.M. P.M. MON-FRI 9 A.M. TO 12 noon SATURDAYS Centrally located on Collins Avenue, next to Wilmac's Pharmacy TEL: 328-0264/328-o257/322/325-6991 FAX: (809) 325-6878 Fully Approved lATA Agency

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To : MRS. I. MORRiS -BAKliR .. for over FORTY YEARS OF UNTIRING SERVICE TO HER COUNTRY From THE STAFF OF INAGUA & MAYAGUANA CLINICS Your Contribution To This Most Honourable Profession Will Etclted In The Annals Of Nursing ''With Every Rising Sun . Think OfYour Life As just Begun'' May God Bless You Always IRONACA LULA KNOWLES MRS. I. MORRIS-BAKER Thank you for the contributions you have made to nursing, the health care services and the people of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas. and may God richly bless you as you those luxurious years of retirement. From.:.-.: ... The Chairman, Council Members, Executive Director & Staff of the National Drug Council.

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MRS. I. MORRIS-BAKER Your and participation to the developiDent of the Nurses Association of . The Bahamas . will be .. proiDinent in the. annals of n ursing develo p .ment of T he Bahamas. Offices and Members of the Freeport Branch Nurses Association of The Bahamas On Your Retirement MRS. I. MORRIS-BAKER from THE NURSES RECOGNITION COMMITTEE r TO MRS I. BAKER Best Wishes For a beautiful and Happy Retirement May God continue to Bless You From The StafT Of The Clinics in Long Island

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For your support, kind and encouraging "W"ords. We thank you. from The Staff Of The Drug Council Fron1 The Staff of HUMAN RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT UNIT Ministry of Health and Environm.ent 25

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ON YOUR RETIREMENT To An Exceptionally Loving, Generous And Kind Human Being, CONGRATULATIONS AND GOD'S BLESSING BE WITH YOU TODAY AND ALWAYS Mr. Audley C. Kemp & Family 26

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The Executive Manageiilent Teaiil of PRINCESS MARGARET HOSPITAL Take this opportunity to acknowledge Your outstanding contribution to Nursing in the Ministry of Health We Wish You The Best In The Future The Officers and Members of the CONSORTIUM OF MISSION BAPTIST CHURCHES MRS. IRQNACA MORRIS-BAKER FOR OVER 40 YEARS OF FAITHFUL AND INVALUABLE SERVICE TO THE BAHAMIAN HEALTH COMMUNITY. ... Ye Shall Be Witnesses Unto Me Both In jerusalem, And In All Judea, And In Samaria, And The Utmost Parts Of The Earth." Acts 1:8 ''The Church In The Heart Of The Nation With The Nation In It's Heart." 27

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The Nursing Council Commonwealth of The Bahamas The Director of Nursing MRS. IRONACA BAKER completion of her nursing career and extends 28

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WE SALliTE YOU Mrs. Baker In honour of your dedicated, loyal service to THE NURSING PROFESSION AND BAHAMIAN PEOPLE From The Staff of ANN'S TOWN CLINIC FLEMING STREET STAFF Mrs. I. Morris-Baker for Outstanding Service May God contrinue to strengthen and sustain you CHRISTINE'S BEAUTY SALON SPECIALIZING IN LADIES & MEN'S HAIR PERMANENTS SCALP TREATMENT PROBLEM HAIR JERRIE CURLS WEAVE NOUVEAU CUTIING MANICURES ETC., ETC. CHRIStiNE BAKER PROPRIETOR -TEL 322-2892 OR 325-3958 P.O. BOX N 107 44 ATHOL ST. RIDGELAND PARK WEST

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from DR. VERN ELL T. ALLEN Chief Medical Officer May Your Future Endeavours Be As Fulfilling As Your Nursing Career

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Congratulations We, THE STAFF OF OnAJob MATERNITY WARD R.M.H., WELL DONE & A MUCH NEEDED RETIREMENT From: Appreciate Your Contribution To Nursing All The Best In The Future THE STAFF OF Coopers Town, Green Turtle Cay & Fox Town Clinics Mrs. Clarice Ferguson & Staff We know that all things work together for them that love the Lord. Romans: 8:28 The Coconut Grove Clinic Staff Extends & qjegb MRS. IRONACA MORRIS-BAKER On retiring after more than forty years of dedicated service to the Nursing profession 31

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:' Congratulations & God Blessings ON YOUR RETIREMENT May You Enjoy Yourself From: MRS. MALINDA GUNABE San Salvador Wishing You Good Health & God's Blessing ON YOUR RETIREMENT Many thanks for your contribu tion to nursing. From: Karen Demeritte Woodside & Nursing Staff SURGICAL WARD RAND MEMORIAL HOSPITAL Congratulations & Best Wishes ON YOUR RETIREMENT MRS.I. MORRIS-BAKER From: MANGROVE CAY AND KEMPS BAY, ANDROS CLINICS On this most auspicious occas sion. You have enriched the lives of many. May God continue to Bless You. 32 Etta Dean, Valerie & Vanessa

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For Your Support, Kind and Encouraging Words: WE THANK YOU THE STAFF OF BLUE HILL ROAD CLINIC from THE HOSPITAL MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE PATIENTS &STAFF SANDILANDS REHABILITATIO N CENTRE 33

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The Provost, Faculty of the Division of Nursing and Health Sciences, Faculty of Ministry of Health & Environment and All Support Staff of:GROSVENOR CLOSE CAMPUS COLLEGE OF THE BAHAMAS (previously, The Bahamas School of Nursing) MRS. IRONACA MORRIS-BAKER For her many years of valuable contribution to the profession of Nursing and especially Nurse Education. MAY GOD RICHLY BLESS YOU! 34

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& [iJed; fk MRS. IRONACA MORRIS-BAKER God be in your head And in your understanding. God be in your eyes, And in your looking; God be in your mouth, And in your speaking; God be in your heart, And in your thinking; God be at your end, And at your departing. From The OFFICE STAFF Department of Public Health Community Nursing Neither History Nor The Passage Of Time Can Erase The Invaluable Contribution You Have Made In The Field Of Nursing Education And Service In The Bahamas. MAY GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS YOU. IIIUUIIffiiUUIDIUmDII NURSING SUPERVISORS GRAND BAHAMA HEALTH SERVICES 35

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THE MEMBERS OF THE NURSING ADVISORY COMMITTEE Proudly Salute and Honour For your invaluable contribution to the profession of nursing during your tenure of unselfish service 1954-1994 May God bless you and grant you Health and Happiness as you enter this new phase of your life Mrs. Beverly Ford Mrs. Jennie Isaacs Mrs. Celeste Lockhart Mrs. Theda Godet Ms. Mary Johnson Ms. Sylvia Davis 36

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May your retirement years be filled and rich with God's blessings With Love from THE BAKERS Bernard and Brenelk, Sylvan and Linda Baker Dwight, Joy and D.J. Jeffrey, Michael, Christine & T erec ita All the best for the future. God Bless you and your family. from SHERVIN and .ALTHEA STUART & CHILDREN Enjoy Your Retirement We do not all arrive at that point from: Mr. & Mrs. Ivan Forbes & Family

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Delight thy self also in the Lord, And He shall give thee the desire s of thine. heart PSALMS 37 : 4 WE LOVE YOU God Bless You from THE STAFF OF GAMBIER & FOX HILL CLINICS Best Wishes On Your Retirement And For Your Outstanding Contribution in the field of Nursing from THE STAFF OF NICHOLLS TOWN CLINIC MANY THANKS For Your Untiring Service To The Nursing Profession MAY GOD BLESS AND KEEP YOU IN HIS CARE. from MRS. ANNA HALL & STAFF of MEDICAL WARD RAND MEMORIAL HOSPITAL The Staff Of HATCHET BAY, GREGORY TOWN, PAIMETIO POINT & GOVERNOR'S HARBOUR CLINICS MRS. I. MORRIS-BAKER For Her Contribution To The Nursing Profession WE THANK GOD WITH YOU & FOR YOU

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The Staff of ELIZABETH ESTATES CLINIC sends MRS. I. BAKER on this special milestone in her life WE LOVE YOU Congratulations from the STAFF OF GEORGE TOWN, STEVENTON, & FORBES HILL, EXUMA 39 Congratulations & Best Wishes to MRS. I. BAKER On Her Retirement GOD BLESS YOU from The Staff Of POST NATAL SERVICES

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The Superv'"tSor and Staff of The Accident & Emergency Out Patients Department RM.H. EXPRESS BEST WISHES For You As You Retire The days have been long, the weeks tedious, the months work filled, and the years reward ing. At the end of the day you can look back and say, "I did it my way and to the best of my ability." MAY GOD BLESS YOU & May You Continue To Enjoy The Fruits ofYour Labour May Your Ship of Ambition Continue to Steer You To Success From The Staff of FLAMINGO GARDENS CLINIC 40 TO: MRS. IRONACA MORRIS-BAKER Congratulations & Best Wishes on your retirement for over 40 years of dedicated, unselfish and outstanding service to the Nursing Profession on a National and International Level MAY GOD KEEP, GUIDE AND BLESS YOU ALWAYS Love TilE GODET FAMILY Next To God we are indebted to woman, ftrst for life itself, and then for making it worth living. MARY McLEOD BETHUNE from 1HE STAFF OF BIMINI CLINIC

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MRS. I. MORRIS-BAKER for your exemplary service to the Nursing profession of The Bahamas from THE SURVEILLANCE TEAM Blessing and Peace Be Yours To MRS. I. MORRIS-BAKER Enjoy Your Retirement from THE STAFF OF MARSH HARBOUR SANDY POINT & MOORES ISLAND CLINICS 41 Best Wishes On Your Retirement & May The Force Be With You From MRS. SYBIL ROKER & STAFF OF DIAH UNIT Rand Memorial Hospital

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''There is a woman at the beginning of all great things." Larmastirie From P.TS. 16 Janice Brooks, Nathalie Bonimy, Willamae Stuart Sandra Neville, Sandra Johnson, Hilda Douglas Zorene Curry, Stephanie Dean & Marilyn Knowles Today, as you reflect on your nursing career, may you feel the fulfillment, pleasure and gratification that is deserving of your service to humanity. "The only way to have a friend is to be one" Emerson from MRS. GLORIA STRACHAN Rock Sound, Eleuthera _42 Best Wishes and Special Thanks for Your Dedicated Senrice To the Nursing Profession. from THE STAFF OF PAEDIATRIC WARD Rand Memorial Hospital

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from SUNISLES WATCH & CLOCK CENTRE TEL.: 325-4856-322-1389 MONTROSE AVE., NASSAU, BAHAMAS ROBINSON ROAD, NASSAU, BAHAMAS Agents and Suppliers of Watches and Clocks by: SEIKO/CITIZEN QUARTZ/CASIO QUARTZ u f'Ot\ .10 1n,. :nu.,..,,r. ., .,. ... fO lt(OQI G WE SERVICE AND REPAIR ALL Q UART Z W AT C HES & C LOCKS WE CARRY BATTERIES FOR ALL W A T CHES & CLOCKS WE STOCK BRACELETS AND STRAPS FOR ALL WATCHES WE ALSO HAVE SPECIAL WATCHES FOR CHI LDREN AND TEENS Best Wishes You have reached another milestone in your life. ALL THE BEST for the future. From the Staff of ROCK SOUND, TARPUM BAY & WHYMS BIGHT CLINICS Congratulations to MRS. IRONACA MORRIS-BAKER for outstanding and dedicated work from PASTORS, OFFICERS &MEMBERS of CARMICHAEL BIBLE CHURCH Carmichael Bible Church Carmichael Road P.O. Box N-1224 A Caring Church With A Global Mission

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You're someone who's done all the things you could possibly do in your career. You've done so much for your family, too, and probably never turned down anyone who needed your help. So just think of what you can do now, on your own! With all the freedom you '11 ever want and all the experience you '11 ever need -just think of the future you've got to look forward to. Here' s wishing you the very best because the very best is about to begin! Congratulations & Best Wishes To A Great Lady May God Bless and Keep you always Love, David, Rosamae, Candace, Dave & Jonathan We Salute You MRS. I. BAKER You have given over forty years of meritorious service to the Nursing Profession. From THE STAFF OF FRESH CREEK ANDROS Congratulations For This Distinctive Achievement You Have Served Your Country Well Yw-m Alice, Astacia & Alyssa TIIE STAFF OF TIIE HEALTII INFORMATION COORDINATING SERVICES offers you Warmest Regards & Best Wishes On Your Retirement With Heartful Thanks & Appreciation for your years with us in Health

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TO FOUNDING MEMBER IRONACA MORRIS-BAKER ON YOUR RETIREMENT PILOTLY MEMBERS OF THE PILOT CLUB OF NASSAU CABLE ADDRESS NASDA NASSAU DAIRY PRODUCTS LIMITED LICENSED AS TO MANUFACTURERS SALES AND TRADE MARK RIGHTS OAKES FIELD P.O. BOX N-4834 NASSAU, BAHAMAS PHONE: 3-62623-6661 IF IT'S BORDEN. IT'S GOTTO BE GOOD!



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In Honour of MRS. IRONACA MORRIS-BAKER Under the distinguished patronage of Senator, The Honourable Dr. Ivy Dumont Minister of Health & Environment on Saturday, 18th)une, 1994 at 7:00P.M. in the Grand Saloon Raddison Grand Hotel Paradise Island

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A Tribute To An Outstanding Nur .. Mrs. Ironaca Morris-Baker, Sr. B.S.N., M.Ed., R.N., R.M., Director of Nursing, October 12th, 1983-May 25th, 1994 "I am not afraid of tomorrow for I have seen yesterday and I have today." "Service to mankind is the greatest worK of life" Many nurses have participated in whatever achievements have been accomplished during my years of service. All was done for the honour and glory of God.

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Tribute to Mrs. Ironaca Morris-Baker From Senato r The Honourable Dr. Ivy L. Dumont Minister of Health an d E n v ir onment It is my privil e g e to b e assoc i a ted wit h t his t estimon i a l banquet in recognition of one whose d e v o t e d service to h e r chosen p r o f e ssi o n h a s spanned forty (40) years. To have been a nurse f o r forty years is quite an accom p lish s m ent; and to reach the top o f one's pro fession is an exemplary achievement. Our honoure e has managed t o d o b oth and thus has earned the accolades that are being bestowed on her. Mrs. Ironaca Morris -Baker began her professional life as a teacher. She then decided to qualify in the field of nursing. However, because of her love for teaching, she combined both honourable professions and became a nurse tutor. She served for twenty (20) years until she was promoted to the post of Director of Nursing in 1983. Throughout her years of service, Mrs. M o rri s -Baker was b le ssed wit h a supportiv e family. She has enjoyed the freed o m to travel and to work the lon g and t iring hours that h e r pro f e ssion d e manded. M r s Baker's pro f ession has enabled her to touch the lives of many individuals and families in a very positive manner as she sought to educate, advise and comfort. Indeed, she seemed never to become weary in so doing. Many Bahamian men and women have cause to thank her for guiding them into the nursing profession. I wish to thank Mrs. Morris-Baker for her devotion to her profession and to the Ministry of Health and Environment over the years. On behalf of the Government of The Bahamas and the Ministry of Health and Environment, Mrs. Morris-Baker I wish you to know that we appreciate you and all you have accomplished in service to your country. May God bless you as you enter a new stage on your journey through life and may He keep you and yours under the shadow of His wings. ---::: -. -/ y/ IVY L. DUMONT Minister of Health and Environment

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A TRIBUTE FROM JOSHUA SEAR S PERMANENT SECRETAR Y MINISTRY OF HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT I am pleased to pay tribute to a public officer whose knowledge, performance, ability and leadership in the field of nursing have fostered a great respect for nurses and the profession of nursing. Characteristics such as technical competence, accountability, emotional stability and interpersonal expertise are necessary for one to prevail in one's chosen profession. Mrs. Morris-Baker not only exhibited those qualities, but also demanded that they be exhibited by all nurses of the Ministry of Health and Environment and in The Bahamas. I have been privileged to work with this outstanding public officer. Her contribution to nursing in particular, and the Ministry of Health and Environment will be long remembered. I wish to thank her for her perso nal support and commitment during my tenure as Permanent Secre tary. M ay s h e continue to give of the generos ity of her heart. I pray that Mrs. B ake r will enjoy a l o n g and happy r e t ire m ent a n d may God continue to bless her. Sears erermanent Secretary

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TRIBUTE FROM BEVERLY E. FORD DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF NURSING MINISTRY OF HEALTH &ENVIRONMENT For the past forty ( 40) years I have been privilege d to enjoy a relationship with Mrs. Ironaca MorrisBaker both as a friend and a colleague, and I am therefore most appreciative of the opportunity to pay tribute t o her on this occassion. Our honouree is a very kind, sympathetic, warm hearted lady, who loves and respects her fellowmen and cherishes a deep abiding faith in her Lord. Although a stern disciplinarian, she possesses a lively sense of humour, and enjo ys a reason for celebration. Always a good student, our honouree was not merely contented to be a nurse, she had to teach the art of nursing. As Principal Nursing Officer of The Bahamas School of Nursing, she used the opportunity to teach the youth of our nation, who came under her guidance, not only how to be a good nurse, but also the importance of being responsible, knowledgeable, respectable and contributing members of society. I am sure that retirement for our honouree will mean finding the time to do all the many things that, before now she did not have the time to do.Iam equally sure that,should the need arise for u s to call on her nursing expertise she would be willing to share with us. Mrs. Morris-Baker, on behalf of all the nurses of the Ministry of Health and Environment, I wish you to know that we love you, we thank God for you, and we pray that you and your family will continue to be guided and strengthened by the good Lord w hose love you have demonstrated each day. 3 .. \ _. \ ....___ -' -. : -, ..... ..,..__ .:. BEVERLY E. FORD Deputy Director of Nursing

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MESSAGE FROM THE CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER I take this opportunity to pay tribute and publicly acknowledge the support received from a professional colleague over a number of years. Mrs. Ironaca Morris-Baker has been known to me professionally since 1978 and personally for almost five decades. As a professional colleague, I came to respect her commitment and dedication to nursing education. I observed her during the many hours we spent in the early 1980's in committees addressing the development of the college program for nursing education, and saw at first-hand the depth and range of her understanding of the education process. I extend my warmest regards and best wishes for the future. I I ( I L ..,\...., ................. I I I i L L .. \,.; VERNELL T. ALLEN 4

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BIOGRAPHICAL PROFILE Mrs. Ironaca Morris-Baker received her early education at Southern Primary and Southern Senior Schools. She won a scholarship to attend High School at St. Francis Xaviers Academy from 1945-1949 and graduated with the Senior Cambridge Certificate. She continued her education at The Bahamas Teachers College where she trained as a teacher and taught at the Eastern Senior School under the great educator, the late Donald W. Davis. In June 1954,Mrs.Bakerwas selected to train as anurseunderthe Colonial Scholarship Scheme at the Orpington and Sevenoaks Hospital in Kent. She was the Silver Medallist for the class and qualified as a State RegisteredNurse.Hermidwifery studies took place atDulwichMaternity Hospital and Colches ter Maternity Hospital,Essex. She was awarded the prize for midwifery and became a State Certified Midwife in June, 1959. Mrs. Baker's goal was to work in The Bahamas and gain the required experience to pursue studies in nursing education. She commenced work at the Princess Margaret Hospital in August 1959 as a Staff Nurse and was promoted to Nursing Sister in February, 1960. From 1964to 1966,Mrs.Baker studied at the Royal College ofNursing,Londonandobtained London University Sister Tutor' s Diploma. On return to The Bahamas, she was allocated to The Bahamas School of Nursing where she actively participated in the training programme for Registered Nurses and Enrolled Nurses. Soon after, the Princess Margaret Hospital School of Nltrsing received full reciprocity with the General Nursing Council of England and Wales. In December, 1968 Mrs. Baker was appointed Principal Nursing Officer to the newly upgraded Department of Nursing Education which was eventually responsible for the five nursing programmes. The programmes were: 1. Registered Nurse 2 Registered Midwives 3. Enrolled Clinical Nurses 4. Psychiatric Nursing Programmes (for Registered Nurses and Trained Clinical Nurses) 5. Maternal and Child Health (for Trained Clinical Nurses. ) Mrs. Baker also participated in regional activities. The survey of the Schools of Nursing in the Carib bean took place in 1971. Mrs. Baker accompanied Dame Nita Barrow to survey the Schools of Nursing in Jamaica. The Bahamas School of Nursing was one of five accredited Schools of Nursing in the Caribbean. In 1976 she sought and obtained entrance to the University of Miami to pursue a degree in nursing During the two years of her release she was awarded Summa Cum Laude, the Bachelor's Degree in Nursing and Master's Degree in Education and was accepted into Sigma theta Tau,National Honour Society, United States of America. Mrs.Bakerrecognized that in the professionalization ofnursing,nursing education should be placed in the highest educational institution in the community Hence, she actively participated in the meetings with the College of The Bahamas for the transfer of nursing education to the College of The Bahamas. Mrs. Baker was appointed Director of Nursing in 1983 and Chairman of the Nursing Council 1984 1992. 5

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Over the years, Mrs. Baker worked closely with The Bahamas Graduate Nurses' Association, and was pivotal in the merger to form a United Nurses Association of The Bahamas and the development of the new constitution and the new image. Mrs. Baker also participated in many civic and community affairs. She is a charter member of the Pilot Club of Nassau, which began in 197 4, and has served on various committees and held many offices including that of President 1985 1986, Mrs. Baker was also instrumental in the clubs' project assist ing the National Drug Council and the Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre and presently serves as Director and member of the Youth Division of the Pilot Club. Mrs. Baker was joined in holy matrimony in 1960 to the late Shadrach Andrew Morris, who died in 1982. They have three (3) childrenSharon, Monique and Andrew. Mrs. Baker met and married Mr. Gorman Baker in August 1988. An ardent Roman Catholic, Mrs. Baker and family worship at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, Boyd Road. She has served as CCD teacher and works in the programme for the elderly. She assists in Church projects and is a member of St. Joseph's Choir. Mrs. Baker has travelled widely and pursues her hobbies of reading, sewing, gardening and entertaining. 6

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'1 am not afraid of tomorrow, for I have seen yesterday and I love today." By: William Allen-wright

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*** PROGRAMME *** MASTER OF CEREMONIES .................................. Miss Mary Johnson Actg. Director of Nursing NATIONAL ANTHEM INVOCATION ...................................... Father Michael Kelly, SS. CC. WELCOME REMARKS . Mrs. Theda Gopdet DINNER Principal Nursing Officer Princess Margaret Hospital TRIBUTE .......................................... Sen. the Hon. Dr. Ivy Dumont Minister of Health & Environment KEYNOTE ADDRESS ......................................... Dr. Eugene Newry Neuro-Surgeon -PMH ROAST ....................................................... Mr. James Catlyn PRESENTATIONS V --r Pu .. crrs.KJr Q-o f.J () t.J (<._ e:;A.c.-f-1 IJ (/lt g b..I tr ft-c {n::t' Ov ,'1.-"FA:r-tlt-J VOTE OF THANKS . Mrs. Jennie Isaacs, Provost College of The Bahamas ( GCC) BENEDICTION . Father Michael Kelly, SS. CC. DANCING UNTIL

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** BANQUET DINNER MENU ** Conch Chowder ** Tossed Salad ** Stuffed Cornish Hen ** Baked Stuffed Potato ** Buttered Broccoli ** Glazed Carrots ** Mango Cheese Cake ** Coffee/Tea 9

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BANQUET COMMITTEE Beverly E. Ford, Deputy Director of Nursing Chairperson Theda Godet, Principal Nursing Officer (PMH) Celeste Lockhart, Principal Nursing Officer (CNS) Mary Johnson, Principal Nursing Officer (SRC) Sylvia Davis, Principal Nursing Officer (RMH) Jennie M. Isaacs, Provost, College of The Bahamas (GCC) Rosemarie Thompson Maggie Moss Irene Coakley Bernadette Godet Gloria Gardiner Patricia Bethel Marieletta Butler Stephanie Poitier Deborah Fox Dorothy Miller Doralee MurphyTaylor Eunice Deane Dorphany Simmons Rosemae Bain Roslyn Johnson Movena Bowe-Clarke Linda Wilson Zona Moncur Vanessa Small Judymae Brice-Recording Secretary Dulcie Pratt Willamae Lotmore 10

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The Parish Fatnily of St. Joseph's Catholic Church Boyd Road, Nassau to MRS. IRONACA MORRIS-BAKER Director of Nursing at the time of her retirement We ask God the Father, Son & Holy Spirit to continue blessing you in many ways. St. Joseph's Church P .0. Box N -4388 Tel: 323-5993 Sunday Masses are at 6:30a.m.; 9:00a.m. & 11:00 a.m. 11

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on your retirement from The-Public Service after 43 years and 4 months We are proud of you Love From: MAMA, ILONKA, REORIEN, VENUS, YVONNE 12

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The Nurses' Association of the Colllfllon-wealth of The Bahan1as MRS. IRONACA BAKER For the contributions she has made to the Profession of Nursing 13

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Emily Osadebay Julieth Minnis Patsy Morris Beluah Smith Annette Okpuno Constance Comery RA Thompson George Forbes from Charlotte Thompson Yvonne Clarke Audrey Major Rolle Eunice Dean Ivy Wilson Dorphney Simmons Lillymae Major Maggie Turner SOLOMON BROTHERS Priscilla Williams David Duncanson Linda Wilson Movena BoweClarke James Catlyn Thomas Holbert 14

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and {jlj&fb rJrv J/(}(ff FROM COMMUNI1Y NURSING SERVICE TEAM Grand Bahama

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& may God's richest blessings continue to be yours on your retirement from The Public Service You have served the people of The Bahamas with singular altruistic and zealous devotions of which I am proud, if sometime jealous, you have given all to the cause, but of necessity some areas of your life have been neglected; you have kept the commandment-REV. DR. ORTHLAND H. BODIE, SR.

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The Nursing Staff of Princess Margaret Hospital MRS. IRONACA MORRIS-BAKER on reaching her golden years and retirement after a successful career in nursing. Our Very Best Wishes For Your Future PEACE IN LIFE !!! 17

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As You Begin This New-Phase Of Your Life. From The Nursing Staff SANDILANDS REHABILATATION CENTRE 19

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Your life from public haunts, find tongues in trees books in the running brooks, sermons in stones and good in everything Shakespeare from the Staff of School Health Services to MRS. I. MORRIS-BAKER On her retirement as Director of Nursing Wishing You All The Best In Your Future Endeavours TC IN Ruth W alkes (Paediatric Clinic) TC IN Willamae McPhee Lotmore (Surgical Clinic) TCIN Vernita Johnson (Surgical Clinic) TC IN Rosalie Smith (Surgical Clinic) SIN Shirley Cox Henderson (Surgical Clinic) SIN Jennifer Marshall Mackey (Surgical Clinic) 20 Here's To A Lady, A Very Special Lady MAY GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS YOU IN THE YEARS TO COME Paul & Debbie Fox & The Boys Florinda Bastian &Family

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We The Descendants Of The Late STANLEY A. WILSON And The Late DELLA JANE WILSON IRONACA MORRISBAKER An Outstanding Lady; An Exceptional Human Being WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR MANY KINDNESS, YOUR LOVE AND YOUR FRIENDSHIP

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ST. JOSEPH'S SENIOR CHOIR .. ; .. .. t ,'", Salute andCongratulates Mrs. Ironaca Morris -Baker For her many years of Dedicated Service ENJOY YOUR RETIREMENT And May the good Lord continue to be with you. 'lnmnumniiii-IIIUIU Operating Room Staff Rand Memorial Hospital We, the Trained Clinical Nurses of P.M.H. SALUTE YOU God Bless

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It is with profound pleasure that I pay special tribute to a very special person whose contributions have been significant in the field of Nursing. From

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MEDI CENTER MEDICAL CLINIC Joins in honouring lronaca Morris-Baker f or lon g dedi c ated and e x empl ary se r v i ce to the Nursing P rofession and t o the C omm o nweal t h o f The B a h a m as The Medi C e nt e r Cl inic Telephone: 325-1649 113 C ollins Avenu e P.O. Box SS-6768 Nassau The Baham a s Heartfelt Congratulations tn As a physician as a friend former Minister of H ea lth. This is truly a deserved expression to one of our Bahamian pioneers in the field of Health Care who have contributed to the development of so many who serve our people throughout our land. I want to join those whohave publicly expressed themselves and the thousands who have not in hoping that God's richest blessings would continue with your always Since rely Dr. Norman R. Gay, M.P. Fresh Creek Constituency

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Mrs. Morris Baker with her husband, the late Mr. Shadrach Andrew Morris (deceased) Thanks for the Memories Ball 1989 Gorman, Ironaca & Sharon Mrs. Baker at Installation Ceremonies with the Pilot Club of Nassau, June, 1985.

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In Conference with the International Nurses in Mexico City -Dr. Joan Grayno and Mrs. Ironaca BakerMay, 1990.

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Joins in honouring I I IRONACA MORRIS-BAKER, on her retirement from the Public Service. Your service to nursing and to the people of The Bahamas has been exemplary.

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"K66p on loving, growing and living abundantly" Our Best Wishes On Your Retirement from the Public Service With L ove From I !commander Davy F. Roiie, R.B D.F., Mrs. Joan Roiie Mrs. Wendy Craigg Mrs. Yvette Thompson, Dr. !Christopher Basden Mrs. Rochael Williams Mr. Richard Rolle Mr Lome B Smith Jr. Mr Chester Smith IIMr. Scott Smith, Mrs. Yvena Brown, Mr. Kevesi and Kwanie Ryan and Mrs. Anastasia Willis II Best Wishes for the success of your endeavour J'Vtrs. J. c.7Vtorris-maker PREMIER TRAVEL COMPUTERIZED RESERVATIONS SERVICE FOR EFRCIENT HANDUNG OF: AIRLINE HOTEL & CAR RESERVATIONS CRUISES TOURS OPEN FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE FROM 9 A.M. P.M. MON-FRI 9 A.M. TO 12 noon SATURDAYS Centrally located on Collins Avenue, next to Wilmac's Pharmacy TEL: 328-0264/328-o257/322/325-6991 FAX: (809) 325-6878 Fully Approved lATA Agency

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To : MRS. I. MORRiS -BAKliR .. for over FORTY YEARS OF UNTIRING SERVICE TO HER COUNTRY From THE STAFF OF INAGUA & MAYAGUANA CLINICS Your Contribution To This Most Honourable Profession Will Etclted In The Annals Of Nursing ''With Every Rising Sun Think OfYour Life As just Begun'' May God Bless You Always IRONACA LULA KNOWLES MRS. I. MORRIS-BAKER Thank you for the contributions you have made to nursing, the health care services and the people of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas. and may God richly bless you as you those luxurious years of retirement. From.:.-.: ... The Chairman, Council Members, Executive Director & Staff of the National Drug Council.

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MRS. I. MORRIS-BAKER Your and participation to the developiDent of the Nurses Association of The Bahamas will be .. proiDinent in the. annals of n ursing develo p .ment of T he Bahamas. Offices and Members of the Freeport Branch Nurses Association of The Bahamas On Your Retirement MRS. I. MORRIS-BAKER from THE NURSES RECOGNITION COMMITTEE r TO MRS I. BAKER Best Wishes For a beautiful and Happy Retirement May God continue to Bless You From The StafT Of The Clinics in Long Island

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For your support, kind and encouraging "W"ords. We thank you. from The Staff Of The Drug Council Fron1 The Staff of HUMAN RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT UNIT Ministry of Health and Environm.ent 25

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ON YOUR RETIREMENT To An Exceptionally Loving, Generous And Kind Human Being, CONGRATULATIONS AND GOD'S BLESSING BE WITH YOU TODAY AND ALWAYS Mr. Audley C. Kemp & Family 26

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The Executive Manageiilent Teaiil of PRINCESS MARGARET HOSPITAL Take this opportunity to acknowledge Your outstanding contribution to Nursing in the Ministry of Health We Wish You The Best In The Future The Officers and Members of the CONSORTIUM OF MISSION BAPTIST CHURCHES MRS. IRQNACA MORRIS-BAKER FOR OVER 40 YEARS OF FAITHFUL AND INVALUABLE SERVICE TO THE BAHAMIAN HEALTH COMMUNITY. ... Ye Shall Be Witnesses Unto Me Both In jerusalem, And In All Judea, And In Samaria, And The Utmost Parts Of The Earth." Acts 1:8 ''The Church In The Heart Of The Nation With The Nation In It's Heart." 27

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The Nursing Council Commonwealth of The Bahamas The Director of Nursing MRS. IRONACA BAKER completion of her nursing career and extends 28

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WE SALliTE YOU Mrs. Baker In honour of your dedicated, loyal service to THE NURSING PROFESSION AND BAHAMIAN PEOPLE From The Staff of ANN'S TOWN CLINIC FLEMING STREET STAFF Mrs. I. Morris-Baker for Outstanding Service May God contrinue to strengthen and sustain you CHRISTINE'S BEAUTY SALON SPECIALIZING IN LADIES & MEN'S HAIR PERMANENTS SCALP TREATMENT PROBLEM HAIR JERRIE CURLS WEAVE NOUVEAU CUTIING MANICURES ETC., ETC. CHRIStiNE BAKER PROPRIETOR -TEL 322-2892 OR 325-3958 P.O. BOX N 107 44 ATHOL ST. RIDGELAND PARK WEST

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from DR. VERN ELL T. ALLEN Chief Medical Officer May Your Future Endeavours Be As Fulfilling As Your Nursing Career

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Congratulations We, THE STAFF OF OnAJob MATERNITY WARD R.M.H., WELL DONE & A MUCH NEEDED RETIREMENT From: Appreciate Your Contribution To Nursing All The Best In The Future THE STAFF OF Coopers Town, Green Turtle Cay & Fox Town Clinics Mrs. Clarice Ferguson & Staff We know that all things work together for them that love the Lord. Romans: 8:28 The Coconut Grove Clinic Staff Extends & qjegb MRS. IRONACA MORRIS-BAKER On retiring after more than forty years of dedicated service to the Nursing profession 31

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:' Congratulations & God Blessings ON YOUR RETIREMENT May You Enjoy Yourself From: MRS. MALINDA GUNABE San Salvador Wishing You Good Health & God's Blessing ON YOUR RETIREMENT Many thanks for your contribu tion to nursing. From: Karen Demeritte Woodside & Nursing Staff SURGICAL WARD RAND MEMORIAL HOSPITAL Congratulations & Best Wishes ON YOUR RETIREMENT MRS.I. MORRIS-BAKER From: MANGROVE CAY AND KEMPS BAY, ANDROS CLINICS On this most auspicious occas sion. You have enriched the lives of many. May God continue to Bless You. 32 Etta Dean, Valerie & Vanessa

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For Your Support, Kind and Encouraging Words: WE THANK YOU THE STAFF OF BLUE HILL ROAD CLINIC from THE HOSPITAL MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE PATIENTS &STAFF SANDILANDS REHABILITATIO N CENTRE 33

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The Provost, Faculty of the Division of Nursing and Health Sciences, Faculty of Ministry of Health & Environment and All Support Staff of:GROSVENOR CLOSE CAMPUS COLLEGE OF THE BAHAMAS (previously, The Bahamas School of Nursing) MRS. IRONACA MORRIS-BAKER For her many years of valuable contribution to the profession of Nursing and especially Nurse Education. MAY GOD RICHLY BLESS YOU! 34

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& [iJed; fk MRS. IRONACA MORRIS-BAKER God be in your head And in your understanding. God be in your eyes, And in your looking; God be in your mouth, And in your speaking; God be in your heart, And in your thinking; God be at your end, And at your departing. From The OFFICE STAFF Department of Public Health Community Nursing Neither History Nor The Passage Of Time Can Erase The Invaluable Contribution You Have Made In The Field Of Nursing Education And Service In The Bahamas. MAY GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS YOU. IIIUUIIffiiUUIDIUmDII NURSING SUPERVISORS GRAND BAHAMA HEALTH SERVICES 35

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THE MEMBERS OF THE NURSING ADVISORY COMMITTEE Proudly Salute and Honour For your invaluable contribution to the profession of nursing during your tenure of unselfish service 1954-1994 May God bless you and grant you Health and Happiness as you enter this new phase of your life Mrs. Beverly Ford Mrs. Jennie Isaacs Mrs. Celeste Lockhart Mrs. Theda Godet Ms. Mary Johnson Ms. Sylvia Davis 36

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May your retirement years be filled and rich with God's blessings With Love from THE BAKERS Bernard and Brenelk, Sylvan and Linda Baker Dwight, Joy and D.J. Jeffrey, Michael, Christine & T erec ita All the best for the future. God Bless you and your family. from SHERVIN and .ALTHEA STUART & CHILDREN Enjoy Your Retirement We do not all arrive at that point from: Mr. & Mrs. Ivan Forbes & Family

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Delight thy self also in the Lord, And He shall give thee the desire s of thine. heart PSALMS 37 : 4 WE LOVE YOU God Bless You from THE STAFF OF GAMBIER & FOX HILL CLINICS Best Wishes On Your Retirement And For Your Outstanding Contribution in the field of Nursing from THE STAFF OF NICHOLLS TOWN CLINIC MANY THANKS For Your Untiring Service To The Nursing Profession MAY GOD BLESS AND KEEP YOU IN HIS CARE. from MRS. ANNA HALL & STAFF of MEDICAL WARD RAND MEMORIAL HOSPITAL The Staff Of HATCHET BAY, GREGORY TOWN, PAIMETIO POINT & GOVERNOR'S HARBOUR CLINICS MRS. I. MORRIS-BAKER For Her Contribution To The Nursing Profession WE THANK GOD WITH YOU & FOR YOU

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The Staff of ELIZABETH ESTATES CLINIC sends MRS. I. BAKER on this special milestone in her life WE LOVE YOU Congratulations from the STAFF OF GEORGE TOWN, STEVENTON, & FORBES HILL, EXUMA 39 Congratulations & Best Wishes to MRS. I. BAKER On Her Retirement GOD BLESS YOU from The Staff Of POST NATAL SERVICES

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The Superv'"tSor and Staff of The Accident & Emergency Out Patients Department RM.H. EXPRESS BEST WISHES For You As You Retire The days have been long, the weeks tedious, the months work filled, and the years reward ing. At the end of the day you can look back and say, "I did it my way and to the best of my ability." MAY GOD BLESS YOU & May You Continue To Enjoy The Fruits ofYour Labour May Your Ship of Ambition Continue to Steer You To Success From The Staff of FLAMINGO GARDENS CLINIC 40 TO: MRS. IRONACA MORRIS-BAKER Congratulations & Best Wishes on your retirement for over 40 years of dedicated, unselfish and outstanding service to the Nursing Profession on a National and International Level MAY GOD KEEP, GUIDE AND BLESS YOU ALWAYS Love TilE GODET FAMILY Next To God we are indebted to woman, ftrst for life itself, and then for making it worth living. MARY McLEOD BETHUNE from 1HE STAFF OF BIMINI CLINIC

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MRS. I. MORRIS-BAKER for your exemplary service to the Nursing profession of The Bahamas from THE SURVEILLANCE TEAM Blessing and Peace Be Yours To MRS. I. MORRIS-BAKER Enjoy Your Retirement from THE STAFF OF MARSH HARBOUR SANDY POINT & MOORES ISLAND CLINICS 41 Best Wishes On Your Retirement & May The Force Be With You From MRS. SYBIL ROKER & STAFF OF DIAH UNIT Rand Memorial Hospital

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''There is a woman at the beginning of all great things." Larmastirie From P.TS. 16 Janice Brooks, Nathalie Bonimy, Willamae Stuart Sandra Neville, Sandra Johnson, Hilda Douglas Zorene Curry, Stephanie Dean & Marilyn Knowles Today, as you reflect on your nursing career, may you feel the fulfillment, pleasure and gratification that is deserving of your service to humanity. "The only way to have a friend is to be one" Emerson from MRS. GLORIA STRACHAN Rock Sound, Eleuthera _42 Best Wishes and Special Thanks for Your Dedicated Senrice To the Nursing Profession. from THE STAFF OF PAEDIATRIC WARD Rand Memorial Hospital

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from SUNISLES WATCH & CLOCK CENTRE TEL.: 325-4856-322-1389 MONTROSE AVE., NASSAU, BAHAMAS ROBINSON ROAD, NASSAU, BAHAMAS Agents and Suppliers of Watches and Clocks by: SEIKO/CITIZEN QUARTZ/CASIO QUARTZ u f'Ot\ .10 1n,. :nu.,..,,r. ., .,. ... fO lt(OQI G WE SERVICE AND REPAIR ALL Q UART Z W AT C HES & C LOCKS WE CARRY BATTERIES FOR ALL W A T CHES & CLOCKS WE STOCK BRACELETS AND STRAPS FOR ALL WATCHES WE ALSO HAVE SPECIAL WATCHES FOR CHI LDREN AND TEENS Best Wishes You have reached another milestone in your life. ALL THE BEST for the future. From the Staff of ROCK SOUND, TARPUM BAY & WHYMS BIGHT CLINICS Congratulations to MRS. IRONACA MORRIS-BAKER for outstanding and dedicated work from PASTORS, OFFICERS &MEMBERS of CARMICHAEL BIBLE CHURCH Carmichael Bible Church Carmichael Road P.O. Box N-1224 A Caring Church With A Global Mission

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You're someone who's done all the things you could possibly do in your career. You've done so much for your family, too, and probably never turned down anyone who needed your help. So just think of what you can do now, on your own! With all the freedom you '11 ever want and all the experience you '11 ever need -just think of the future you've got to look forward to. Here' s wishing you the very best because the very best is about to begin! Congratulations & Best Wishes To A Great Lady May God Bless and Keep you always Love, David, Rosamae, Candace, Dave & Jonathan We Salute You MRS. I. BAKER You have given over forty years of meritorious service to the Nursing Profession. From THE STAFF OF FRESH CREEK ANDROS Congratulations For This Distinctive Achievement You Have Served Your Country Well Yw-m Alice, Astacia & Alyssa TIIE STAFF OF TIIE HEALTII INFORMATION COORDINATING SERVICES offers you Warmest Regards & Best Wishes On Your Retirement With Heartful Thanks & Appreciation for your years with us in Health

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TO FOUNDING MEMBER IRONACA MORRIS-BAKER ON YOUR RETIREMENT PILOTLY MEMBERS OF THE PILOT CLUB OF NASSAU CABLE ADDRESS NASDA NASSAU DAIRY PRODUCTS LIMITED LICENSED AS TO MANUFACTURERS SALES AND TRADE MARK RIGHTS OAKES FIELD P.O. BOX N-4834 NASSAU, BAHAMAS PHONE: 3-62623-6661 IF IT'S BORDEN. IT'S GOTTO BE GOOD!



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In Honour of MRS. IRONACA MORRIS-BAKER Under the distinguished patronage of Senator, The Honourable Dr. Ivy Dumont Minister of Health & Environment on Saturday, 18th)une, 1994 at 7:00P.M. in the Grand Saloon Raddison Grand Hotel Paradise Island

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A Tribute To An Outstanding Nur .. Mrs. Ironaca Morris-Baker, Sr. B.S.N., M.Ed., R.N., R.M., Director of Nursing, October 12th, 1983-May 25th, 1994 "I am not afraid of tomorrow for I have seen yesterday and I have today." "Service to mankind is the greatest worK of life" Many nurses have participated in whatever achievements have been accomplished during my years of service. All was done for the honour and glory of God.

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Tribute to Mrs. Ironaca Morris-Baker From Senato r The Honourable Dr. Ivy L. Dumont Minister of Health an d E n v ir onment It is my privil e g e to b e assoc i a ted wit h t his t estimon i a l banquet in recognition of one whose d e v o t e d service to h e r chosen p r o f e ssi o n h a s spanned forty (40) years. To have been a nurse f o r forty years is quite an accom p lish s m ent; and to reach the top o f one's pro fession is an exemplary achievement. Our honoure e has managed t o d o b oth and thus has earned the accolades that are being bestowed on her. Mrs. Ironaca Morris -Baker began her professional life as a teacher. She then decided to qualify in the field of nursing. However, because of her love for teaching, she combined both honourable professions and became a nurse tutor. She served for twenty (20) years until she was promoted to the post of Director of Nursing in 1983. Throughout her years of service, Mrs. M o rri s -Baker was b le ssed wit h a supportiv e family. She has enjoyed the freed o m to travel and to work the lon g and t iring hours that h e r pro f e ssion d e manded. M r s Baker's pro f ession has enabled her to touch the lives of many individuals and families in a very positive manner as she sought to educate, advise and comfort. Indeed, she seemed never to become weary in so doing. Many Bahamian men and women have cause to thank her for guiding them into the nursing profession. I wish to thank Mrs. Morris-Baker for her devotion to her profession and to the Ministry of Health and Environment over the years. On behalf of the Government of The Bahamas and the Ministry of Health and Environment, Mrs. Morris-Baker I wish you to know that we appreciate you and all you have accomplished in service to your country. May God bless you as you enter a new stage on your journey through life and may He keep you and yours under the shadow of His wings. ---::: -. -/ y/ IVY L. DUMONT Minister of Health and Environment

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A TRIBUTE FROM JOSHUA SEAR S PERMANENT SECRETAR Y MINISTRY OF HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT I am pleased to pay tribute to a public officer whose knowledge, performance, ability and leadership in the field of nursing have fostered a great respect for nurses and the profession of nursing. Characteristics such as technical competence, accountability, emotional stability and interpersonal expertise are necessary for one to prevail in one's chosen profession. Mrs. Morris-Baker not only exhibited those qualities, but also demanded that they be exhibited by all nurses of the Ministry of Health and Environment and in The Bahamas. I have been privileged to work with this outstanding public officer. Her contribution to nursing in particular, and the Ministry of Health and Environment will be long remembered. I wish to thank her for her perso nal support and commitment during my tenure as Permanent Secre tary. M ay s h e continue to give of the generos ity of her heart. I pray that Mrs. B ake r will enjoy a l o n g and happy r e t ire m ent a n d may God continue to bless her. Sears erermanent Secretary

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TRIBUTE FROM BEVERLY E. FORD DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF NURSING MINISTRY OF HEALTH &ENVIRONMENT For the past forty ( 40) years I have been privilege d to enjoy a relationship with Mrs. Ironaca MorrisBaker both as a friend and a colleague, and I am therefore most appreciative of the opportunity to pay tribute t o her on this occassion. Our honouree is a very kind, sympathetic, warm hearted lady, who loves and respects her fellowmen and cherishes a deep abiding faith in her Lord. Although a stern disciplinarian, she possesses a lively sense of humour, and enjo ys a reason for celebration. Always a good student, our honouree was not merely contented to be a nurse, she had to teach the art of nursing. As Principal Nursing Officer of The Bahamas School of Nursing, she used the opportunity to teach the youth of our nation, who came under her guidance, not only how to be a good nurse, but also the importance of being responsible, knowledgeable, respectable and contributing members of society. I am sure that retirement for our honouree will mean finding the time to do all the many things that, before now she did not have the time to do.Iam equally sure that,should the need arise for u s to call on her nursing expertise she would be willing to share with us. Mrs. Morris-Baker, on behalf of all the nurses of the Ministry of Health and Environment, I wish you to know that we love you, we thank God for you, and we pray that you and your family will continue to be guided and strengthened by the good Lord w hose love you have demonstrated each day. 3 .. \ _. \ ....___ -' -. : -, ..... ..,..__ .:. BEVERLY E. FORD Deputy Director of Nursing

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MESSAGE FROM THE CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER I take this opportunity to pay tribute and publicly acknowledge the support received from a professional colleague over a number of years. Mrs. Ironaca Morris-Baker has been known to me professionally since 1978 and personally for almost five decades. As a professional colleague, I came to respect her commitment and dedication to nursing education. I observed her during the many hours we spent in the early 1980's in committees addressing the development of the college program for nursing education, and saw at first-hand the depth and range of her understanding of the education process. I extend my warmest regards and best wishes for the future. I I ( I L ..,\...., ................. I I I i L L .. \,.; VERNELL T. ALLEN 4

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BIOGRAPHICAL PROFILE Mrs. Ironaca Morris-Baker received her early education at Southern Primary and Southern Senior Schools. She won a scholarship to attend High School at St. Francis Xaviers Academy from 1945-1949 and graduated with the Senior Cambridge Certificate. She continued her education at The Bahamas Teachers College where she trained as a teacher and taught at the Eastern Senior School under the great educator, the late Donald W. Davis. In June 1954,Mrs.Bakerwas selected to train as anurseunderthe Colonial Scholarship Scheme at the Orpington and Sevenoaks Hospital in Kent. She was the Silver Medallist for the class and qualified as a State RegisteredNurse.Hermidwifery studies took place atDulwichMaternity Hospital and Colches ter Maternity Hospital,Essex. She was awarded the prize for midwifery and became a State Certified Midwife in June, 1959. Mrs. Baker's goal was to work in The Bahamas and gain the required experience to pursue studies in nursing education. She commenced work at the Princess Margaret Hospital in August 1959 as a Staff Nurse and was promoted to Nursing Sister in February, 1960. From 1964to 1966,Mrs.Baker studied at the Royal College ofNursing,Londonandobtained London University Sister Tutor' s Diploma. On return to The Bahamas, she was allocated to The Bahamas School of Nursing where she actively participated in the training programme for Registered Nurses and Enrolled Nurses. Soon after, the Princess Margaret Hospital School of Nltrsing received full reciprocity with the General Nursing Council of England and Wales. In December, 1968 Mrs. Baker was appointed Principal Nursing Officer to the newly upgraded Department of Nursing Education which was eventually responsible for the five nursing programmes. The programmes were: 1. Registered Nurse 2 Registered Midwives 3. Enrolled Clinical Nurses 4. Psychiatric Nursing Programmes (for Registered Nurses and Trained Clinical Nurses) 5. Maternal and Child Health (for Trained Clinical Nurses. ) Mrs. Baker also participated in regional activities. The survey of the Schools of Nursing in the Carib bean took place in 1971. Mrs. Baker accompanied Dame Nita Barrow to survey the Schools of Nursing in Jamaica. The Bahamas School of Nursing was one of five accredited Schools of Nursing in the Caribbean. In 1976 she sought and obtained entrance to the University of Miami to pursue a degree in nursing During the two years of her release she was awarded Summa Cum Laude, the Bachelor's Degree in Nursing and Master's Degree in Education and was accepted into Sigma theta Tau,National Honour Society, United States of America. Mrs.Bakerrecognized that in the professionalization ofnursing,nursing education should be placed in the highest educational institution in the community Hence, she actively participated in the meetings with the College of The Bahamas for the transfer of nursing education to the College of The Bahamas. Mrs. Baker was appointed Director of Nursing in 1983 and Chairman of the Nursing Council 1984 1992. 5

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Over the years, Mrs. Baker worked closely with The Bahamas Graduate Nurses' Association, and was pivotal in the merger to form a United Nurses Association of The Bahamas and the development of the new constitution and the new image. Mrs. Baker also participated in many civic and community affairs. She is a charter member of the Pilot Club of Nassau, which began in 197 4, and has served on various committees and held many offices including that of President 1985 1986, Mrs. Baker was also instrumental in the clubs' project assist ing the National Drug Council and the Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre and presently serves as Director and member of the Youth Division of the Pilot Club. Mrs. Baker was joined in holy matrimony in 1960 to the late Shadrach Andrew Morris, who died in 1982. They have three (3) childrenSharon, Monique and Andrew. Mrs. Baker met and married Mr. Gorman Baker in August 1988. An ardent Roman Catholic, Mrs. Baker and family worship at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, Boyd Road. She has served as CCD teacher and works in the programme for the elderly. She assists in Church projects and is a member of St. Joseph's Choir. Mrs. Baker has travelled widely and pursues her hobbies of reading, sewing, gardening and entertaining. 6

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'1 am not afraid of tomorrow, for I have seen yesterday and I love today." By: William Allen-wright

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*** PROGRAMME *** MASTER OF CEREMONIES .................................. Miss Mary Johnson Actg. Director of Nursing NATIONAL ANTHEM INVOCATION ...................................... Father Michael Kelly, SS. CC. WELCOME REMARKS . . . . Mrs. Theda Gopdet DINNER Principal Nursing Officer Princess Margaret Hospital TRIBUTE .......................................... Sen. the Hon. Dr. Ivy Dumont Minister of Health & Environment KEYNOTE ADDRESS ......................................... Dr. Eugene Newry Neuro-Surgeon -PMH ROAST ....................................................... Mr. James Catlyn PRESENTATIONS V --r Pu .. crrs.KJr Q-o f.J () t.J (<._ e:;A.c.-f-1 IJ (/lt g b..I tr ft-c {n::t' Ov ,'1.-"FA:r-tlt-J VOTE OF THANKS . . . . Mrs. Jennie Isaacs, Provost College of The Bahamas ( GCC) BENEDICTION . . . . Father Michael Kelly, SS. CC. DANCING UNTIL

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** BANQUET DINNER MENU ** Conch Chowder ** Tossed Salad ** Stuffed Cornish Hen ** Baked Stuffed Potato ** Buttered Broccoli ** Glazed Carrots ** Mango Cheese Cake ** Coffee/Tea 9

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BANQUET COMMITTEE Beverly E. Ford, Deputy Director of Nursing Chairperson Theda Godet, Principal Nursing Officer (PMH) Celeste Lockhart, Principal Nursing Officer (CNS) Mary Johnson, Principal Nursing Officer (SRC) Sylvia Davis, Principal Nursing Officer (RMH) Jennie M. Isaacs, Provost, College of The Bahamas (GCC) Rosemarie Thompson Maggie Moss Irene Coakley Bernadette Godet Gloria Gardiner Patricia Bethel Marieletta Butler Stephanie Poitier Deborah Fox Dorothy Miller Doralee MurphyTaylor Eunice Deane Dorphany Simmons Rosemae Bain Roslyn Johnson Movena Bowe-Clarke Linda Wilson Zona Moncur Vanessa Small Judymae Brice-Recording Secretary Dulcie Pratt Willamae Lotmore 10

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The Parish Fatnily of St. Joseph's Catholic Church Boyd Road, Nassau to MRS. IRONACA MORRIS-BAKER Director of Nursing at the time of her retirement We ask God the Father, Son & Holy Spirit to continue blessing you in many ways. St. Joseph's Church P .0. Box N -4388 Tel: 323-5993 Sunday Masses are at 6:30a.m.; 9:00a.m. & 11:00 a.m. 11

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on your retirement from The-Public Service after 43 years and 4 months We are proud of you Love From: MAMA, ILONKA, REORIEN, VENUS, YVONNE 12

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The Nurses' Association of the Colllfllon-wealth of The Bahan1as MRS. IRONACA BAKER For the contributions she has made to the Profession of Nursing 13

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Emily Osadebay Julieth Minnis Patsy Morris Beluah Smith Annette Okpuno Constance Comery RA Thompson George Forbes from Charlotte Thompson Yvonne Clarke Audrey Major Rolle Eunice Dean Ivy Wilson Dorphney Simmons Lillymae Major Maggie Turner SOLOMON BROTHERS Priscilla Williams David Duncanson Linda Wilson Movena BoweClarke James Catlyn Thomas Holbert 14

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and {jlj&fb rJrv J/(}(ff FROM COMMUNI1Y NURSING SERVICE TEAM Grand Bahama

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& may God's richest blessings continue to be yours on your retirement from The Public Service You have served the people of The Bahamas with singular altruistic and zealous devotions of which I am proud, if sometime jealous, you have given all to the cause, but of necessity some areas of your life have been neglected; you have kept the commandment-REV. DR. ORTHLAND H. BODIE, SR.

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The Nursing Staff of Princess Margaret Hospital MRS. IRONACA MORRIS-BAKER on reaching her golden years and retirement after a successful career in nursing. Our Very Best Wishes For Your Future PEACE IN LIFE !!! 17

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As You Begin This New-Phase Of Your Life. From The Nursing Staff SANDILANDS REHABILATATION CENTRE 19

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Your life from public haunts, find tongues in trees books in the running brooks, sermons in stones and good in everything Shakespeare from the Staff of School Health Services to MRS. I. MORRIS-BAKER On her retirement as Director of Nursing Wishing You All The Best In Your Future Endeavours TC IN Ruth W alkes (Paediatric Clinic) TC IN Willamae McPhee Lotmore (Surgical Clinic) TCIN Vernita Johnson (Surgical Clinic) TC IN Rosalie Smith (Surgical Clinic) SIN Shirley Cox Henderson (Surgical Clinic) SIN Jennifer Marshall Mackey (Surgical Clinic) 20 Here's To A Lady, A Very Special Lady MAY GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS YOU IN THE YEARS TO COME Paul & Debbie Fox & The Boys Florinda Bastian &Family

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We The Descendants Of The Late STANLEY A. WILSON And The Late DELLA JANE WILSON IRONACA MORRISBAKER An Outstanding Lady; An Exceptional Human Being WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR MANY KINDNESS, YOUR LOVE AND YOUR FRIENDSHIP

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ST. JOSEPH'S SENIOR CHOIR .. ; .. .. t ,'", Salute andCongratulates Mrs. Ironaca Morris -Baker For her many years of Dedicated Service ENJOY YOUR RETIREMENT And May the good Lord continue to be with you. 'lnmnumniiii-IIIUIU Operating Room Staff Rand Memorial Hospital We, the Trained Clinical Nurses of P.M.H. SALUTE YOU God Bless

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It is with profound pleasure that I pay special tribute to a very special person whose contributions have been significant in the field of Nursing. From

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MEDI CENTER MEDICAL CLINIC Joins in honouring lronaca Morris-Baker f or lon g dedi c ated and e x empl ary se r v i ce to the Nursing P rofession and t o the C omm o nweal t h o f The B a h a m as The Medi C e nt e r Cl inic Telephone: 325-1649 113 C ollins Avenu e P.O. Box SS-6768 Nassau The Baham a s Heartfelt Congratulations tn As a physician as a friend former Minister of H ea lth. This is truly a deserved expression to one of our Bahamian pioneers in the field of Health Care who have contributed to the development of so many who serve our people throughout our land. I want to join those whohave publicly expressed themselves and the thousands who have not in hoping that God's richest blessings would continue with your always Since rely Dr. Norman R. Gay, M.P. Fresh Creek Constituency

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Mrs. Morris Baker with her husband, the late Mr. Shadrach Andrew Morris (deceased) Thanks for the Memories Ball 1989 Gorman, Ironaca & Sharon Mrs. Baker at Installation Ceremonies with the Pilot Club of Nassau, June, 1985.

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In Conference with the International Nurses in Mexico City -Dr. Joan Grayno and Mrs. Ironaca BakerMay, 1990.

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Joins in honouring I I IRONACA MORRIS-BAKER, on her retirement from the Public Service. Your service to nursing and to the people of The Bahamas has been exemplary.

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"K66p on loving, growing and living abundantly" Our Best Wishes On Your Retirement from the Public Service With L ove From I !commander Davy F. Roiie, R.B D.F., Mrs. Joan Roiie Mrs. Wendy Craigg Mrs. Yvette Thompson, Dr. !Christopher Basden Mrs. Rochael Williams Mr. Richard Rolle Mr Lome B Smith Jr. Mr Chester Smith IIMr. Scott Smith, Mrs. Yvena Brown, Mr. Kevesi and Kwanie Ryan and Mrs. Anastasia Willis II Best Wishes for the success of your endeavour J'Vtrs. J. c.7Vtorris-maker PREMIER TRAVEL COMPUTERIZED RESERVATIONS SERVICE FOR EFRCIENT HANDUNG OF: AIRLINE HOTEL & CAR RESERVATIONS CRUISES TOURS OPEN FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE FROM 9 A.M. P.M. MON-FRI 9 A.M. TO 12 noon SATURDAYS Centrally located on Collins Avenue, next to Wilmac's Pharmacy TEL: 328-0264/328-o257/322/325-6991 FAX: (809) 325-6878 Fully Approved lATA Agency

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To : MRS. I. MORRiS -BAKliR .. for over FORTY YEARS OF UNTIRING SERVICE TO HER COUNTRY From THE STAFF OF INAGUA & MAYAGUANA CLINICS Your Contribution To This Most Honourable Profession Will Etclted In The Annals Of Nursing ''With Every Rising Sun Think OfYour Life As just Begun'' May God Bless You Always IRONACA LULA KNOWLES MRS. I. MORRIS-BAKER Thank you for the contributions you have made to nursing, the health care services and the people of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas. and may God richly bless you as you those luxurious years of retirement. From.:.-.: ... The Chairman, Council Members, Executive Director & Staff of the National Drug Council.

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MRS. I. MORRIS-BAKER Your and participation to the developiDent of the Nurses Association of The Bahamas will be .. proiDinent in the. annals of n ursing develo p .ment of T he Bahamas. Offices and Members of the Freeport Branch Nurses Association of The Bahamas On Your Retirement MRS. I. MORRIS-BAKER from THE NURSES RECOGNITION COMMITTEE r TO MRS I. BAKER Best Wishes For a beautiful and Happy Retirement May God continue to Bless You From The StafT Of The Clinics in Long Island

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For your support, kind and encouraging "W"ords. We thank you. from The Staff Of The Drug Council Fron1 The Staff of HUMAN RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT UNIT Ministry of Health and Environm.ent 25

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ON YOUR RETIREMENT To An Exceptionally Loving, Generous And Kind Human Being, CONGRATULATIONS AND GOD'S BLESSING BE WITH YOU TODAY AND ALWAYS Mr. Audley C. Kemp & Family 26

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The Executive Manageiilent Teaiil of PRINCESS MARGARET HOSPITAL Take this opportunity to acknowledge Your outstanding contribution to Nursing in the Ministry of Health We Wish You The Best In The Future The Officers and Members of the CONSORTIUM OF MISSION BAPTIST CHURCHES MRS. IRQNACA MORRIS-BAKER FOR OVER 40 YEARS OF FAITHFUL AND INVALUABLE SERVICE TO THE BAHAMIAN HEALTH COMMUNITY. ... Ye Shall Be Witnesses Unto Me Both In jerusalem, And In All Judea, And In Samaria, And The Utmost Parts Of The Earth." Acts 1:8 ''The Church In The Heart Of The Nation With The Nation In It's Heart." 27

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The Nursing Council Commonwealth of The Bahamas The Director of Nursing MRS. IRONACA BAKER completion of her nursing career and extends 28

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WE SALliTE YOU Mrs. Baker In honour of your dedicated, loyal service to THE NURSING PROFESSION AND BAHAMIAN PEOPLE From The Staff of ANN'S TOWN CLINIC FLEMING STREET STAFF Mrs. I. Morris-Baker for Outstanding Service May God contrinue to strengthen and sustain you CHRISTINE'S BEAUTY SALON SPECIALIZING IN LADIES & MEN'S HAIR PERMANENTS SCALP TREATMENT PROBLEM HAIR JERRIE CURLS WEAVE NOUVEAU CUTIING MANICURES ETC., ETC. CHRIStiNE BAKER PROPRIETOR -TEL 322-2892 OR 325-3958 P.O. BOX N 107 44 ATHOL ST. RIDGELAND PARK WEST

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from DR. VERN ELL T. ALLEN Chief Medical Officer May Your Future Endeavours Be As Fulfilling As Your Nursing Career

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Congratulations We, THE STAFF OF OnAJob MATERNITY WARD R.M.H., WELL DONE & A MUCH NEEDED RETIREMENT From: Appreciate Your Contribution To Nursing All The Best In The Future THE STAFF OF Coopers Town, Green Turtle Cay & Fox Town Clinics Mrs. Clarice Ferguson & Staff We know that all things work together for them that love the Lord. Romans: 8:28 The Coconut Grove Clinic Staff Extends & qjegb MRS. IRONACA MORRIS-BAKER On retiring after more than forty years of dedicated service to the Nursing profession 31

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:' Congratulations & God Blessings ON YOUR RETIREMENT May You Enjoy Yourself From: MRS. MALINDA GUNABE San Salvador Wishing You Good Health & God's Blessing ON YOUR RETIREMENT Many thanks for your contribu tion to nursing. From: Karen Demeritte Woodside & Nursing Staff SURGICAL WARD RAND MEMORIAL HOSPITAL Congratulations & Best Wishes ON YOUR RETIREMENT MRS.I. MORRIS-BAKER From: MANGROVE CAY AND KEMPS BAY, ANDROS CLINICS On this most auspicious occas sion. You have enriched the lives of many. May God continue to Bless You. 32 Etta Dean, Valerie & Vanessa

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For Your Support, Kind and Encouraging Words: WE THANK YOU THE STAFF OF BLUE HILL ROAD CLINIC from THE HOSPITAL MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE PATIENTS &STAFF SANDILANDS REHABILITATIO N CENTRE 33

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The Provost, Faculty of the Division of Nursing and Health Sciences, Faculty of Ministry of Health & Environment and All Support Staff of:GROSVENOR CLOSE CAMPUS COLLEGE OF THE BAHAMAS (previously, The Bahamas School of Nursing) MRS. IRONACA MORRIS-BAKER For her many years of valuable contribution to the profession of Nursing and especially Nurse Education. MAY GOD RICHLY BLESS YOU! 34

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& [iJed; fk MRS. IRONACA MORRIS-BAKER God be in your head And in your understanding. God be in your eyes, And in your looking; God be in your mouth, And in your speaking; God be in your heart, And in your thinking; God be at your end, And at your departing. From The OFFICE STAFF Department of Public Health Community Nursing Neither History Nor The Passage Of Time Can Erase The Invaluable Contribution You Have Made In The Field Of Nursing Education And Service In The Bahamas. MAY GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS YOU. IIIUUIIffiiUUIDIUmDII NURSING SUPERVISORS GRAND BAHAMA HEALTH SERVICES 35

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THE MEMBERS OF THE NURSING ADVISORY COMMITTEE Proudly Salute and Honour For your invaluable contribution to the profession of nursing during your tenure of unselfish service 1954-1994 May God bless you and grant you Health and Happiness as you enter this new phase of your life Mrs. Beverly Ford Mrs. Jennie Isaacs Mrs. Celeste Lockhart Mrs. Theda Godet Ms. Mary Johnson Ms. Sylvia Davis 36

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May your retirement years be filled and rich with God's blessings With Love from THE BAKERS Bernard and Brenelk, Sylvan and Linda Baker Dwight, Joy and D.J. Jeffrey, Michael, Christine & T erec ita All the best for the future. God Bless you and your family. from SHERVIN and .ALTHEA STUART & CHILDREN Enjoy Your Retirement We do not all arrive at that point from: Mr. & Mrs. Ivan Forbes & Family

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Delight thy self also in the Lord, And He shall give thee the desire s of thine. heart PSALMS 37 : 4 WE LOVE YOU God Bless You from THE STAFF OF GAMBIER & FOX HILL CLINICS Best Wishes On Your Retirement And For Your Outstanding Contribution in the field of Nursing from THE STAFF OF NICHOLLS TOWN CLINIC MANY THANKS For Your Untiring Service To The Nursing Profession MAY GOD BLESS AND KEEP YOU IN HIS CARE. from MRS. ANNA HALL & STAFF of MEDICAL WARD RAND MEMORIAL HOSPITAL The Staff Of HATCHET BAY, GREGORY TOWN, PAIMETIO POINT & GOVERNOR'S HARBOUR CLINICS MRS. I. MORRIS-BAKER For Her Contribution To The Nursing Profession WE THANK GOD WITH YOU & FOR YOU

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The Staff of ELIZABETH ESTATES CLINIC sends MRS. I. BAKER on this special milestone in her life WE LOVE YOU Congratulations from the STAFF OF GEORGE TOWN, STEVENTON, & FORBES HILL, EXUMA 39 Congratulations & Best Wishes to MRS. I. BAKER On Her Retirement GOD BLESS YOU from The Staff Of POST NATAL SERVICES

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The Superv'"tSor and Staff of The Accident & Emergency Out Patients Department RM.H. EXPRESS BEST WISHES For You As You Retire The days have been long, the weeks tedious, the months work filled, and the years reward ing. At the end of the day you can look back and say, "I did it my way and to the best of my ability." MAY GOD BLESS YOU & May You Continue To Enjoy The Fruits ofYour Labour May Your Ship of Ambition Continue to Steer You To Success From The Staff of FLAMINGO GARDENS CLINIC 40 TO: MRS. IRONACA MORRIS-BAKER Congratulations & Best Wishes on your retirement for over 40 years of dedicated, unselfish and outstanding service to the Nursing Profession on a National and International Level MAY GOD KEEP, GUIDE AND BLESS YOU ALWAYS Love TilE GODET FAMILY Next To God we are indebted to woman, ftrst for life itself, and then for making it worth living. MARY McLEOD BETHUNE from 1HE STAFF OF BIMINI CLINIC

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MRS. I. MORRIS-BAKER for your exemplary service to the Nursing profession of The Bahamas from THE SURVEILLANCE TEAM Blessing and Peace Be Yours To MRS. I. MORRIS-BAKER Enjoy Your Retirement from THE STAFF OF MARSH HARBOUR SANDY POINT & MOORES ISLAND CLINICS 41 Best Wishes On Your Retirement & May The Force Be With You From MRS. SYBIL ROKER & STAFF OF DIAH UNIT Rand Memorial Hospital

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''There is a woman at the beginning of all great things." Larmastirie From P.TS. 16 Janice Brooks, Nathalie Bonimy, Willamae Stuart Sandra Neville, Sandra Johnson, Hilda Douglas Zorene Curry, Stephanie Dean & Marilyn Knowles Today, as you reflect on your nursing career, may you feel the fulfillment, pleasure and gratification that is deserving of your service to humanity. "The only way to have a friend is to be one" Emerson from MRS. GLORIA STRACHAN Rock Sound, Eleuthera _42 Best Wishes and Special Thanks for Your Dedicated Senrice To the Nursing Profession. from THE STAFF OF PAEDIATRIC WARD Rand Memorial Hospital

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from SUNISLES WATCH & CLOCK CENTRE TEL.: 325-4856-322-1389 MONTROSE AVE., NASSAU, BAHAMAS ROBINSON ROAD, NASSAU, BAHAMAS Agents and Suppliers of Watches and Clocks by: SEIKO/CITIZEN QUARTZ/CASIO QUARTZ u f'Ot\ .10 1n,. :nu.,..,,r. ., .,. ... fO lt(OQI G WE SERVICE AND REPAIR ALL Q UART Z W AT C HES & C LOCKS WE CARRY BATTERIES FOR ALL W A T CHES & CLOCKS WE STOCK BRACELETS AND STRAPS FOR ALL WATCHES WE ALSO HAVE SPECIAL WATCHES FOR CHI LDREN AND TEENS Best Wishes You have reached another milestone in your life. ALL THE BEST for the future. From the Staff of ROCK SOUND, TARPUM BAY & WHYMS BIGHT CLINICS Congratulations to MRS. IRONACA MORRIS-BAKER for outstanding and dedicated work from PASTORS, OFFICERS &MEMBERS of CARMICHAEL BIBLE CHURCH Carmichael Bible Church Carmichael Road P.O. Box N-1224 A Caring Church With A Global Mission

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You're someone who's done all the things you could possibly do in your career. You've done so much for your family, too, and probably never turned down anyone who needed your help. So just think of what you can do now, on your own! With all the freedom you '11 ever want and all the experience you '11 ever need -just think of the future you've got to look forward to. Here' s wishing you the very best because the very best is about to begin! Congratulations & Best Wishes To A Great Lady May God Bless and Keep you always Love, David, Rosamae, Candace, Dave & Jonathan We Salute You MRS. I. BAKER You have given over forty years of meritorious service to the Nursing Profession. From THE STAFF OF FRESH CREEK ANDROS Congratulations For This Distinctive Achievement You Have Served Your Country Well Yw-m Alice, Astacia & Alyssa TIIE STAFF OF TIIE HEALTII INFORMATION COORDINATING SERVICES offers you Warmest Regards & Best Wishes On Your Retirement With Heartful Thanks & Appreciation for your years with us in Health

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