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Woman Who Succeeded In Getting Territory’s 1st Bike Path To Be Honored By AARP

CHRISTIANSTED — Alma Winkfield of St. Croix has been selected by AARP for its most prestigious award because she paved the way for the first bike path in the territory.

The 2019 AARP Virgin Islands Andrus Award for Community Service will be given to Winkfield next week on St. Thomas, the nonprofit said.

AARP Virgin Islands said in a prepared statement that it selected Winkfield for her “remarkable service which has greatly benefited the community.”

“Ms. Winkfield has established partnerships and good relationships with various government agencies and local groups to discuss ideas and find solutions,” the organization said. “She is always willing to help a project come to fruition especially if it’s a good idea for the community. She is courageous and tenacious and focuses on results. She is committed to improving the quality of life and safety in The Virgin Islands.”

Rudy and Alma Winkfield of VITAL.

Winkfield is the vice president of the Virgin Islands Trail Alliance (VITAL), the organization responsible for the opening of the first bike lane in the territory.

“This award acts as a symbol to the public that we can all work together for positive social change,” Corinne Plaskett, volunteer state president of AARP in The Virgin Islands, said.

The award will be formally presented to Winkfield at a ceremony and luncheon on Tuesday at 12 p.m. at the Ritz Carlton Hotel Ballroom in St. Thomas.

“AARP has long valued the spirit of volunteerism and the important contributions volunteers make to their communities, neighbors, and the programs they serve, Troy de Chabert-Schuster, State Director of AARP in The Virgin Islands, said.”

Recipients across the nation were chosen for their ability to enhance the lives of AARP members and prospective members, improve the community in or for which the work was performed, and inspire others to volunteer.

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2 Comments

  1. Bill Pollard
    November 29, 2019 at 7:09 PM — Reply

    Good article except it say when the Trail is located except Sr. Croix.
    You can do better than this John. It you just republish their press release?

    • November 30, 2019 at 7:52 AM — Reply

      I see you are trying to keep busy in your retirement, Mr. Pollard. Thank you for monitoring the Virgin Islands Free Press so closely for useful information about the U.S. Virgin Islands! To satisfy your intellectual curiosity, we have included here the press release the V.I. Freep received from AARP:
      “St. Croix/St.Thomas/St. John – Alma Winkfield has been selected by AARP, the nonprofit
      organization dedicated to empowering Americans and that enhances the quality of life for all as
      we age to receive the 2019 AARP Virgin Islands Andrus Award for Community Service — the
      Association’s most prestigious and visible state volunteer award for community service.
      AARP Virgin Islands selected Ms. Winkfield for her remarkable service which has greatly
      benefited the community, supported AARP’s vision and mission, and inspired other volunteers.
      Ms. Winkfield has established partnerships and good relationships with various government
      agencies and local groups to discuss ideas and find solutions. She is always willing to help a
      project come to fruition especially if it’s a good idea for the community. She is courageous and
      tenacious and focuses on results. She is committed to improving the quality of life and safety in
      The Virgin Islands. Ms. Winkfield is the Vice President of VI Trail Alliance and Partners, the
      organization responsible for the opening of the first Bike Lane in the territory.
      The award will be formally presented to Ms. Winkfield at a ceremony and luncheon on Tuesday,
      December 3, 2019 at 12 pm at the Ritz Carlton Hotel Ballroom in St. Thomas, USVI.
      “This award acts as a symbol to the public that we can all work together for positive social change,”
      says Corinne Plaskett, Volunteer State President of AARP in The Virgin Islands. “AARP has long
      valued the spirit of volunteerism and the important contributions volunteers make to their
      communities, neighbors, and the programs they serve, states Troy de Chabert-Schuster, State
      Director of AARP in The Virgin Islands.”
      Recipients across the nation were chosen for their ability to enhance the lives of AARP members
      and prospective members, improve the community in or for which the work was performed, and
      inspire others to volunteer.”

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