By James Persaud
September 16, 2011
Someone wise once said that there is no such thing as a stressful event, there is only the meaning that we give to the event. A great peace comes with accepting this, yet it is easier said than done. At times, it is easy to see. I love public speaking, yet to others it is incredibly stressful.
George Jessel once said that "The human brain starts working the moment you are born and never stops until you stand up to speak in public." There are many people who would agree with him. There are times, however, when it is not as easy to see.
New York Softball Cricket League President Mr. Eric Ferrier takes home the Visionary Award at the Southern Queens Park Association, Inc. 35th Anniversary Gala. Mr. Ferrier won for his vision and accomplishment of bringing people together and making those better people in their community.
Eric chooses to do his service for his community, by doing what he knows best-organizing softball cricket. After serving in many positions in the softball organization and working his way into being elected to the highest position as president. Eric was elected president of an ailing New York Softball Cricket League in 2006 by securing more than 90 percent of the votes cast.
Since taking the helm of the organization, he and his hardworking committee’s members were able to elevate the league to the premier softball cricket fraternity in the Tri-State area, and perhaps the entire United States. Under his leadership, the New York Softball Cricket League has won New York’s International competitions many times.
They have travelled to Florida and won that State’s premier competition four times. The achievement surpasses the accomplishments of all other softball cricket fraternities in the United States. When Eric took over the league, the organization consisted of 35 teams. Currently, the membership of the league stands at 62 teams, approximately 1200 players, and double that amount in family members and supporters.
Eric is driven by the philosophy that young people must be meaningfully engaged. This philosophy has motivated him to expand beyond the young adults that comprise the nucleus of his league, and to establish an academy under the nomenclature New York Cricket Youth Development Program. This program currently consists of more than 70 youths, ages 9 to 15.
Eric is a supervisor at his current job, where he has been employed for the past 19 years since migrating with his family from Guyana. Eric is married, and is the proud father of two daughters, and the grandfather of one. He currently represents the New York Softball Cricket League at SQPA’s stakeholder meetings and serves as an alternate to the organization’s corporate board.
I say all of this to say, that when you decide to close a specific chapter of a book make sure it’s closed for good. Don’t leave it on the shelf to go peeking back a couple of months later. Because we all know what the ending will be.
I say to Mr. Ferrier, on behalf of the entire NYSCL membership and especially the other Executives and committees members, congratulations for a job well done you deserve your award.
New York Softball Cricket League President is nominated for special award for providing innovative human services to the Queens community.
Dear Mr. Ferrier,
It is with great pleasure that I write to share some exciting news with you. SQPA’s Board of Directors has nominated you to receive the Visionary Award to be presented at its 35th Anniversary Gala on the evening of Thursday, September 15, 2011 at Terrace on the Park in Flushing, Queens.
This Award is reserved for individuals and groups that have exhibited distinguished leadership and vision in their communities and demonstrated a commitment to the advancement of the residents of Southern Queens.
SQPA has provided innovative human services to the communities in and around Jamaica, Queens since 1976. Thirty-five years of dedicated service calls for a celebration featuring the best in live jazz, celebrity guests and distinguished representatives from the public and private sectors.
Our host for the evening will be DeMarco Morgan of WNBC and the keynote address will be delivered by New York City Schools Chancellor, Dennis Walcott.
We look forward to your participation in this year’s Gala as an honoree. Please confirm your acceptance by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for all the great work you do.
Roger N. Scotland