The General Pension Fund of Sint Maarten, APS in collaboration with Dr. Jay Haviser hosted a tour and presentation of the restoration of the Mary’s Fancy Plantation for Dutch Minister of Education, Culture & Science Ms. Ingrid van Engelshoven and her support staff on February 4th. Dr. Jay Haviser, Director of SIMARC gave a presentation of the restoration project, including information on the National Heritage Center. Dr. Haviser spoke adamantly about the restoration project, stating that the approach of APS towards this project is “an example of renovation/restoration done right.” SIMARC is responsible for the execution of the archaeological digs, tree inventory and consultation. The collaboration with SIMARC grants young locals the opportunity to be actively involved in the project as well.
“We are happy to be able to host Minister Engelshoven and her delegation. Once completed, we believe the Mary’s Fancy restoration project will be another prime monument that both locals and visitors can enjoy for many generations to come.” – Mrs. Kendra Arnell – Manager Projects.
The delegation included Minister of Education, Youth, Culture and Sport (MEYCS) Mr. Wycliffe Smith and his support staff, representatives of the Inspectorate of MEYCF, representative of the Netherlands Mr. Chris Johnson, Mr. Erwin Arkenbout and several other government officials. APS officials included Mr Oscar Williams – Manager Pension Administration & Reporting and Mrs. Kendra Arnell – Manager Projects.