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Wheff Introduction Event Speech

October 12, 2017

 

Thank you for coming out to support me- the beginning of something so wonderful. My board of directors including myself of course, Selvarine Harvey (Agent) special mention that she has been the brain child of starting and formulating this organization, Desi Rheams (Treasure), Kamilah Brewster (Secretary). 

 

Many of you already know my story, I am the girl from Trinidad that has been through many trials and tribulations. The mother, the cardiologist and the entrepreneur. 

 

Many of you know that my brother passed from a pulmonary embolism and mother who passed on July 4, 2017 in the mist of organizing this event. She was put to rest on Thursday, July 13, 2017.

 

My mother was a phenomenal woman, she represents the WHEFF woman. Rita (St. Rose) Paris was a matriarch to her children, and the many lives that she touched. 

 

A simple woman that knew what her role was in life and followed the journey. The WHEFF woman- she learns, lives and loves. 

 

The idea of WHEFF- was formulated in my mind back in 2005- after starting my own practice. I felt that this community appeared different than the other places I traveled in United States. I did not understand why Louisiana as part of the union that was behind on screening and number one for many " THE BAD STUFF" - heart disease, diabetes, breast cancer, early pregnancies and premature pregnancies, STDs and yes HIV (my GOD). It almost felt like Louisiana was a third world country inside of the  United States of America.

 

Today, Wheff is an official 501c program to teach the community about healthy living, cooking classes, weight management classes and stress management classes.

 

We emphasize a natural, herbal and holistic approach with medicinal services as part of complete health and wellness. 

 

WHEFF is the prevention of the disease, to change the communities consciousness one woman/person at a time and lastly to allow all Louisiana's to have a place to understand each common and uncommon issues (health) as it presents itself- Free of Charge- To decipher the web jungle of confusion 

 

We want the matriarchs !!!- We want the WHEFF woman-

ARE YOU A WHEFF WOMAN?

ARE YOU A PHENOMENAL WOMAN ?

 

Lastly a poem from Maya Angelou-

 

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies. 

I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size   

But when I start to tell them, 

They think I’m telling lies. 

I say, 

It’s in the reach of my arms, 

The span of my hips,   

The stride of my step,   

The curl of my lips.   

I’m a woman 

Phenomenally. 

Phenomenal woman,   

That’s me. 

 

I walk into a room 

Just as cool as you please,   

And to a man, 

The fellows stand or 

Fall down on their knees.   

Then they swarm around me, 

A hive of honey bees.   

I say, 

It’s the fire in my eyes,   

And the flash of my teeth,   

The swing in my waist,   

And the joy in my feet.   

I’m a woman 

Phenomenally. 

 

Phenomenal woman, 

That’s me. 

 

Men themselves have wondered   

What they see in me. 

They try so much 

But they can’t touch 

My inner mystery. 

When I try to show them,   

They say they still can’t see.   

I say, 

It’s in the arch of my back,   

The sun of my smile, 

The ride of my breasts, 

The grace of my style. 

I’m a woman 

Phenomenally. 

Phenomenal woman, 

That’s me. 

 

Now you understand 

Just why my head’s not bowed.   

I don’t shout or jump about 

Or have to talk real loud.   

When you see me passing, 

It ought to make you proud. 

I say, 

It’s in the click of my heels,   

The bend of my hair,   

the palm of my hand,   

The need for my care.   

’Cause I’m a woman 

Phenomenally. 

Phenomenal woman, 

That’s me.

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