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The Saba People  
  Meet the SabansMeet some of the characters that walk tall in our small community. We're in the process of interviewing a variety of island residents from all sectors to give you an insite into the nature of life on the Unspoiled queen. So check back with this page at regular intervals, who knows who you'll meet!

Glenn C. HolmnGlenn C. Holm
Director of Tourism

Good day
My name is Glenn Calvin Holm, born on the beautiful island of Saba from a long line of native Sabans.

My Great Grandfather was Thomas Holm Born in 1851 and died in 1913, Thomas was at the time the Island Governor, Lay reader at the Anglican church, postmaster, dentistry, mender of broken bones and shoemaker among others.  I think I followed in my Great grandfather’s footsteps as I too wear many hats on my beloved island.

My mother Bessie Zagers was a nurse and a maker of Saba Lacework, she sold her lovely lace in our home where she raised my brother Roland and I. My home as a child is still my home to this day! Our home being near the Captain’s Quarters Hotel supplied the perfect opportunity to attract passing visitors and my mother quickly transformed a bedroom into a small shop.  This is when my involvement in the tourist industry began. As a young boy of about 10 years of age I started guiding visitors on the many hiking trails of Saba, in particular the ascent to the peak of Mount Scenery.

After completing school here on Saba (back then there was only elementary school to grade 6), aged 14 I moved to Aruba to further my education, this was the first time I'd left the island. As luck would have it my aunt Gladys and family lived there, solitude was not an issue. Her husband Rupert worked at the LAGO oil refinery where many Saban men were employed. After the refinery closed almost 4 years later, I finished high school on Sint Maarten and returned home to join the work force.  My very first Government job was switchboard operator, then time keeper at the Department of Public works, Clerk at the Finance Department and finally on March 1st 1980 at the Department of Tourism.  Evenings I worked at the Captain’s Quarters Hotel as waiter to make ends meet.

I worked alongside the then Director of Tourism Mr. Will Johnson and when he returned to active politics I was made the head of the Tourism Department and have been proud to be the Director of Tourism ever since.  I love my career as no two days are alike, I love challenges and promoting the beloved island of my birth.

In addition to my daily position as Director of Tourism I currently hold the position of President of the Saba Lions Club, Secretary of the Museum board and numerous other functions, including wedding planning, island decorator and the creator of lovely floral arrangements with flowers from my garden.

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to our island and hope you will enjoy your visit, returning often to enjoy the peace, quiet and hospitality Saba offers its visitors.

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