BPW to focus on capacity building, mentoring in new term, says President Walwyn

Dr. Christine Walwyn now heads the organization, which is going through a period of renewal toward being stronger in structure and function. Speaking to MiyVue.com, she briefly outlined some of her priorities.

“We’re going to be doing some capacity building within the club itself. There is a leadership seminar to be held in the Cayman Islands in October, and many of the members will attend,” Walwyn said, adding, “We want, also, to do some community development. We have a project in mind that we’re trying to launch hopefully in a month’s time.”

However, another important BPW program will be the mentoring of young girls. Walwyn said, “We want to do something on mentoring, so we are selecting some girls from across the island. We started a program with grade five girls, so that we can mold them and steer them in the right direction.

President Walwyn also indicated increased advocacy on issues that affect the inclusion and advancement of women in general.

The president and her new Executive and Board were elected to office June 17, at the Nirvana Restaurant, the location at which the organization was first launched 40 years ago, when the old property was called the Fairview Inn.

The installation ceremony was attended by founding members, including Pamela Wall, the first president of the BPW St. Kitts Chapter, current and prospective members as well.

The new Executive & Board are as follows:

President – Dr Christine Walwyn

1st Vice President – Ms Micheleina Charles-Hazelle

2nd Vice President – Mrs Youlouca Armony-Browne

Honorary Secretary – Ms Azilla Clarke

Assistant Honorary Secretary – Ms Coretta Boon

Honorary Treasurer – Mrs Elizabeth Armony

Assistant Honorary Treasurer – Ms Gallio Gumbs

Parliamentarian – Ms Angelina Gracy Sookoo

Public Relations Officer – Mrs Avenice Jeffers-Thompson

Floor Members:

Shirna Pemberton

Valencia Grant

Raquel Gentles

BPW informed that the installation ceremony was conducted by Bessie Hironimus, the regional coordinator for North America and the Caribbean, who brought greetings from BPW International President Dr. Yasmin Darwich.

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