Jan 29, 2016 News
A Guyanese association has been launched in St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) to look after their
According to the Guyanese Association of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Inc.”, people from this country forms the biggest immigrants from the Caribbean area.
The members elected its office bearers on Saturday, January 16, at the Wesleyan Holiness Church, downtown Kingstown.
The 10-member committee comprises Nigel Russell – President; Rawle Caesar– First Vice President; Keith John – Second Vice President; Jennifer Peterkin – Secretary; Pastor Kerry Kerr – Treasurer; John Dickie – Assistant Secretary/Treasurer; Collette Jones-Chin – Public Relations Officer with the Committee members being Dianne Charles, Patricia Jones and Denise Craigg.
In his first address as president of the association, Russell noted that it would come as a surprise that Guyanese are largest number of immigrants to that territory.
“Guyanese who reside in SVG have contributed largely to its development, especially in the nursing and education sectors and will continue to do so.”
Russell, who has lived with his wife, raising two sons in SVG for more than 25 years, said he has always wondered why there was no association of Guyanese in SVG.
He always wanted to be a part of the development of one. However, years elapsed and his interest was awakened when Patricia Jones and Mrs. Dianne Charles pulled a few Guyanese together to celebrate the victory and Inauguration of President David Granger who was elected last year May in Guyana. Soon after, a group was formed, an interim committee established.
The intentions of the association are to promote the integration of Guyanese into the Vincentian society; preserve the Guyanese culture there and to provide assistance to Guyanese immigrants.
The association is also looking to organize celebrations around Guyana’s national events and also become an effective voice in SVG.
Stating that the organization is non-political, non-religious and non-profit, Russell stressed that there is an open door policy.
“Nobody is above anybody. For me, there is no division, nor separation between anybody. Whether you’re a baker, whether you’re a security guard, whether you’re a doctor, lawyer; whatever you do, we have a broad-based set of skills to assist in the continued development of this country and ourselves, and all we have to do is work together. Every single thing that we do will involve everyone.”
About 40 persons attended and participated in the elections.
Expressing satisfaction at the “good turnout”, Russell noted that some Guyanese have been living in St. Vincent and the Grenadines for more than 30 years.
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