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Building Communities Primary Focus of St Michael North West Constituency Council
Monday, 19 April 2010 09:39
ONE OF the key messages which Dale Clarke, chairman of St Michael North West Council wants Barbadians to understand, is that the Constituency Councils have not just been established to offer monetary assistance.

He believes that while this kind of assistance will be given where necessary, individuals must seek to work hand in hand with the Councils to help develop themselves and their communities.

One of the first projects of the St Michael North West Council was that of giving medical assistance to a member of the community. In addition, among the many donations given by the Council were those made to the Happy People Entertainment group, and the Jack Bovell Sports Academy, for their organisation of a 3k race to mark the island's Independence Day celebrations.

Already, The Meet The Council Programme has been developed for constituents to understand the role of the Council and to introduce them to Council members.

Among this Council's future plans are the introduction of a debushing programme and the launch of a Skills Training Programme at Ellerslie Secondary School where electrical installation, tiling, carpentry and woodworks will be taught.

Clarke informed that a Big Brother, Big Sister Programme will also commence in January.

"Under this programme we will be asking the older members of the constituency to adopt and mentor the younger people. We want these older persons to offer the youth guidance, and, to generally help them prepare for life," says Clarke.

Since work is currently being carried out on the Deacon's Resource Centre, which is home to the St Michael North West Constituency Council, many of the Council's planned projects cannot commence until next year. The introduction of a Reading Club to encourage reading among constituents, and a Sports Academy, to allow for participation in various disciplines, are among the upcoming programmes. Seniors will not be left out, as they will be given the opportunity to hone their skills and be creative through special day-time craft classes.

"Once work on the centre is completed we will be able to offer additional programmes," Clarke said.

The following persons, together with Clarke, make up the St Michael North West Constituency Council:

Deputy Chairman – Anna Shepherd
Secretary – Winston Sealy
Treasurer – Cheryl Waterman
Assistant Secretary Treasurer – Elizabeth Millington
Kenneth Gittens
Patrick Oxley
Yvonne Jackman
Toni Jones
Reverend George Harewood
Pastor Roger Paul
David Clarke
Gordon Parris
Sheron Millington

COVERAGE COORDINATED BY- GOLD DUST MULTIMEDIA SERVICES- Story  by- Cheryl  C. Harewood Photography y- Syl Cooke and Umoja Rock.Daily Nation. Published 12/16/2009
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