St George East District hosts IWD forum in Blanchisseuse

The St George East District of the Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts hosted an International Women’s Day Forum at the Blanchisseuse Secondary School on Sunday April 2, 2017 under the theme, “Building Communities with Women in Mind.” Approximately one hundred and fifty (150) women form Maracas Bay, Las Cuevas, La Fillette, Blanchisseuse, Morne La Croix and Brasso Seco attended the event.

Presentations were delivered by various stakeholders on the following topics:

  • Spirituality and Family Life – Shelly King (member of the Five Rivers and Environs Women of Worth group)
  • Education and Social Life- Lydia Salazar-John (representative from the Ministry of Education) and
  • Health Issues- La Donna Gulston and Michelle Ash (representatives from the Ministry of Health)

Sergeant Paul, attached to the Blanchisseuse Police Station, delivered brief remarks.

The audience was well entertained by performances from talented residents of the North Coast communities, including Ann Marie Gomez, who rendered a religious song; Nekeisha Lewis of La Fillette, who recited a monologue and a dance and drama presentation by the Morne La Croix/ Brasso Seco Police Youth Club.

Tokens of appreciation were distributed to the presenters for supporting the St George East District of the Community Development Division, along with community stalwarts who gave of their selfless service to community work.

There was also an information booth set up by the Ministry of Health- Health Education and Nutrition and Metabolism Division, to sensitize those in attendance about their health.

The programme ended with an expression of thanks by Alexis Contant from the Morne La Croix Community.

Community Development Officer I, Alicia Mohammed (left) presents a token to one of the awardees for her work in the community
From left: Community Development Officer II, St George East, Arlene Mahon; Community Development Officer I, Judy Ruiz; Supervisor I, St George East, Lionel Sampson; CDO I, Alicia Mohammed and CDO I, Adanna Antoine
One of the participating groups perform a dance