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YWCA elects new board

NATASHA BECKLES, [email protected]

YWCA elects new board

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THE YOUNG WOMEN’S Christian Association of Barbados (YWCA) has elected a new board of management for the period 2014 to 2016.

The new board members are: Tamara Brathwaite (president), Tamita Griffith (1st vice president), Nailah Michael (2nd vice president), Jean Cheltenham (honorary treasurer), Lynette Holder (honorary secretary) and Safiya Moore (honorary assistant secretary/treasurer). The floor members are Atheline Branch, Rhea Cheltenham, Rashida Dixon, Audrey Harper-Bovell, Gina Millington, Kathy-Anne Neblett and Cleon Armstrong.

The new president welcomed the new board and thanked the previous board members for providing their time and talents, especially immediate past president Andrea C. Taylor who continues as the Association’s national breakfast coordinator.

“Our new board consists of persons who each possess a variety of skills and expertise and I am excited about working with them over the next two years.

“Volunteering your service on the YWCA’s board shows commitment to the improvement of the association as we continue to implement collaborative programmes that not only create opportunities to assist and empower girls and women but also positively engage school-aged children,” Brathwaite said.

In a release issued today, the board pledged to continue empowering women and girls to become more aware of their self-worth through personal developmental skills, training programmes and fellowship.

It said it was concerned that females still experience major challenges with equality and gender-based violence.

“Specific emphasis will be placed on the association’s governance and leadership procedures, membership development, advocacy, expansion of programmes, community outreach, online presence including launching a website and building additional strategic partnerships,” the release stated.

The release noted that in recent years, the association has had tremendous success with its projects and programmes including the breakfast club, sewing project and reading club, which have no only recorded increased numbers but also donations from corporate Barbados and individuals. (PR/NB)