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Governor Gus Jaspert recently recognized several service organisations in the Territory for their contributions and spirit of volunteerism, in the wake of the hurricanes. This was done with a dinner hosted at Maria's By The Sea.
“It was a delight, along with the Premier, to celebrate and recognise the hard work of community volunteers, as without their support and dedication, the recovery efforts after the hurricanes would have been even more challenging," Governor Jaspert said.
According to his office, the discussions highlighted the need for the organisations to have avenues of dialogue between themselves. Suggestions included the need for the establishment of community volunteer councils throughout the BVI, and the establishment of a community volunteer day.
The group agreed that there is a need to continuously look at volunteering in the Territory and ensure the BVI has the best policies to support volunteerism.
The importance of having events to celebrate the hard work of volunteers was highlighted and it was also suggested that inter-community competitions be held to help restore community pride and a spirit of volunteering.
In attendance were Directors, Presidents or representatives from Rotary Clubs, Lions Club, the Youth Empowerment Programme (YEP), the BVI Red Cross, Tortola Ladies’ Club, All Hands and Hearts, VG Rock, Family Support Network, Unite BVI and Mentoring Anointed Leaders Everywhere (MALE).