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The Gros Islet Youth and Sports Coun­cil is in the process of re­struc­tur­ing, and has com­pleted phase 1, which is the es­tab­lish­ment of an in­terim ex­ec­u­tive for a Gros Islet South Youth and Sports Coun­cil. Phase 2, which is well on the way, in­volves the same for the North, all pend­ing fi­nal rat­i­fi­ca­tion at the Gen­eral As­sem­bly of the Na­tional Youth Coun­cil dur­ing mid-2019.

Over the past decade the Gros Islet Youth and Sports Coun­cil has found it in­creas­ingly dif­fi­cult to ef­fi­ciently and ef­fec­tively rep­re­sent and man­age the en­tire span of the con­stituency, due to its large geo­graph­i­cal and pop­u­la­tion size and the di­verse and unique is­sues, and vary­ing needs of the sev­eral com­mu­ni­ties therein. Con­se­quently, a pro­posal to re­struc­ture was tabled for youth con­sul­ta­tion, whereby a split, into a Gros Islet North and Gros Islet South Youth Coun­cil, would be es­tab­lished.

The sug­gested bound­ary is the di­ver­gence of the main road from Mon­gi­raud into the Monchy Gap, up to the River Mi­tant Junc­tion. The youth, youth groups, clubs and or­gan­i­sa­tions liv­ing and func­tion­ing in com­mu­ni­ties which are sit­u­ated (south­wardly) be­low that road, down to Union/Choc (where the Gros Islet and Cas­tries bound­aries meet) would unite to form the Gros Islet South Youth and Sports Coun­cil. At that junc­tion the road splits into two, lead­ing to ei­ther River Mi­tant or Monchy proper. Youth in River Mi­tant will be a part of the South coun­cil and those of Monchy proper and sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties will be part of the North. Whilst this is not the first at­tempt to achieve this, it is en­cour­ag­ing to note that, after sev­eral months of con­tin­u­ous youth con­sul­ta­tion, the young peo­ple unan­i­mously agreed on the pro­posed re­struc­tur­ing.

Mem­bers of the newly formed coun­cils as­sure the youth that this process has not di­vided Gros Islet, but in­stead en­cour­ages and has cre­ated the en­vi­ron­ment for in­creased in­clu­sion, par­tic­i­pa­tion and col­lab­o­ra­tion of every­one in or­der to mit­i­gate the is­sues af­fect­ing the young peo­ple of the dis­trict. Al­though two sep­a­rate coun­cils would rep­re­sent the sec­tors, they ul­ti­mately rep­re­sent the en­tire Gros Islet dis­trict, as they are ex­pected to col­lab­o­rate and rely on each other to plan and or­gan­ise events which will high­light the tal­ents, gifts and achieve­ments of all its youth. Both coun­cils will be over­seen by The Na­tional Youth Coun­cil, as is done for ev­ery other dis­trict coun­cil of the or­gan­i­sa­tion, once rat­i­fied at the next Gen­eral As­sem­bly.

Sun­day Novem­ber 4, 2018 marked the date that gen­eral elec­tions were held for the Gros Islet South Youth and Sports Coun­cil. The elected coun­cil is: Pres­i­dent, Jeshu­run An­drew; 1st Vice Pres­i­dent, Shan­ice Fran­cis; 2nd Vice Pres­i­dent, Malu­arae Jones; Gen­eral Sec­re­tary, Daniel De­fraites, As­sis­tant Gen­eral Sec­re­tary, Tara Au­guste; Trea­surer, Sheralee Si­mon; As­sis­tant Trea­surer, Sher­win Alexan­der; Pub­lic Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer, Jardelle Au­guste; As­sis­tant Pub­lic Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer, Crys­tal Mo­rille.

For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact: 719 2117, 461 4911 or 285 1945.

The first (in­terim) ex­ec­u­tive of the Gros Islet South Youth & Sports Coun­cil.

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