GROS ISLET YOUTH AND SPORTS COUNCIL RESTRUCTURES INTO NORTH AND SOUTH
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.