Two women and three men have taken up the mantle to oversee the community of Wesley for the next three years.
His Excellency the President of Dominica Charles Savarin and Mrs. Savarin were among those present to witness the 26th inaugural meeting of the Wesley Village on Friday February 24 at the Wesley Primary School.
Marlon Andrew, Braud Phillip, Neva Reid, Edlyn St.John and Giraud Gussie are the new councilors.
“The newly formed Wesley Village council will be based on principles of integrity, dedication, perseverance and endurance as we seek to do our utmost in the service to our beloved community of Wesley,” incoming Chairman, Braud Phillip pledged.
He listed town hall meetings, family fun day activities, promotion of backyard farming, weekly village markets, increased capacity building for councilors, in-house training, adult education, youth skills training, disaster preparedness and sporting activities as some of the initiatives planned for the next three years.
The Hon Minister for Social Services, Lady Catherine Daniel commented on the various Government social programmes which continues to benefit the community and expressed hope that this new council will continue the collaboration with Government.
“This Labour Party Government under the dynamic leadership of Dr. Roosevelt Skerrit values the tremendous work that councils have done in the development of our communities and by extension the development of the country and for that reason Government continues to provide substantial funds to the council for the implementation of community-based projects. Over the years, we have seen an improved partnership between Government and the councils in addressing community needs and concerns through safety nets and social protection mechanisms. These projects have yielded tangible results and have enhanced the socio-economic development of the community…,” Hon Daniel said.
Photo: New Wesley Chairman, Braud Phillip