Opening Cermony of the Young Women's Leadership Training Workshop

Last Updated: Sunday, 30 September 2012 Published: Friday, 26 November 2010 Written by Colette Ambo

A crowd of industrious and ambitious women flooded the seats of the Garraway Hotel on Tuesday 23 November, 2010.  The gathering was to officially open the Young Women's Leadership Training Workshop to be held during the week.  This workshop, headed by the Caribbean Union of Teachers Status of Women’s Committee, is meant to produce 'well-abled' female leaders in today's male dominated society.


The morning's proceedings commenced with the national anthem played by Convent's very own ensemble of CXC music students, along with Dan Pious Jno Baptiste, a former student of the Dominica Community High School. It was followed by a prayer by DAT (Dominican Association of Teachers) member, Ms Richards St Rose.  The Welcome address was done by Ms Vania Martin, the chairperson of DAT, while remarks were given by Ms Judith Spencer and Miss Virginia Albert-Poytte.  The purpose was to entice the women present to take it upon themselves to rise to leadership positions.  According to Miss Spencer: “Many still think male when they think of leaders, that’s how we socialize but it is changing,”


The Convent High School’s wind ensemble, comprising of Fifth form CXC students as well as the Fourth form music students entertained the audience with a few numbers.  They were followed by a young lady from the St Martin's Primary School, playing 'Ode to 'Joy'.  After this, the Honourable Johnson Drigo graced the women with his words of encouragement, being the only man at the headtable for the day.  He was followed by the Honourable Minister for Sports and Youth affairs, Ms Justina Charles.


The ceremony was concluded with a vote of thanks done by the President of the DAT, Mrs Celia Nicholas.  Mrs Nicholas made it her duty to mention and recognise all women present and their tremendous success in displaying leadership.  This recognition included the principal of the Convent High School, Mrs Josephine Dublin.

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