Executive Vice President of Junior Chambers International (JCI), West Indies from Antigua, Ms. Shenella Govia, is currently visiting Guyana as part of her required duties as an elected member.
The JCI is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation which encourages young people to participate in efforts towards social and economic development, international co-operation, goodwill and understanding.
According to Govia, part of her reason for visiting is to also provide training courses for members of JCI Guyana. So far, she said that she has conducted sessions on how to create an impact on society through the implementation of sustainable projects as well as training on administrative matters.
“It was overwhelming to meet the President… coming here and being given that opportunity; I feel honoured. Some persons dream of meeting the President and I am honoured to have been given the chance,” she said.
Govia along with President of JCI Guyana, Ms. Terrianne Bascom, Vice President of JCI West Indies, Ms. Deondra Wishart and Adviser to JCI Guyana, Ms. Petal Ridley paid a courtesy call to President David Granger, on Monday (April 10, 2017), at State House.
The President, during a brief conversation with Ms. Govia in the presence of the other members, said that part of understanding what Guyana is about is understanding Guyana’s focus toward becoming a ‘green’ State. “We are putting the protection of the environment on the forefront of all our policies and I am glad to be able to speak with you because we would [want] you to take that as part of your assignment… and we see it as part of the legacy of the Caribbean Community. We don’t see it as our property; we feel that all of the other CARICOM countries should be able to share in this… many of our nationals also live in Antigua… We are a CARICOM country to the bone. We are committed to the Caribbean,” the President said.
Junior Chamber International (JCI) is a non-profit, international, non-governmental organisation of young people between 18 and 40 years old. It has members in about 124 countries, and regional or national organisations in many of them. It has consultative status with the Council of Europe, with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations and with UNESCO. It was founded in St Louis, USA in 1915.