Lawrence pulls over 250 delegates in G/Town rally
As the race for the position of Chairmanship of the People’s National Congress Reform (PNC/R) intensifies, incumbent Vice Chairperson Volda Lawrence Wednesday evening attracted a large number of the Georgetown delegates during a campaign meeting at the St. Stanislaus College.
Chants of “Volda for Chair!” erupted as she interacted with over 250 members and delegates in one of the largest meetings for the chairmanship, a statement from her public relations team noted.
Lawrence, who is also Minister of Public Health, spoke at lengths about taking transformational leadership to the helm of the Party and captivated the interest of those in attendance as she reminded them of her track record of serving the PNC/R, dating back to the testing days in Opposition.
“My parents live and breathed the PNC; our home was a hive of activity for comrades and a haven in times of distress. It was not surprising, therefore that my activism and volunteerism saw the genesis with and in the PNC,” Lawrence is quoted as saying.
Recounting the hardship of post-1992 and her work while the now Government was in Opposition, Minister Lawrence spoke of her entry into the Party structure through her grassroots initiatives.
“In 1992, my entire family of Lot 15 Walker Terrace, West La Penitence was nowhere on the voter’s list. My mother let out a wail, I began to cry also. My father tried in vain to console his family of five, and he broke into tears.
“…it was then I decided to form in October of 1992, a pressure group whose purpose was to prevent a repeat of the grave injustice meted out to myself and family. My efforts caught the attention of Comrade Stella Assanah, and it was she who insisted that my efforts would be more effective in the formal structure of the PNC and the rest, as they say, is history.
“I began to be visible and fought for the values of this great family we call the PNC, it was a sacrifice and I don’t regret one minute of it… it is why I ask you to give me the opportunity to serve as Chair. My track record is there to show. I was there for you then and I don’t intend to go anywhere.”
Since then, Minister Lawrence has served the Party at every level – from being the Treasurer of her Party group in 1992 to Chair of the Georgetown District in 2009 – a position she holds to date.
Minister Lawrence has a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Gloucester and possesses qualities which make her one of the clear favourites for Chair of the PNC/R.
This weekend, the PNC/R will be electing a new leadership with Lawrence vying against current chairperson Basil Williams and Minister of State Joseph Harmon for the second top elected position.
President David Granger, who is the current leader of the PNC/R, remains unchallenged.