Acting Director General of the Dominica Red Cross, Dr. Jaslin Salmon is hopeful that the newly elected board of directors will help move the organization in a new direction.
Dr. Salmon, who spoke to Vibes News on Thursday 24 May 2018, informed that the new board was elected at the Red Cross’ General Assembly held on Saturday 19 May 2018 at the Goodwill Parish Hall.
The purpose of the general assembly was to have a biennial meeting of the Dominica Red Cross.
The new board consists of a Chairman, who is Reginald Winston, the Vice chairman McDonald Thomas, the treasurer Carla Daniel-Christmas, and three members at large who are Sandra Charter-Rolle, Dr. Robertson Thomas, and Pearl Robin.
Dr. Salmon noted that aside from the election, the assembly voted to make Club 25 the youth arm of the organization and then the President of Club 25 will become a member of the board.
The Director General disclosed that his vision for the Dominica Red Cross is to see the organization continuing on the path to renewal.
“I want to see the organization get stronger, and have an increased capacity to meet the needs of vulnerable people, and definitely to be active during and after a disaster,” he stated.
Dr. Salmon also expects that the branches will play a greater role in addressing the needs of people in their area and the national society is prepared to support the branches in getting ready for the next hurricane season.
“We are really working on that and we intend to ensure that before the next hurricane season we will have supplies positioned in many of the branches,” he said.
Now that a new board has been elected, Dr. Salmon said his task is to work together with the board in recruiting a new Director General who will replace him at the end of June.