Sunday 20 September, 2020

Variety – The Children’s Charity elects new crew

Richelle Catlin, Dough Girl; Dr. Janelle Bryan, Director of Health & Wellness, Dahlia Miller; Director of Fund Raising, Sherrilene Collymore; Director of Education, Amanda Kellman, Director of Mental Wellness. Front Row R-L: Donnah Russell, Executive Director; Toni Thorne, President (Chief Barker); Jacqui McDermott, Immediate Past President; Marita Greenidge, Director of Marketing and Public Relations.

Richelle Catlin, Dough Girl; Dr. Janelle Bryan, Director of Health & Wellness, Dahlia Miller; Director of Fund Raising, Sherrilene Collymore; Director of Education, Amanda Kellman, Director of Mental Wellness. Front Row R-L: Donnah Russell, Executive Director; Toni Thorne, President (Chief Barker); Jacqui McDermott, Immediate Past President; Marita Greenidge, Director of Marketing and Public Relations.

Variety – The Children’s Charity (VCC) has elected several new members to its Crew (Board of Directors).

Heading the Charity as President will now be Toni Thorne who moves from her former role as Vice President to assume the new leadership position.

Toni takes over from Jacqui McDermott, who held the position for four years and will now sit on the board as Immediate Past President.

“I am elated to be the new head of Variety – The Children's Charity. Variety has a long legacy of stellar female leadership including its relationship with Barbados' beloved Auntie Olga,” said an excited Toni about her new role.

“This charity is one I have held near to my heart and the relationship fostered is one which goes beyond my involvement as Chief Barker (President). It is now my role to ensure that Variety is the charity of choice for all Barbadians and to continue the great work which benefits the children in Barbados,” she added.

“Heading a predominantly female board in this Year of the Woman is not lost on me. It is our duty, as women to show that female leadership brings a certain level of support and passion that is unrivalled. The future of Varity is exciting!” she shared.

Elections were held on December 8 at Variety’s Annual General Meeting at Divi Southwinds. The Charity created several new posts to help usher in a new era of growth and development. These new posts include Director of Health & Wellness, which will be held by Dr. Janelle Bryan, Director of Marketing and Public Relations, which will be held by Marita Greenidge, Director of Fund Raising, which will be held by Dahlia Miller and Director of Mental Wellness held by Amanda Kellman.

“The secretariat of VCC is pleased to introduce our new Crew (Board of Directors) to the public. The new Crew reflects Variety's developmental stage in the charity's life cycle,” said Executive Director, Donnah Russell E.D.

She explained that "with the resources inherent with this new Crew, Variety is now poised to make a real difference in the lives of our constituents through new and relevant programming."

The new team got off to a quick start hosting a brainstorming session with members of the charity to determine Variety’s next steps for 2019. Key on the calendar will be making the much-anticipated Row for Charity bigger and better and expanding Variety’s reach into the community.

"This year Variety sought to use the AGM to reach out to members to find out their opinions. We asked them key questions and received positive feedback that will fashion how we move forward,” said Donnah.

“Our future plans will be centred around human rights through the UN Sustainable Development Goals 2030 that relate to children,” she added.

The full Variety Board: President (Chief Barker) – Toni Thorne; Immediate Past President – Jacqui McDermott; Executive Director – Donnah Russell; Treasurer (Dough Guy) – Richelle Catlin; Attorney (Fixer) – Dario Welch; Director of Marketing & PR – Marita Greenidge; Director of Education – Sherrilene Collymore; Director of Health & Wellness – Dr. Janelle Bryan; Director of Mental Wellness – Amanda Kellman; Medical Advisor – Prof. M. Anne St. John; Appeals Chairperson – Dr..Angela Jennings; IT Consultant – Janelle Lashley.

 

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