It has been a really powerful 12 months for civil society professionals in Barbados and on the Barbados Affiliation of Non-Governmental Organizations’ (BANGO) Christmas gathering which was held on the Marriott Resort on December 18, in partnership with the Marriott, professionals within the sector had been reminded to care for themselves as nicely.
Over 20 Civil Society Organizations (CSO) leaders and crew members gathered to reconnect and unwind on the terrace of the Marriott, observing COVID-19 protocols, with mild refreshments and mushy Christmas music. They mentioned their work but in addition discovered time to community and have interaction with one another in a real effort to hunt synergies and new methods going ahead.
One recurring theme all through the night was BANGO’s main name for coordination on CSOs working in a extra cohesive method. The CSO leaders expressed their dedication to this philosophy and hoped that 2021 will see extra of what was began in 2020 by BANGO. Marrietta Carrington of Verdun Home summed up the CSOs temper, by reiterating the decision to work collectively.
Glyne Alleyne of the Bajan Firefighters invited ten of his younger volunteers to the occasion, the place they had been in a position to join with BANGO’s governance crew members and different CSO leaders. Governance crew members who attended the occasion had been Dr Marcia Brandon – Secretary Basic, Mrs Donnah Russell- Deputy Secretary Basic and Mr Ian Douglas – Chair for Tradition Motion crew.
Alleyne stated the occasion offered him with a great alternative to not solely community however socialize and share concepts in addition to experiences.
Incoming Deputy-Secretary Basic Donnah Russell shared that she is glad to be working with BANGO because the group continues in its quest to unite CSOs and foster higher working relationships with all stakeholders. CSOs in attendance included leaders from Bajan Firefighters, Home of Rediscovery,
Verdun Home, CARE Barbados, Web Society, COESL, BREA, WE WILL and Soroptimists.
CEO of the Marriott Kelly-Ann Payne stated, “It was our pleasure to accomplice with the Barbados Affiliation of Non- Governmental Organizations for his or her annual Christmas occasion this 12 months. We all know that 2020 was a tricky 12 months for a lot of and at Courtyard by Marriott Bridgetown, we welcomed the chance to offer again and likewise to point out appreciation for a company with members who’ve supported us all through the years.
“At Marriott, we consider in our Spirit to Serve, selling range and dealing with NGOs and small companies. We stay up for placing extra construction round our partnership sooner or later and we want the members a protected and glad vacation and a affluent 2021.”
Dr Brandon requested the CSOs current to take a while to relaxation, chill out, reinvigorate, rejuvenate and reset for 2021. “In different phrases, please take some downtime and provides yourselves some tender loving care. You deserve it,” she burdened. She known as on CSOs to do not forget that their sector is a singular one, completely different from Authorities and the non-public sector.
In BANGO’s quest to make a distinction and assist the sector develop into sustainable, she famous that this can require new mindsets and love in motion. (PR)