Face to face with globalization
15 June 2006
Strengthening Caribbean Guiding to face the challenges of globalization was the theme of the 16th Caribbean Link Conference held in Antigua in April.
Chief Commissioners from nine Member Organizations and branch organizations heard from attorney-at-law E. Ann Henryhow the Caribbean had already been affected by globalization and how there was a need to go back to basic means of sharing information in order to address the needs of girls from all backgrounds.
The Caribbean Link consists of 21 members. Six of these (Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Montserrat and Turks and Caicos Islands) are branch Associations of Girlguiding UK
Participants received more information about the priorities for the region and an outline of closer working links between the Western Hemisphere Committee and the Caribbean Link.
New members of the Executive Board were also elected at the event. O. Linda Banks, the Island Commissioner from Anguilla, was elected as the new Chairperson; Wilma Turton, the Chief Commissioner of Barbados, appointed as Deputy Chairperson and Catherine Reed, trainer of Trinidad and Tobago, was re-elected as training advisor.
Caribbean Link Trainers Conference
Eighteen trainers participated in the Caribbean Link Trainers Conference that also took place in April in Barbuda. They enjoyed interactive sessions on improving communications in the Caribbean and the impact of training and guidance on the quality of the Member Organizations.
Trainers from Girl Guides of Canada presented sessions on mentoring and monitoring trainers and trainees, innovative training methods and use of technology.