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20 November 2017

NEW NATIONAL STUDENTS COUNCIL EXECUTIVE ELECTED

By NYC

Castries, Saint Lucia, Monday 20th, November 2017. On Friday November 17th, 2017, a new
executive of the Saint Lucia National Students’ Council was elected during its Annual General
Assembly at the conference room of the Mental Wellness Centre. The General Conference was
attended by 13 students councils from schools around the island. The assembly seeks to foster
cohesion and unity throughout the national student body. This year the event was held on the 17th
of November to commemorate the global observance of “International Students Day”
The program commenced with remarks from the outgoing president, Joshua Harrow and 2nd Vice
President of the National Youth Council. The two men expressed their gratitude to the students
present at the organization’s highest decision-making forum and encouraged participants to
appreciate the opportunity to exercise student rights. Jeshurun Andrew, NYC President followed
up by engaging student leaders in a period of reflection during his presentation on the
“Importance of Student Leadership” placing emphasis on the demands of executive roles in the
National Executive.

For the first time, individual councils were given the opportunity to report to the gathering; an
element that will remain part of the annual program to give students greater ownership of the
organization. Following the break in proceedings, Mr. Kirt Hosam, OECS Learning and
Development Manager challenged the students’ call to serve. He presented on “Creating
Personal Mission Statements” and delved deeper into the essence of leadership. Students then
met in groups to set a mandate for the new executive.
During this segment of the program dubbed “Introduction to Student Leadership – What’s
Next?” the assembly voted on two amendments to the constitution. The amendments are as
follows:
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 Each delegation can only submit three (3) nominations to contest positions on the
executive.
 Final year students cannot be nominated to run for the positions of Vice President and
General Secretary.
Following the lunch break, the General Assembly proceeded to elect a new executive for the year
2017-2018.
The new executive of the National Students Council is as follows:
President – Leeryk De Lima (Sir Arthur Lewis Community College)
Vice President (Districts 1-4) - Kendal Seraphim (Sir Arthur Lewis Community College)
Vice President (Districts 5-8) – Kherim Nelson (Choiseul Secondary School)
General Secretary – Sasha Polius (St. Joseph’s Convent)
Assistant Secretary – Deshawn Augustin (Anse Ger Secondary School)
Treasurer - Anaiah Ferdinand (Sir Arthur Lewis Community College) (Re-elected)
Public Relations Officer – Tiah Arnold (St. Joseph’s Convent)
All positions with the exception of Vice President (1-4) were keenly contested as 13 students ran
in hopes of securing their spot on the National Executive. The position of Vice President (1-4)
was unopposed.
The executive was sworn in by Ms. Mary Wilfred, Director of Youth in the Department of Youth
Development and Sports. The election process was conducted by the Electoral Committee
comprising of Returning Officer, Ms. Raejean Montoute, NYC First Vice President, Mr. Nyus
Alfred, NYC Second Vice President, Mr. Ajani Lebourne and Ms. Saralee Williams, Youth and
Sports Officer attached to the NYC. The elections were supervised by Alymphia Lionel, Civic
and Voter Education Coordinator at the Electoral Department.

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