Dominica Association of Persons with Disabilities Inc
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PRESIDENT'S 2018 END OF YEAR MESSAGE
he year 2018 can be described as one of resilience, perseverance, determination and purpose for the Dominica Association of Persons with Disabilities. It began with a lot of uncertainty, anxiety and concern, for it was a mere four months since the passage of Hurricane Maria, and we were just getting ready to initiate measures whereby we could provide our members with the necessary support and assistance, which they were expecting from us.
The Board of Directors however held great expectations for the year ahead, and was confident and optimistic that it would rise above the challenges. With our facility not having experienced too much damage, it was easy to put the wheels of recovery in motion, and as early as January 15, it began the implementation of a Plan of Action.
The Plan of Action covered Immediate, Intermediate and Long Term measures covering the period January 2018 to December 2019, All designed to assist our members and the constituents we represent.
Before the passage of Hurricane Maria, plans were already being made for an elaborate observance of the 35th Anniversary in 2018, but this had to be reviewed based on the circumstances.
The immediate measures were primarily focused on:
As 2018 draws to a close, the Board of Directors, combined with its Membership and Staff wishes to record its profound thanks, appreciation and gratitude to all its Social Partners who played a role in making the year an amazing success.
There are those who stand out in all of this, and we wish to use this medium to highlight a few of them.
We also extend best wishes for the Holiday Season and a Bright, Prosperous, Peaceful and Productive 2019.
DAPD Appreciation & Awards Ceremony
As part of its 35th Anniversary Activities the Dominica Association of Persons with Disabilities (DAPD) held an Awards and Appreciation Ceremony on Monday December 3, 2018, at the Dominica Public Service Union Auditorium. The function also commemorated the 2018 International Day for Persons with Disabilities (IDPD), the theme for which was “Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities for Inclusiveness and Equality”.
Over fifty Social Partners and 22 members were honoured at the event. The Social Partners were recognized for their tangible contributions to the Association’s development over the years on a continuous basis, while the 22 members included pioneers and those who provided long service to DAPD.
Among officials who addressed the function was Hon. Joseph Isaac, Parliamentary Representative for the Roseau Central Constituency, who pledged to join the DAPD in advocating for the rights of persons with disabilities. He also assisted with the presentation of the awards.
During the event a financial donation to the DAPD was presented by Mr. Aylmer Irish, CEO of the National Cooperative Credit Union (NCCU), on behalf of his organisation.
The very successful and well patronized event was addressed by DAPD President, Mrs. Irma Raymond-Joseph, as well. A video of this presentation is featured below, together with a slideshow of the highlights of this milestone event.
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