World Social Work Day Celebrations a Success

Friday, March 21, 2014 4:44 PM- St. George's, Grenada
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ST. GEORGE’S, GRENADA, March 20, 2014 – GIS: For the first time ever the Division of Social Services of Ministry of Social Development and Housing joined in the universal observance of World Social Work Day on March 18, 2014.

The Division commemorated the day with a series of activities aimed at raising awareness of the social work and other services that are made available through the Ministry of Social Development and Housing.

The first observance, which took place in the community of Victoria, St. Mark, was deemed a success by Ministry officials.

“It was a great success,” said Chief Social Development Officer, Yvonne DaBreo, one day after the event. “Everything went on as planned, and I was particularly impressed with the number and diversity of persons who supported the event.”

Celebrated under the theme “Social and Economic Crises – Social Work Solution”, the day’s proceeding began with an opening ceremony at the Alston George Park Pavilion, which saw the attendance of over one hundred persons. That segment focused on the valuable contribution of social work to Grenadian society.

Other activities included a health and information fair, sensitization walks throughout the town of Victoria and surrounding communities, delivery of school supplies to the Bonair Government and the Samaritan Presbyterian Schools and a visit to the Charles Memorial Home, where the team donated fresh produce and assisted in feeding some of the residents.

“It was all about going out there and telling people about social work and social services in word and action. It was about interacting with the people, creating awareness and making an impact,” Mrs. DaBreo said.

The day culminated with a public forum at the Bonair Government School, which was attended by over 60 community members, including Parliamentary Representative for the Parish of St. Mark, the Hon. Clarice Modeste. The topics up for discussion were the value of youth, sustainable living, primary health care services, parenting skills and health and wellness practices.

“It was very encouraging to see people come out on a weekday to listen to the presentations and to air their views and concerns,” the Social Development Officer said.

Also in attendance was Senator, the Hon. Brenda Hood, who acting in the capacity of Minister for Social Development and Housing in the absence of Minister, the Hon. Delma Thomas who is out of State on Government business.

The event was made possible through the sponsorship of LIME, the Marketing and National Importing Board (MNIB), the National Lotteries Authority (NLA), De Graps Restaurant, Fletcher’s Supermarket, Budget Marine, DJ Danny D, Grenada Postal Corporation and the St. Mark’s Development Committee.

According to Mrs. DaBreo, this will not be an isolated event.

“This is just the ‘opener’. We are going to proceed in having this on an annual basis in different communities in Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique. As a matter of fact, we are going to start very early, in terms of planning for next year’s observance.”




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