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Elton Georges honoured as ‘stalwart’ in disaster management

The Department of Disaster Management (DDM) has honoured Mr Elton Georges, CMG, OBE as a stalwart in disaster management in the Virgin Islands (VI). In photo he is flanked by Deputy Director Ms Evangeline Inniss, DDM Director Ms. Sharleen S. DaBreo, Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Honourable D Orlando Smith and Deputy Governor Mrs V. Inez Archibald. Photo: VINO
Mr Georges will say goodbye to the Office of the Complaints Commissioner when he proceeds on leave on July 1, 2015, the same day that Mrs Sheila N. Brathwaite’s appointment as the new Commissioner takes effect. Photo: VINO/File
Mr Georges will say goodbye to the Office of the Complaints Commissioner when he proceeds on leave on July 1, 2015, the same day that Mrs Sheila N. Brathwaite’s appointment as the new Commissioner takes effect. Photo: VINO/File
The recognition of Mr Georges took place in the conference room of Maria's by the Sea yesterday June 25, 2015 at the meeting of the National Disaster Management Council (NDMC). Photo: VINO
The recognition of Mr Georges took place in the conference room of Maria's by the Sea yesterday June 25, 2015 at the meeting of the National Disaster Management Council (NDMC). Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – When his name was called yesterday June 25, 2015 to step forward to be honoured by the Department of Disaster Management (DDM), outgoing Complaints Commissioner Mr Elton Georges, CMG, OBE took almost thirty seconds before he could have lifted a foot to leave his seat.

“Why you guys do this to me?” he said as he was pleasantly surprised at the adulation showered on him being deemed a ‘stalwart’ in disaster management in the Virgin Islands (VI).

“Mr Elton Georges is a stalwart for disaster management in the BVI and has been known to be a champion for the programme for many years. That statement will hold true under any degree of scrutiny,” Information and Education Manager at DDM Philomena N. Robertson told those gathered at yesterday’s meeting of the National Disaster Management Council (NDMC).

According to Ms Robertson, Mr Georges witnessed the evolution of disaster management in the VI, from its origin as far back as the 1970s, and was instrumental in forming the Office of Disaster Preparedness which has grown into what is known now as the Department of Disaster Management. It was under his tutelage, Robertson added, that the current director gained experience in the industry.

It was stated that although he’s no longer involved in the day to day operation of the DDM, Mr Georges is a reliable source they can always turn to and one who is quick to advise or admonish when necessary. 

“The accreditation achievement could not have been possible without the foundation that was laid many years ago and the careful steps taken in building a resilient programme and ensuring careful documentation of plans and processes,” said Ms Robertson.

Meanwhile, Mr Georges will say goodbye to the Office of the Complaints Commissioner when he proceeds on leave on July 1, 2015, the same day that Mrs Sheila N. Brathwaite’s appointment as the new Commissioner takes effect.

8 Responses to “Elton Georges honoured as ‘stalwart’ in disaster management”

  • ccc (26/06/2015, 09:18) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    Thank you mr georges
  • Wonderful (26/06/2015, 09:57) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Thank you Mr. Georges I to want to give you your flowers.
  • only bigshots are recognized (26/06/2015, 10:10) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    what about the backhoe drivers that does be out thru the storms clearing the roads??? what about the BVIEC workers that does be out in the rain hooking up downed cables???
    • @ only bigshots are recognized (26/06/2015, 11:11) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      the same NDP who you voted for has built a class system...
  • Kudos to you! (26/06/2015, 10:10) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is a well deserved award! Take good care Mr. Georges!!!
  • pat (26/06/2015, 11:06) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    congratulations. And moreso as complaints commissioner. Too bad government ministers didn't take the position and their responsibility seriously to help resolve more problems. You were whistling in the dark.
  • Scary Mary (26/06/2015, 13:05) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Well earned and well deserved Mr. Georges. Recognition for your dedication and years of service over the many, many years has been a long time coming. Thank you for all you have done to help make our Dept. of Disaster Management one of the best in the Caribbean.
  • ABC (26/06/2015, 23:49) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    I would also like to congratulate Mr. Georges for his many years of service. However, I must confess that I am some what uneasy with his replacement as Complaint Commissioner for many reasons.


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