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FSN’s Dr Sylvia M. Simmons Out! Resigns abruptly for ‘personal reasons’

Executive Director of Family Support Network (FSN) Dr Sylvia M. Simmons has resigned ‘for personal reasons’, the non-governmental organisation announced today, March 2, 2018. Photo: VINO/File
Chairwoman of the Board of Directors of Family Support Network (FSN) Ms Judith M. Charles, speaking exclusively to our newsroom, stated that Dr Sylvia M. Simmons played a very important role at FSN and thanked her for her service. Photo: VINO/File
Chairwoman of the Board of Directors of Family Support Network (FSN) Ms Judith M. Charles, speaking exclusively to our newsroom, stated that Dr Sylvia M. Simmons played a very important role at FSN and thanked her for her service. Photo: VINO/File
Dr Sylvia M. Simmons was at the helm as the Executive Director of the FSN for about four years. Photo: Facebook
Dr Sylvia M. Simmons was at the helm as the Executive Director of the FSN for about four years. Photo: Facebook
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The Family Support Network (FSN) announced today March 2, 2018 that its Executive Director Dr Sylvia M. Simmons resigned “for personal reasons.”

It is our news site’s understanding that she tendered her resignation on Wednesday February 28, 2018.

Speaking exclusively to our newsroom, the Chairwoman of the Board of Directors, Ms Judith M. Charles said that “while at the FSN, Dr Simmons spearheaded a host of important components to how the organisation functioned in the last several years.”

The longtime Chairman also praised Dr Simmons for her work while at the Non-Governmental and nonprofit  Agency, in helping battered and abused persons who suffered from domestic violence.

“Counselling, while offered prior to Dr Simmons’ years, was increased by the numbers of cases being referred by the courts” the statement said. 

Active in the courts

According to Ms Charles “Dr Simmons also spearheaded the Court Advocacy Service which provides accompaniment for victims in the High Court to foster support and direct assistance in obtaining Protective Orders and linkage to other needed resources. Victim Advocacy Court Support services are also offered for victims of domestic violence who have been summoned to give evidence as a victim/witness in domestic violence-related court proceedings.”

The FSN Board Chairwoman, speaking on the regrettable resignation said “Dr Simmons has done counselling sessions in Anegada and Virgin Gorda, which were well received.” 

The statement concluded by saying “the Board and staff of the FSN wish Dr Simmons all the best in the next chapter of her life and in her personal endeavours.”

Dr Simmons has been at the helm as the Executive Director of the FSN for about four years.

23 Responses to “FSN’s Dr Sylvia M. Simmons Out! Resigns abruptly for ‘personal reasons’”

  • ... (02/03/2018, 20:16) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    Wow more in mata
    • satya (12/03/2018, 08:45) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply

      An old lady must go home and repent for all the families they have hurt.and separated. God placed them in a position to be of help but they have abused their powers and taken advantage of people who couldn't help themselves. Why were they so personal ? They was of no help; They have destroyed my family.dear family saver. How do people like them folks get so far and with praise too. I am sure it's more in the mata. Rest assure more to come... keep the best for last.

  • Pato (02/03/2018, 22:43) Like (24) Dislike (4) Reply
    They frustrated the lady, no one in authority cared. Just a blah blah blah from government and no action. She will be greatly missed. What a Shame.
    • Truth Sayer (03/03/2018, 06:54) Like (8) Dislike (5) Reply
      @ Pato

      What does Ms. Simmons resignation have to do with Government? The organization was not run by it. It was non-governmental organization which the Government only assisted. Stop blaming Government for everything that goes wrong in this country. Let us accept our own faults when we are wrong. That is the real reason that we have so many problems in this country.
      • good (03/03/2018, 11:47) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
        This is so true . everything we blame government n never take responsibility for our own actions.
      • wize up (04/03/2018, 09:53) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
        @ truth sayer: same way government can spend millions and millions of your tax money building beaches and purchasing aero planes to enhance the visitor’s experience why can’t the same government assist its own people because some the same people elected them( I clearly understand that government can’t do it all but good government have good priorities) the people who reside in this territory/the tax payers should be top priority when it come to government spending.....nothing personal
    • At (03/03/2018, 11:34) Like (5) Dislike (4) Reply
      She would be perfect to run the Department of Gender Affairs
  • insider (02/03/2018, 23:59) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
    She Did her best but her time was up
  • wow (03/03/2018, 00:04) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    Who will counsel the counselor
  • One out one in (03/03/2018, 00:24) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    No one should ever thing where ever they may be or what ever position you are placed it is for eternity. It is always better to search your heart and mind and ask you self is it worth it our risk your health and well being or just get to hell out and be at peace with yourself and your God.It is better to have high blood pressure over your family affairs or yourself than for others and in the end they are the same ones gonna be your greatest judge of all things bad rather than good even if you die for them.Thanks for the contribution that you have made and best of luck in your future endeavour.Just be you
  • Sad day!` (03/03/2018, 06:04) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
    So sorry to hear this. Dr. Simmons was a great asset to FSN. She will be greatly missed.
  • Charley Rose (03/03/2018, 08:19) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    It is a very sad to see Dr Simmons go from the FSN organization having done such a good job. One should not bury their head in the sand. Dr Simmons has been complaining for years about lack of support for the FSN and no one listened to her. She became a dignified begger for the organisation.

    Now that she has left there will be a vacuum and more social problems for the Social Development department. I hope that the government will implement programmes to cushion the effects of her departure especially after the hurricanes last year. While the government is trying to restore the infrastructure, the social problems are tremendous.

    Unemployment and unavailability decent living environment are affecting many individuals and no solution is fort coming. I do hope the Social Development department is prepare for the increase in social problems. Lets wait and see.
  • profit (03/03/2018, 10:24) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Profits made . or non anymore
  • ............................. (03/03/2018, 12:55) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    She has a PhD she should be ok
    • Credibility (04/03/2018, 14:14) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
      PhD in social work and practicing psychology with no confidentiality.
  • Donor (03/03/2018, 21:42) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    We demand the truth as to why she resigned or was forced out
  • Well (03/03/2018, 23:30) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ask her!
  • board (04/03/2018, 11:07) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Wish her well alright
  • reason (06/03/2018, 15:16) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Dr. Simmonds where ever you go, know this that you have made an impact on alot of your clients and if it was not for you and your team going beyond, which the social development should have been doing. It was because of your leadership at FSN where alot us could have come and receive aid, when you would go to Social Development there you have to go thru so much red tapes.
    Thank you Dr. Simmonds.


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