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Hon Ingrid A. Moses wants to mentor youth in ‘life after HoA’

- said she had to grow a ‘tough skin’ after taking Speaker of the House job
Speaker of the House of Assembly, Hon Ingrid A. Moses has a passion for mentoring youth. Photo: VINO/File
Hon Ingrid A. Moses is the youngest Speaker of the House of Assembly of the Virgin Islands. Photo: VINO/File
Hon Ingrid A. Moses is the youngest Speaker of the House of Assembly of the Virgin Islands. Photo: VINO/File
Host of the popular local television show on CBN Channel 51, Real Talk, Karia J. Christopher. Photo: Facebook
Host of the popular local television show on CBN Channel 51, Real Talk, Karia J. Christopher. Photo: Facebook
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Honourable Ingrid A. Moses is the youngest person in the Virgin Islands to hold the position of Speaker of the House of Assembly; however, she has no intention holding on to the position for another eight years as she wants to live her dreams, part of which is to invest quality time mentoring the youth.

Honourable Moses was the 6th guest of Karia J. Christopher’s television talk show ‘Real Talk’- Virgin Islands 10 most influential women, aired on CBN Channel 51 on January 24, 2017.

Pushed into the spotlight

Hon Moses described herself as a confident people’s person, who grew up in a God-fearing home with most of her activities being one saturated with only church and school, and while she did absolutely no physical travelling to other countries as a child she had a mental tour through the reading of books.

She said she was pushed into the spotlight when she accepted the appointment as speaker of the House of Assembly at a very young age and that it was a job that affected her personality as she had to develop “tough skin” to demand the respect that comes with the role she plays in the House of Assembly.

Predecessors plateau

Hon Moses noted that most former politicians plateau when in retirement, especially those who served as Speaker of the House, and this is because they would have taken on the position at an elderly age.

“By the time you come out, you over 65. After you would have had to deal with all the stress, and I empathise with all of the members honestly because it takes a special person to do that because people don’t see a lot of what they have to go through on a day to day basis,” noted the Speaker.

She further added, “I tell them a lot of the times I don’t know how you all do it because people can be very ungrateful. They try to do their very best that they can to help and the one time they aren’t able to help then they forget everything good that you did for them. It happens to us in our personal lives as well.”


Being the Speaker of the House was never on her cards in her life planning but among the things she had planned is to be a presence in the lives of youth. “I have a passion for young persons, young men and young women in the community and it’s actually more than a passion.”

“It breaks my heart to see what is actually happening every day in our society and I think we have to go back to basics as a society, as a community, as a family, as a church…it’s totally different from now. We had the benefit of having not only our family members and our parents raising us, we had the entire village.”

Hon Moses posited that in order to effectively impact the lives of today’s youth, the traditional/old time ways cannot be applied. “Traditional is an interesting word. The generation now I believe that you cannot use or employ the same methods in the same way to this generation but the foundation is still there.”

“I believe in the church … the interesting thing is that the foundation that you got there, believe it or not, as you get older that very foundation you fall back on.”

She said it is her belief in giving children a choice, “At the end of the day children need structure.”

In power for infinity!

Giving her personal view, Mrs Christopher expressed that politicians should not be in power positions for eternity but a limit should be put on the time they serve, a view her guest totally agreed with. “I absolutely agree with term limits. I think they should have term limits. You have to save people from themselves,” said Hon Moses.

The Speaker added, “I think people go into politics genuinely good people but it’s the same constituents who make those people who they are because they never get enough. You always want, want, want, want.”

Christopher alluded to the fact that while the Speaker recognises the need for term limits in power positions, as well as the man in the street, persons in positions of power do not seem to recognise this. “Power is infectious, it’s almost like crack, not that I ever had crack (cocaine) but it’s addictive.”

Passion for young people

“There is a lot I want to do with them (young people). I mentored some of them already but I do believe that there is a lot more that we can do, that I can do and I intend to do it,” Hon Moses further emphasised.

She noted that while there is a group for young men, M.A.L.E, there is none for young women. “The young people are hurting, they are hurting and we need to listen to what it is they are saying.”

Hon Moses added that there is something that happens to youth during the transformation from elementary to high school stage. “They start showing certain signs and then they get lost in the system. Then we have to ask ourselves, those children weren’t always that way, what caused that? And I think all of us need to step out.”

It was highlighted that many children are angry at either their parents, their circumstances, what’s happening in their community and they have no other outlet to vent.

23 Responses to “Hon Ingrid A. Moses wants to mentor youth in ‘life after HoA’”

  • NPolitico (25/01/2017, 10:14) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
    On the one hand, I applaud the Speaker for her desire to give back to the society, to show some social responsibility. But on the other hand, to effectively mentor one must live by example. The Speaker should be neutral but too often she was too partisan. One cannot say hate the Speaker or like the Speaker the common thread is that she is fair. BVI Speakers are too partisan. The Speaker of House should not be appointed by neither the government not the opposition but rather a neutral third party. And the Speaker must be fair and equitably in conducting business in then HOA.
  • want to know (25/01/2017, 10:14) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Was she really the youngest Speaker in the Virgin Islands? I know of another Speaker who was 37 when he was appointed to that post. The youth must also have their history correct. Please confirm.
  • chad (25/01/2017, 10:14) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    I actually like Ingrid because of this show. Wow, like it or not the Christopher lady has the skills to make everyone relaxed and speak their truth in TV.
  • 2% (25/01/2017, 10:21) Like (9) Dislike (10) Reply
    "Hon Moses described herself as a confident people’s person, who grew up in a God-fearing home with most of her activities being one saturated with only church and school,. .... "

    Many who grew up in God-fearing homes are worst than those who didn't.
  • vip (25/01/2017, 10:42) Like (11) Dislike (8) Reply
    one of the most bias speakers do not want to hear a thing from she
  • Agree/Disagree (25/01/2017, 10:44) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    I agree:
    1. Some people, if not most, are very ungrateful. You perform a 100 activities, pass 99.57% (fail by a fraction) and they would destroy you to the bone whilst at the same time should you try to retaliate, they beg for mercy.
    2. We have to go back to the basics
    3. “I believe in the church…that very foundation you fall back on.” But some don’t fall back on the church because darkness can’t stand light.

    I disagree:
    1. “You have to save people from themselves.” Nobody can save another if that other don’t want to save himself. Apparently not even Jesus could have saved Judas. You can only speak the truth for them to accept it or reject it.
    2. “I think people go into politics genuinely good people but…want, want, want.” See 1 above – humans can’t make other humans do what they don’t want to do. It is GREED that causes a man to change what the good principles he stood for.

    • John (25/01/2017, 11:50) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
      To fall back on the church requires humility, a human quality that is priceless. It is difficult, if not impossible, for people who are puffed up with pride to go to God or to return to God.
  • uvi (25/01/2017, 10:48) Like (4) Dislike (8) Reply
    As an educator I am really impressed with this article.
    Well said Ingrid Moses.
  • Really (25/01/2017, 10:55) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    Is this woman really speaking the truth I don't think so the truth does be staring her right in her face when she and cronies in the HOA . And now she plan to mentor children start from now so they can look up to you and say justice was serve in the HOA. When we hear these unjust people come in the news talking like this and doing the opposite in the work place how you expect children to do better.
  • VG I from (25/01/2017, 10:59) Like (6) Dislike (8) Reply
    Ingrid u will always be my girl
    Honest,sincere,pure,& now a shining light for our disparage youth,God blessings to u Ingrid keep the candle burning
  • Farce! (25/01/2017, 10:59) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    Yawn.....I hope this is sincere!
  • vi (25/01/2017, 11:18) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
    Sorry. I don't see her as a people person. She seems "stuck up"to me
    • Just My Two Cents (25/01/2017, 12:45) Like (1) Dislike (12) Reply
      From experience I can tell you she is not stuck up. She is friendly, down to earth and easy to talk too. She can be sometish at time but never stuck-up
  • Truth (25/01/2017, 11:40) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    Example set example follow!! Live clean and pure lives and the youths will adapt. You cannot be just using words and not living the life. There is no half stepping. You either have be all the way in or all the way out. The Bible said you have to be "hot or cold." He will spite you out if you are luke warm.
    • Keepoffshe (25/01/2017, 13:53) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
      Who had write that piece in the Bible that say "you have to be hot or cold or he will spite you out if you lukewarm?" You had see that in the Bible? You don't know from Adam who put that in the Bible, but you ready to adapt it to start to judge Hon. Speaker? Her words were echoed from her own mouth; she indicated what she would like to do but people busy trying to cut down the woman. Hon. Madam Speaker, you know from whence you came, and you and whoever or whatever plant the dictates for one's future will guide you. Hold true to your beliefs and the light in you will shine through. You have done well as Speaker, because often even men do not want to respect women in politics because they think it is a man's world. The table has turned now, more and more women will be turning to politics in the future and questioning the woman's judgment and leadership ability will be a thing of the past. Remember Sankofa, look behind and see which person you can help along because he or she needs a chance and guidance. Reach out your hand, Ingrid, and show someone a path. He or she will praise and bless you for it in time. You are on the right path. Do not be swayed by vain babble.
  • 2 Ears 1 Mouth (25/01/2017, 18:38) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Who up next on ‘Real Talk’- Virgin Islands 10 most influential women - better don't make herself a poppy show. Listen twice before you shout.
  • Mr.P (25/01/2017, 20:26) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    I wish she would just show up to the HOA in red and white or pledge allegiance to NDP before every sitting.
  • rattie (26/01/2017, 07:20) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    She spoil herself following the ndp
  • KM (26/01/2017, 08:20) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    Ingrid has been one of my best boss in Barclays as she looked out for the local to make sure you were treated fairly. While in management it is not everything that they do you will agree with but she has been one of the realist mangers I have ever encountered for over my twenty years of employment.

    She is a people person, when making decision she is honest whether you agree or disagree, she is humble, she is kind and she is loving.

    We become a greedy people in the Virgin Islands that we don't see the positive in people. All has sinned and fall short of the glory of God. So who are you negative people to judge.

    Ingrid continue to trust in God for he has the answer to every situation. I myself have went wayward and had to come back to the principle of the lord. If you don't go through things, how will you be a testimony and help someone in a similar situation.

    The Virgin Islands mentality has gone to the dogs that is why our children are now suffering. Stop blaming the different government and blame ourselves. When we awake then here will be a better place.

    Ingrid continue being you and pray for those who trying to tarnish your Integrity

  • tola (26/01/2017, 10:20) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    If You All Don't Know The Woman Stop Judging her. Ingrid is sweet heart and down to earth .
  • blah (26/01/2017, 12:55) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    She might be sweet in person I can't argue about that but what nobody can deny is that when in the HOA it does not seem that she uses the same discretion with the opposition as she does with the NDP.

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