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Local Janette N. Brin Out! Jamaican Damian C. Grange In! @ Pageant Committee

- After months of infighting over the sharing of power, the role of co-chairs & Local vs Expats, Ms Brin was forced to quit
Ms Janette N. Brin (right) has resigned as co-chair of the newly formed Miss BVI Pageant Committee. She was co-chairing with Mr Damian C. Grange (left). Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Many in the tax payers funded BVI Festival and Fairs Sub-committee for the Miss British Virgin Islands Pageant believed the merger could not work.

It was a few weeks ago that Government, through a festival committee press release, announced the merger of three franchises in the Territory---the Miss World BVI, Miss Universe BVI and the Miss British Virgin Islands Pageant.

In the announcement, it was said that Ms Janette N. Brin, of the Miss BVI Committee, will co-chair the newly formed organisation with Mr Damian C. Grange of the Miss World BVI.

However, our newsroom sources in the committee advised us that there was confusion from the beginning of the merger, reportedly over power, respect and who wants who to do what.

Brin & Grange fought for power

The infighting reached a climax yesterday June 9, 2017 with the departure of indigenous Virgin Islander Janette N. Brin, the granddaughter of Ira L. Smith, and her letter of resignation was sent to selective media houses.

According to the same source, there were reportedly only about three girls willing to run for Miss BVI under Brin before the merger and some 5 girls with Mr Grange's Miss World Franchise. Some thought it would have been embarrassing that the Miss BVI Show was on the verge of cancellation because of lack of girls.

Hence, to save face, the merger came and resulted in up to seven girls being available and willing to run under the new joint effort.

From the get go, according to a committee member with knowledge of the situation, there was a power struggle as to who the young ladies were to listen to, as Mr Grange wanted to use his own people, mostly males, for training and other coordination efforts.

One of the trainers for the girls who came with Ms Brin also resigned over allegedly not being respected.

In addition, it was said and confirmed that Ms Brin had issues with Mr Grange being an expat heading up a committee dealing with Virgin Islands culture. The Minister for Education and Culture Hon Myron V. Walwyn (AL) endorsed Grange and did not see it as an issue like cultural icon Ms Eileene L. Parsons OBE did, according to what was implied in Ms Brin’s resignation notice.

Jamdown run things not locals?

In her letter of resignation, Ms Brin stated that "the pageant is our pride, heritage and part of the fabric of VI culture; one of our most prestigious events that must at all times be preserved as it is our legacy. In speaking to early and more current queens along with senior Virgin Islanders such as Ms Eileene L. Parsons, the preservation of our legacy is and forever will be important in our advancement. This pageant is one of the many avenues to instill this sense of pride in our young women," Brin said.

As the nasty fight continued, Ms Brin is said to have found little support from either the Minister or the Committee and told the public "unfortunately, these views weren’t fully shared or supported and hence, I have decided to resign from the VI Festival & Fairs Committee.”

While Mr Grange, a Jamaican national living in the Virgin Islands for a number of years and whose immigration status is unknown to our newsroom as he holds a public sector job, Brin made it clear that the continued advancement of the pageant should be led by a Virgin Islander, adding “it ensures that Virgin Islands Pride is upheld and the overall integrity of the pageant is not compromised".

And, according to well-placed sources, Brin's decision to resign followed an emergency meeting of the committee recently where the main focus was addressing concerns raised about an alleged public outburst by Brin where it was alleged she “embarrassed Grange” by raising her voice at him in the presence of pageant contestants and other persons, including committee members.

She reportedly apologised to Mr Grange at the meeting but subsequently resigned. Hon Walwyn, the Minister for Culture, was reportedly at that meeting.

It is reported that Hon Walwyn has accepted Brin's resignation and Alicia Hamm, a Virgin Islander, is expected to be appointed as co-chair, replacing Brin.

84 Responses to “Local Janette N. Brin Out! Jamaican Damian C. Grange In! @ Pageant Committee”

  • i from here (10/06/2017, 08:28) Like (21) Dislike (2) Reply
    Well may bouy vino i knew you will have the real story behind the news
  • wize up (10/06/2017, 08:33) Like (18) Dislike (17) Reply
    Can we expect more Jajacian artist infiltrating a british Virgin Islands hestorical event(I am just asking the question) 2 what is left of the VI to do in this VI territory(just asking)...on one hand we have the UK infiltrating certain key posts; now the infection is spreading to the cultural aspect of the VI(just questions)...last question which ; which belonger can leave this place travel to another carbbeean islan and getting their cilutraln affairs ( as a belonged you are free travel on LIAT or BWIA enjoy the festival then head back BVI)...I guest the new chap is one of the boy,,,,,
    • ... (10/06/2017, 09:22) Like (4) Dislike (9) Reply
      *rolls eyes*
      • qc (10/06/2017, 13:15) Like (11) Dislike (9) Reply
        I wonder if JB will resign from the arbitration center also as many non B. V. Islander running there!!!!!
    • Dog Dead Now (10/06/2017, 10:50) Like (30) Dislike (12) Reply
      We have been fully infiltrated and completely taken over now. Nothing else for us to do now but to hand over all our lands and keys to the country. We have no one else to blame but ourselves. We elected a bunch of self-serving politicians who are but a reflection of us, and because of greed and badmindedness, we are now - officially- minority in our own country. Their is no turning back now. There are only 2 choices: continue to be godfearing, peaceful, jellybeans we are and allow a free for all, or make a stand for who we are as a people and take back what is authentically ours. Sleeping Giants, it is time to mobilize. Nuff Talk and Time for Action.

      • choice (10/06/2017, 11:58) Like (5) Dislike (11) Reply
        @dog Dead Now. Hush! We here and we going nowhere, bend, pant, belt and buckles.
      • @Dog Dead Now (10/06/2017, 14:59) Like (3) Dislike (6) Reply
        Dog done dead. When the Brits start digging, they will bury it.
  • vex (10/06/2017, 08:42) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
  • SMH (10/06/2017, 08:55) Like (27) Dislike (5) Reply
    I am not surprised. The Minister love Sugar Cane.
  • Lawdy... (10/06/2017, 08:56) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    Too much drama in this little place.
    • Lord o (10/06/2017, 09:33) Like (13) Dislike (18) Reply
      Don't care where a person is from, if you are apart of it and you are best person for the job then let it the end its about results...I'm sure this was a voting decision a Democratic process.. Time to make and move-on.
      • soulfood (10/06/2017, 15:59) Like (17) Dislike (16) Reply
        It does not matter where the person is form as long as they can make valuable contributions to the society. You cannot forget the contributions made by so called expatriates have Made in the following areas ,without recognition.
        1 Teaching
        3 Care of the elderly
        4 Landscapieing
        5 Health care in generally
        6 law enforcement
        7 Street cleaning
        I can go on and on , while many who are comp
    • CDD (12/06/2017, 11:48) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Myron again.....He need to pack up and leave...he always in some Drama
  • insider (10/06/2017, 09:04) Like (28) Dislike (8) Reply
    she could have never survived with all them A man one place
  • oh (10/06/2017, 09:05) Like (31) Dislike (27) Reply

    Not because a local heads something means it will represent VI Heritage or be run properly. That is such a stupid way to look at things! Thr question is why only 3 girls were willing to run with Brin there? So we rather the show be cancelled in the name of a BVIslander %^&* things up than to actually have the show? Damian is a good dude and Im sure he has locals on his team helping. This is all just self serving and embarrassing as hell for our Territory.

    • zeo (10/06/2017, 13:05) Like (20) Dislike (9) Reply
      I agree with the stance that Janette has taken. It is more about standing up for your own heritage and culture. BAM
    • think (10/06/2017, 19:32) Like (6) Dislike (6) Reply
      Why aren't we questioning why our young ladies aren't willing to run? Many of our young ladies are fearful of the intellectual aspect of Miss British Virgin Islands Islands, which is sad.
    • @oh (11/06/2017, 17:55) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      You don't know what you are talking about. We have had shows with only 4 girls years before Damian set his eyes on Tortola. And years before Brin was ever thought to be chair. Mind she was asked to chair and not the other way around. The show was never going to be cancelled. You need to ask Damien why he needed to ask the Minister to please have him merger... People think about it. How many successful shows has Damien ever had. And look at this fact.. Miss BVI will always happen even if there is only 3 girls a show will happen because its a Festival event and the funds will be there to put on a show.
  • just asking? (10/06/2017, 09:20) Like (128) Dislike (12) Reply
    Can a BVIlander be put in charge of any cultural organization in Jamaica?
    • Me (10/06/2017, 09:38) Like (26) Dislike (41) Reply
      Of course they can, such a stupid comment. BVI people too narrow minded and insecure. Have confidence in the expertise that Damian brings and don't feel threaten. Learn as much as you can. Do you think he will mess it up. No way as he has his reputation to protect. Some locals do not care only that they born here so they must be in charge. Sad sad sad
    • Exactly (10/06/2017, 10:48) Like (33) Dislike (9) Reply
      In not questioning the guy's competence or anything like that. I've been to Jamaica several times and I don't see his face on no landmark poster at any port of entry or official building or site. I also don't see the face of any other nationality on those posters. Why on earth is this guys face on our cruise pier? Yes I too have lived abroad in several countries where I have both studied and worked and while in those countries I contribute in what ways I can and when the time came for me to leave, I left saying thank you and I return to my home in BVI. He and hia boys arenot the only deciding factor in pageantland
      • ire (10/06/2017, 11:17) Like (21) Dislike (24) Reply

        His face there because he pays taxes here, he commits endless of his personal time doing charitable things for the BIG and not Jamaica because here is where he lives and work... he has several bank accounts here not in Jamaica. He has a heart for community which many so-called "BORN HERE" fail to exhibit and I can giving and on.. fool if you can do what He is doing or better the way is clear go do it and prove yourself.... the festival committee begs for voluntèers so much and ppl like just sit your backside in the shadows and run your mouth rather than stepping forward and making a contribution.... shut the hell up n come kiss my backside... fed up of u ppl with your shot.. .. that's why the governor got to do as he is doing cause tell too fing small minded.. few from here got really love for bvi and show it.. go you r***ole n sit down....

      • country above self (10/06/2017, 22:35) Like (6) Dislike (3) Reply
        Who manages the pier park? One BVI is what we promote on one end of our mouth while arguing whose nationality is more important for paying taxes, getting jobs, opening new and innovative businesses, representing the BVI internationally in sports, entertainment or academics. We expect residents who were not born in the BVI to put country above self and when they do, we find a reason to be mad.

        If the chair of the Ms. BVI pageant was putting country above self, that show would have been executed independently without others being blamed, because the pride of continuing a BVI cultural tradition without crippling dependence on non-indigenous contributors would have ensured the show's success.
    • Bandit (10/06/2017, 12:52) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
      Competition too stiff-sorry
    • lmao (10/06/2017, 17:25) Like (17) Dislike (7) Reply
      Ms BVI Committee is a cultural organization? Its a damn beauty pageant! You acting like he took Luce job. Ita a committee dealing with a pageant. I am surr if there was a BVI person living abroad for 15yrs and made contacts with the right people, have something to offer and add to the event, they too wouldve gotten it. You all sound STUPID asking if a BVIslander could do this or that elsewhere. So you are saying all BVIslanders overseas are in jail or pumping gas? We have fellow countrymen GLOBALLY doing big things and not being labelled as a Tolian but rather as competent.
    • 2cents (11/06/2017, 00:27) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      Possible based on qualifications and or experience. We should all waste time and investigate. Better yet cancel the show until we know for sure. PS. If they can teach your children, nurse your parent,defend and or protect your mates they should be able to head a beauty pages. Mr. D for serious? I wish they worked it out quietly. It is only fair if BVI lander is able they should be given the chance but if they stop progress then by all means get help the show must go on!
  • Fam (10/06/2017, 09:24) Like (41) Dislike (11) Reply
    Janet I understand and support you 100 percent!
    • Expat 69 (10/06/2017, 14:25) Like (4) Dislike (20) Reply
      @Fam and Dog Dead Now: get over y'all selves.
    • Local (10/06/2017, 15:27) Like (18) Dislike (4) Reply

      The minister cause this mess he need to get his act together when he is dealing with the BVI culture what he do not fully understand. MR MINISTER let me tell your ball a// some thing our festival is not miss world thing. Please go back from the time the two churches use to run the festival . Now you come with your sh*t and push it under the bus you are a disgrace to our culture. I save the best for another time.

  • long look me come from (10/06/2017, 09:29) Like (57) Dislike (5) Reply
    She is corrected it should be headed by a BVI person
  • Street reporter (10/06/2017, 09:56) Like (19) Dislike (11) Reply
    Jamaican and Guyanese always want to me in charge and nothing more selfish and lie than them..
    • Pissed (10/06/2017, 11:22) Like (16) Dislike (21) Reply

      JAMAICAN AND GUYANESE got balls and know how that you don't have. Maybe you need to go live for a while in one those country and you will See what's true love for country is.. "Love for everyone - no matter where you come from" that's Jamaica and Guyana for you. That's why we can go anywhere in the world and make an impact ...tek dah

      • @pissed (13/06/2017, 00:23) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        Wherever you slither to, crime rate goes up and always getting kicked out of countries as deportees You are a curse wherever you go. Your country does not want you .You don't want your country. Jus a misfit and an embarrassing burden.
    • poor thing (14/06/2017, 00:58) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Street reporter, do get well soon.
  • @just asking (10/06/2017, 10:21) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    NEVER in ur wildest dreams
  • Locals were never in (10/06/2017, 11:02) Like (12) Dislike (5) Reply
    The island man run things just ask mark myron archie lorna and the rich white guys on the cays
    • @ locals were never in (10/06/2017, 13:10) Like (9) Dislike (9) Reply
      This wasnot a matter of local this or that, the man owns his franchise and agreed to merge.
  • soo (10/06/2017, 11:20) Like (27) Dislike (2) Reply
    So why did they agree to merge Ms BVI with Mrs WORLD BVI knowing that the Jamaican boy owns that franchise? All of this over a queen show? Imagine if we were so concerned about crime, health and education as we are about a stupid beauty contest and who runs it?
    • tola (10/06/2017, 13:53) Like (4) Dislike (10) Reply
      Why or we even cussing about a post it's don't really matter where he from or not once he can get the job done that OK why is BVI people's mind or do dirty the guy living hear an pay in tax so why is it a problem some a we BVI islands cannot do the job an before ayo get out an give somebody else who can do it ayo talking bull ....yes dioma I know you will get the job done well BVI people's quick to point fingers an island people's and who theft an lies like ayo yea dioma don't mind the talk keep your head high we all with you
  • ndp have to go (10/06/2017, 12:44) Like (22) Dislike (4) Reply

    all the business will be going uni now . this is a ndp decision

  • facts man (10/06/2017, 12:59) Like (21) Dislike (3) Reply
    The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Culture is Jamaican, the minister form Antigua what the else you expect????? ayo need to go smell the bush tea
  • 911 (10/06/2017, 13:03) Like (15) Dislike (2) Reply
    I respect Ms. Brin for being diplomatic and courteous but I going be blunt.

    Its unfortunate that the Co Chair-woman, a local allowed the expat co-chair to seemingly run her from this committee. ONLY IN THE BVI
  • rattie (10/06/2017, 13:06) Like (10) Dislike (10) Reply
    Why only 3 girls wanted to run under her leadership? That says ALOT!
  • Truth (10/06/2017, 13:14) Like (30) Dislike (5) Reply
    This thing goes much deeper than is being reported by VINO.

    Janette and her committee which includes at least 3 former Miss BVIs were sidelined and exiled in favor of bunch of men with links to the Minister. We will not say what all those men have in common

    It’s not just a question of one person being a island man but a referendum on BVIslanders wanted to lead this important cultural celebration.

    Current political dynamics suggest the Minister is the real problem he cares little about locals just his xpat male friends
  • Lord have mercy (10/06/2017, 15:38) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    How did we come to this? "Forgive us Lord, For we don't know what we do."
  • Who To Blame? (10/06/2017, 15:44) Like (20) Dislike (1) Reply
    It's NDP and funny man fault.
  • Unisex (10/06/2017, 15:54) Like (19) Dislike (0) Reply
    Everything funny man involved in is toxic and full of drama.
  • Our votes matter (10/06/2017, 16:10) Like (31) Dislike (2) Reply
    Just look how we have allowed myron to make a mockery of everything sacred in our country.
  • Head up! (10/06/2017, 16:49) Like (25) Dislike (2) Reply
    Luce, stay prayed up. Pinky/funny man and the rest of the NDP gang might be after you again this year to break you too. Stay strong and don't buckle, regardless.
  • BVIslanders Out! (10/06/2017, 17:08) Like (23) Dislike (5) Reply
    Jamaicans In! Well Sah! Something is seriously wrong with this picture. What's next...?
  • @Heads up! (10/06/2017, 17:46) Like (19) Dislike (2) Reply
    She better document all and any exchange of communication with shim just incase if anything goes down, she can slam them with 91% and hold back 9% for the final reload.
    • LOL! (10/06/2017, 18:37) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
      LOL! Hahaha..."slam them with 91% and hold back 9% for final reload"...laugh out loud! This one made me stumble out my chair. You'll toooo much. Lol!!!
    • Reply (10/06/2017, 20:11) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
      Are there tapes?
  • ta ta (10/06/2017, 18:27) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
    Much hype old news
  • ausar (10/06/2017, 18:57) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    While I am a supporter of the NDP, it seems to me that since Minister Walwyn was elected, there is a slow erosion-albeit subtle- of Virgin Islander (UK) positions available in this country.

    I just can't explain it but it seems that being born here or a descendant of here is almost a misnomer- a "bad word"-so to speak.

    How did we get here?

    Is this the beginning of the end for the indigenous Virgin Islander(UK) and their place in this country?
    • shut down (11/06/2017, 08:02) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply

      Provide the committee with a local then! Jan is not the one clearly! Three contestants versus miss world six. No one want to run under her leadership after last year. Look even harder Erica versus Kaida. Every time they represent them crown Kaida shuts down the place in speech, poise and presence. Kaida just help launch the Depression support association which a part of her platform that she been speaking about since entering the pageant last year. Kaida stays in schools mentoring kids and helping out in dance activities. WA under brin leadership have Erika really done to uphold a LEGACY, HERITAGE or even stay true to her platform?? All she do is complain about not receiving support from brin. And whether brin like Erica or not as CHAIR she needed to take better care of her queen. BVI is not the only country who franchise holder or head of committee is not a native of that land and we won't be the last. Jan you shoulda leave quietly... ask any 2016 contestant, her queen Erica and 2017 contestants if you made them miserable!!!!!!!! When the crown queen goes off to represent the BVI she don't speak about committee she speaks about BVI. Never have I ever heard Erica or Kaida when they went off spoke about brin or grange in an interview or on stage!!! Because ITS NONE ISSUE! Just find another local to head it with LOCAL ALCIA HAMM if y'all that hot and bothered. But just remember the focus of this heritage and legacy y'all speak about must come thru the queen! The focus should be on the queen! She is the ambassador, the face of the country. The behind the scenes men should simply ensure that she's adequately equip in all aspects.

  • Let's be clear on this (10/06/2017, 19:20) Like (6) Dislike (7) Reply
    The country has already been taken over and you all are the last to figure that out. So sad.
  • Sigh... (10/06/2017, 20:04) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
    Do people know/understand the definition of the word "indigenous" or are we re-defining the word in the British Virgin Islands... sigh!
  • man child (10/06/2017, 20:12) Like (7) Dislike (5) Reply
    She gone so jan do not let the door hit you girlfriend
  • from the spirits (10/06/2017, 20:30) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    Obeah running strong all around. Spiritual Warfare at hand.
    • ... (10/06/2017, 21:08) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
      'Tis the cats and sun faces stick up on all the poles them about the place....hahaha
  • Spice (10/06/2017, 21:58) Like (12) Dislike (3) Reply
    I am not from here but I support what she is saying. Go around these other Caribbean Islands and I am sure you will not find so much outsiders in key position in those carnival communities. Why the B.V.I have to be different. Not because u wanna rub up shoulders and only God knows what else with the minster then they feel like they has arrived. It seems like everybody doing all kinda thing to reach the top.
    • work (11/06/2017, 07:36) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
      Work with brin and you'll see she's not the local that needs to be there she scares off contestants with her personality take a look at her most recent reigning queen versus miss world two different standards of queens. So find another local then
  • liberal (10/06/2017, 22:14) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    I have noticed our festival has been micromanaged and has dropped down and still going down hill on an express way. I can remember when Mrs. P was there she never allowed the ministry to handle the affairs of the Festival Committee. Now The Minister, Ministry of Culture and the Minister's lil work bugs are still doing bull and think their doing good for the people but in there eyes nothing more than damaging the festival celebrations.
    • So true (11/06/2017, 14:59) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply

      @liberal. I bet you Ms. P can bring back the pride and authenticity back to these events, even from her wheelchair. Like it or not, we still have a lot of respect for how so does things because she has that firsthand experience and she is well researched. The only downfall Ms. P has, is that, she is too loyal to the NPD to a fault and that clouds her judgment on calling out NDP too late on their failures. Dr. Smith, Myron, Mark, Dr. Pickering, and the others, all need to be put on the couch and chastised for this spiraling decline in all dysfunctional areas of our country. It is all interrelated. This abnormal directiion our country is heading in is utterly- unacceptable.
  • Hmmmm (10/06/2017, 23:57) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    While I understand what Brin is saying the same way I feel about hotel and commerce having a Trinidadian as our voice this is also wrong but when you give VI people position that's what you get...brin need learn how to speak to people
  • funny man (11/06/2017, 01:48) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    I can no longer project locals
  • No (11/06/2017, 07:34) Like (5) Dislike (6) Reply
    Miss World shoulda leave Miss BVI to have them three woman show and just join up with Miss Universe and move on with their 6 woman show. BVI ain't the only country who's head is not a native of that country! Small minded fools.
  • Wendy (11/06/2017, 17:56) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    I am in full agreement with Ms Brin.
    Myron has been on top of my list to date but now I must reshuffle the list.
    I am of the feeling that his move on this will further dampen the August Festival and most definitely the pageant.
    Not a good sign for re-election Myron . Casualty within the NDP could also happen as a result. You need to pick your battles carefully. The parade of women on a catwalk is simply not worth it.
  • Ahweculture (12/06/2017, 05:51) Like (20) Dislike (3) Reply

    We don't want to hear no Jamaican accent man running no cultural queen show for us. We can't go to Jamaica and get in their pagents. Boi, find your place, not inahwe culture. Go siddung. Its ahwe culture and we aint changing it.

  • cdc (12/06/2017, 11:23) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
  • Heeee heee (12/06/2017, 21:34) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    It is all about the Minister and his
  • police (12/06/2017, 21:51) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ok then lets boycott
  • aquaman prime (13/06/2017, 10:05) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    So I have a question... If i steal free samples do i go to jail?

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