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Sharie B. de Castro calls on youth to start dreaming again

- VIP Territorial At Large candidate lays out 20/20 vision for the economic future of the VI
Former Miss BVI Sharie B. de Castro said the youth of the Virgin Islands can start dreaming again under a Virgin Islands Party Administration. Ms de Castro is contesting as a Territorial At Large candidate and is expected to champion the cause of education and youth. Photo: VINO
Territorial At Large on the Virgin Islands Party ticket, Sharie B. de Castro said the Virgin Islands leaders cannot solely have near sighted or far sighted vision but must create 20/20 perfect vision. She noted that the VIP’s vision is not for the next 4 years. 'Our vision is looking ahead into the future. How do we sustain the territory 20 years from now? …Remember, the only thing worse than being blind is having sight and no vision. Why not tap into the resources that we already have available as a country to achieve those objectives?' Photo: VINO
Territorial At Large on the Virgin Islands Party ticket, Sharie B. de Castro said the Virgin Islands leaders cannot solely have near sighted or far sighted vision but must create 20/20 perfect vision. She noted that the VIP’s vision is not for the next 4 years. 'Our vision is looking ahead into the future. How do we sustain the territory 20 years from now? …Remember, the only thing worse than being blind is having sight and no vision. Why not tap into the resources that we already have available as a country to achieve those objectives?' Photo: VINO
The former school teacher and Miss BVI Sharie B. de Castro is the youngest person and one of six women on the Virgin Islands Party slate for the June 8, 2015 general elections. Photo: VINO
The former school teacher and Miss BVI Sharie B. de Castro is the youngest person and one of six women on the Virgin Islands Party slate for the June 8, 2015 general elections. Photo: VINO
VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI – When the youngest person on the Virgin Island’s Party (VIP) list of candidates, Ms Sharie B. de Castro took to the microphone at Virgin Gorda on May 11, 2015, she did so as a true ambassador of the territory but this time bringing her astute representation to her own people as she spoke with a high level of intelligence in appealing for the youth of the Virgin Islands to start dreaming again.

“As young BVIslanders we have reached a place where we have stopped thinking that it’s possible. We have opted to stop getting excited about our dreams and visions. We have silenced our souls and pacified our passions. It’s time for us through visionary leadership to allow people to dream again, to have a vision, to know that creativity and innovation is allowed in the BVI under a VIP government. This is fundamentally missing in young people today. The first thing we say is, ‘I don’t have any money!’” said Ms de Castro to a resounding applause from the attentive audience.

Invest in Young people

It was the occasion of the official campaign launch of her fellow VIP candidate who is vying for the seat in the House of Assembly in the June 8, 2015 national elections, Mr Elton L. Sprauve aka ‘All Out’, that Ms de Castro touched on the topic of Economic Empowerment for the Youth. She said training opportunities, for example in the tourism sector, should be made available for more young people to take over in the roles as managers and that they should not just be occupying jobs that fall within lower brackets of income.

“How is that sustainable for the future of our Virgin Islands if the youth are our future? We have to invest in our young people like myself, who are not only willing to see the vision, but to chase it and catch it,” she noted.

No handouts

“We do not want handouts, instead we want a government that will give us opportunity first and then resources to do it.”

She further stated that if they are going to make opportunities sustainable, it’s imperative that they get young entrepreneurs involved. “Virgin Gorda and Anegada both are overflowing with opportunities.” 

She also alluded to the fact that public/private partnerships is necessary to achieve the national agenda and that it’s important that they pull people and resources from the public and private sectors to partner with government.

“Is it sustainable or is it a one off investment? We cannot choose investors who come solely to make money on us and leave. Tap into people that are already vested in the country. They are already here. How do you give them incentives to develop a programme that benefits this country from generation to generation? What do we want to see for this country? What does the VIP want to see for this country?” she asked.

A 20/20 vision for the economic future of youth of the VI

“What should the BVI look like in 2020? Yes 5 years from now and as far away as 20 years? We cannot solely have near sighted or far sighted vision but we must create 20/20 perfect vision.” She noted that the VIP’s vision is not for the next 4 years. “Our vision is looking ahead into the future. How do we sustain the territory 20 years from now? …Remember, the only thing worse than being blind is having sight and no vision. Why not tap into the resources that we already have available as a country to achieve those objectives?”

According to Ms de Castro, the VIP’s vision is to ensure excellence within the tourism sector, from the taxi driver to the ferry boat operator to the concierge, the cleaner, no matter where one sits in the tourism industry as it boils down to having an excellent service mentality.

She said the VIP’s vision is to start an apprenticeship programme for young VIslanders in Virgin Gorda and Anegada who intend to become entrepreneurs.

Giving incentives

“We give investors an opportunity to fund it and we use the college to facilitate it. If we start at college level by training young entrepreneurs who have business ideas, we can use our investors by pulling from their strengths and giving them the opportunity to disperse their expertise and experience at the college,” she said.

Further, she said, “If we give incentives through attachment and apprenticeship this will generate a high level of competition that will drive young people to work hard and to be the best so that they can access these opportunities.”

According to Ms de Castro, this is just a small excerpt of how the VIP can affect major change through youths. “BVI we are no longer accepting the things we cannot change, we are changing the things we cannot accept. We can no longer view our youth through suspicion and skepticism. We must look closely and see the opportunities for entrepreneurship and business development right here in Virgin Gorda.”

50 Responses to “Sharie B. de Castro calls on youth to start dreaming again”

  • weed (13/05/2015, 09:36) Like (54) Dislike (17) Reply
    She going places
  • Finally (13/05/2015, 09:46) Like (61) Dislike (7) Reply
    At last a candidate with no "tongue lashing" headlines and speeches.

    We hope to hear more soon, she stated problems and she give solutions - which are not far fetched.

    The Bible says and the LITTLE ONES shall LEAD THEM.

    May not be voting fo the entire party but DEFINATELY voting for YOU!
  • well done (13/05/2015, 09:49) Like (35) Dislike (15) Reply
    We will vote for the VIP team no pep no ndp we are not going to back, June 8 is our chance to let the ndp no how we feel by voting them out
  • LOve Sharie (13/05/2015, 09:53) Like (36) Dislike (30) Reply
    I love sharie and she is going places just wish she was with another party! This is my opinion
  • No Name (13/05/2015, 10:03) Like (43) Dislike (13) Reply
    One thing with Sherrie she can go pound for pound with Orlando, Myron, Ronnie and Archie and that make sense!
  • Tim (13/05/2015, 10:09) Like (36) Dislike (4) Reply
    Very excellent vision! Sharie
  • Hmm (13/05/2015, 10:11) Like (31) Dislike (34) Reply
    Not in this election, but I wish her the best in er future endeavours
  • vip (13/05/2015, 10:13) Like (37) Dislike (50) Reply
    she is too young
    • @ vip (13/05/2015, 10:44) Like (48) Dislike (10) Reply
      for god sake..what about them old hard back ones like mark, Myron and Archie who have killed the BVi...ayo better go from here with the dead script of too young!
      • The signs are there (13/05/2015, 12:02) Like (45) Dislike (1) Reply
        They said Lebron was too young when he entered the NBA too. But look at him now, considered one of the best if not the best basketball player on the planet. I say that to say this, despite her age, she's very educated, humble, intelligent, smart and just knows what she's talking about. Kudos to you young lady and may the Almighty continue to give you the wisdom and guidance moving forward. Blessings
        • --- (13/05/2015, 22:52) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
          that's the stupidest thing I have heard. Whether Lebron makes a foul shot or not will not affect the lives of people in districts. Michael Jordan was the best player on the planet but perhaps you are too young.
        • SHARIE HONEY (14/05/2015, 00:28) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
          where you been living the past few years. honestly you have not heard of the small business breau or of technical school. honey think well and do your research and don't lert those old dogs have you make a fool of yourself
    • @VIP (13/05/2015, 11:03) Like (54) Dislike (3) Reply
      The UK just elected 20 year old Mkairi Black. Sharie is 24. The youth of this Territory need representation in the House of Assembly. Voting Sharie!! 20/20 Visionary.
      • @@vip (13/05/2015, 13:40) Like (4) Dislike (17) Reply
        yes, but in a group of people who will hopefull lead him in the right way. I do think that there is something worse or equally as concerning as sight with no vision actually. It is a young, ambitious politician/leader without proper guidance and support around him or her.
        • @@@vip (13/05/2015, 14:57) Like (23) Dislike (0) Reply
          Stop judging people. Some of us need to take the mote out of our own eyes first. Just saying. The youth are always talking about the negativity form people every time they try to do something positive, why can't we be positive. You started positive then you ended with the negative.
          • @@@@vip (14/05/2015, 09:28) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
            I was not judging her. I am just saying young, ambitious, brilliance needs to be guided and I hope she finds the right help in doing so. I like Sharie. I don't support her team but I do think she has promise and great potential. I just hope it is allowed to mature in the correct way.
        • --- (13/05/2015, 22:56) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          I actually agree with you. It is not a criticism but an observation. With youth comes niavete so I hope she does find a good mentor to help her find her way. The seasoned vets know how to manipulate so she should be ready for that as well. Nothing negative about that. There is hope with her.
    • Brick (13/05/2015, 14:46) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      How old was Lavity when he started?
    • Outlaw (13/05/2015, 16:20) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
      @VIP. What nonsense you chatting about she too young. You see that's the problem with us here. Yes she is young but she exhibited a proper vision for the future development of these islands. How old was Roosevelt Skeritte when he became PM of Dominica, how old was Dharrat Jagdeo when he became president of Guyana. She is fit and proper to take up leadership role in this country
    • Young (13/05/2015, 18:29) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      did you uk election last thursday where a 20yr old boy won a seat in the uk
    • dog (13/05/2015, 22:49) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      maybe her idealism and enthusiasm will carry her. I think she is very young as well. I hope she can hold her own against the old sharks. She better find a good mentor and she better learn procedure well too. Then she can call on those who don't follow it.
  • Concern 1 (13/05/2015, 10:19) Like (33) Dislike (0) Reply
    Thanks for stepping up to the plate girl Sharie no one knows what the future holds for them but it is said as like in the lottery: you got to be in it to win it. I wish you all the best in your future endeavours. God bless you
    • Paying Attention (13/05/2015, 21:43) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
      I had the privilege and pleasure of interacting with Sharie on a very deep level a few months ago as part of a youth initiative in which we were both involved at the time. I found her to be 'wise beyond her years' and not afraid to be a 'voice' about issues that she feels strongly about. She pays keen attention and thinks critically. She is also not afraid to step out and test 'waters' that have not been travelled before. The future looks very bright for this young lady as she certainly represents hope for our territory at a time when it is desperately needed. I am indeed paying attention and wish Sharie well in her political aspirations! In my humble view, she definitely has what it takes to represent us on a territorial level.
  • Visionary youth (13/05/2015, 10:22) Like (47) Dislike (1) Reply
    Yes, Praise The Lord! She has vision and Great intention for the territories future. Our Next Youth Minister! This is where we need to support our Youth. I pray God Blesses and see you through SUCCESSFULLY! A Beath of FRESH AIR. All the Best.
  • Shine (13/05/2015, 10:32) Like (16) Dislike (30) Reply

    If Sharie win her mo***r will be ruling Her....

    • --- (13/05/2015, 22:58) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      that actually is a good point. I hope she holds her own. Good governance also means confidentiality outside the chambers. She can't talk about everyone, not that she would.
  • ooooo (13/05/2015, 11:27) Like (24) Dislike (5) Reply
    this is a breath of fresh air not a tall glass of water
  • 911 (13/05/2015, 12:07) Like (37) Dislike (3) Reply
    for sure we bringing home this yute..because she real and she makes lots of sense
  • BEAUTIFUL (13/05/2015, 12:12) Like (13) Dislike (4) Reply
    For she beauty alone meh voting she- done with NDP UGLY
  • .... (13/05/2015, 12:27) Like (8) Dislike (3) Reply
    You need to at least breath people morning and afternoon when you meet them
  • brilliant (13/05/2015, 12:35) Like (23) Dislike (3) Reply
    You are intelligent and classy. Thank you so much for your presentation in Virgin Gorda, you have given the youth something to dream about and how much better can it get coming from their peer. You would understand them better than any of us older adult. I will definitely be voting for you and I wil encourage all that I know to do the same.

    Continue on your journey to a better BVI.
  • the builder (13/05/2015, 12:58) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    Before they can start dreaming--they have to be motivated and willing to work to achieve.
  • Get Real (13/05/2015, 14:01) Like (22) Dislike (27) Reply
    Why am I getting the impression that I'm listening and moreso reading a High School debate. It seems like just for the sake of opposing, these candidates surface with ineffective arguments. I'm no friends with the NDP, PEP or any party for that matter. I've seen a great deal done for the territory under the present administration, I'm not sure what people expect within 3yrs. Bare in mind we just managed to survive a global recession. This is good governance in my taking. The mindset of the territory needs to come out of their comfort zone and be innovative in order to survive in this 21st century.
    • Jealous (13/05/2015, 16:29) Like (19) Dislike (6) Reply
      @Get Real

      You jealous because you are a friend of the NDP. You still in your comfort zone thinking that the present administration is great.
      • Get Real (13/05/2015, 17:53) Like (7) Dislike (5) Reply
        @Jealous

        I must have struck a nerve because you took the time to reply with NOTHING of merit. My comment wasn't a personal attack on anyone but based on observation of these newbies. I applaud her for her effort but running this territory is no graded College assignment. Decisions have to be made in the best interest of ALL. Also if YOU or Miss DeCastro can't take the heat don't come around the kitchen with petty answer backs.
  • pat (13/05/2015, 14:30) Like (14) Dislike (6) Reply
    We ready go Ms. Decastro you have brought so much excitement to the VIP team
  • Hmmm (13/05/2015, 15:50) Like (10) Dislike (12) Reply
    I commend you for putting your foot in the race young lady...however, you held a "Word on the street" talk some days ago and said it was nothing political....why the change? Best you had stick independent..
  • Hmm (13/05/2015, 16:16) Like (17) Dislike (1) Reply
    yea Sharie!!! team VIP all the wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyywe going ALL OUT
  • A Child (13/05/2015, 22:48) Like (5) Dislike (5) Reply
    The bible did say a child shall lead the way, but sorry young girl not this time around.
    • Hmm (14/05/2015, 07:37) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
      If the bible say so then it is so and no man can change that she will be elected in Jesus mighty name
  • RealPol (13/05/2015, 23:59) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Impressive, logical and workable presentation. It had the bun, the beef, the condiments and it was tasty. Stay focused and committed for the VI needs you, your youth and skill sets.
    • Boo (14/05/2015, 06:47) Like (5) Dislike (4) Reply
      She gets a B+ for the class assignment and an F for the real world politics
  • just (14/05/2015, 08:37) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    They never did stop dreaming girl.
    Look again.
  • IT HAS BECOME A P.O.P.P.Y.S.H.O.W (14/05/2015, 11:27) Like (14) Dislike (3) Reply
    V.I.P., N.D.P., P.E.P., P.P.A., U.P.P. and even the INDIPENDS, I am sick of all of you just talking P.I.S.S.Y. P.O.L.I.T.I.C.S. and looking P.O.W.E.R. I don’t see any solid P.L.A.N.S ….N.O.T. .O.N.E. And your overnight one to two page points you all call your platforms will not fool the P.E.O.P.L.E. There is no P.A.T.R.I.O.T.I.S.M. in any of you. Voting has become very P.A.I.N.F.U.L. for some of us and we won’t see P.R.O.G.R.E.S.S. in this country until we become P.A.T.R.I.O.T.I.C.


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