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UPDATE: Esther Georges Out! Lynda Varlack In! as NPT Deputy Director

Former Human Resources Manager in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Labour, Ms Lynda Varlack, is now the new Deputy Director of the Trust.Photo: OECS
Deputy Director of the National Parks Trust Rev. Esther Georges has reportedly been relieved of her duties from the NPT effective June 30, 2012. All the information surrounding her end of tenure is still unfolding. She has served the NPT for a number of years.
Deputy Director of the National Parks Trust Rev. Esther Georges has reportedly been relieved of her duties from the NPT effective June 30, 2012. All the information surrounding her end of tenure is still unfolding. She has served the NPT for a number of years.
Former Chairwoman of the NPT Board now turn Speaker of the HOA Ingrid Moses-Scatliffe was the chair at the time when the decision was taken to remove Mrs. Esther Georges from her post. The NPT was recently in the news when their 50th anniversary concert series was a financial flopp with a deficit of over $700K. The Subject Minister Dr. Pickering expressed his displeasure with this report when he addressed the matter in the VI's Parliament in February of this year!
Former Chairwoman of the NPT Board now turn Speaker of the HOA Ingrid Moses-Scatliffe was the chair at the time when the decision was taken to remove Mrs. Esther Georges from her post. The NPT was recently in the news when their 50th anniversary concert series was a financial flopp with a deficit of over $700K. The Subject Minister Dr. Pickering expressed his displeasure with this report when he addressed the matter in the VI's Parliament in February of this year!
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- After first and accurately reporting on June 5, 2012 that long time Deputy Director of the National Parks Trust (NPT) Rev. Esther Georges was forced to retire at the end of June 2012, Virgin Islands News Online is now reporting that the Deputy Director's post has been filled.

Word just reaching our news room is that the former Human Resources Manager in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Labour, Ms Lynda Varlack, is now the new Deputy Director of the Trust.

Ms Varlack started her new appointment a few weeks ago.  

This information was confirmed by Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Labour, Mr Ronald F. Smith-Berkeley.

The Chairwomen of the National Parks Trust Board, Mrs Sheila N. Braitwaite, was contacted for comments, however she referred this news site to the Director of the Trust, Mr Joseph Abbott-Smith. The NPT office was contacted, however, we were told that both Mr Abbott-Smith and Ms Varlack were out of office.

See previous article posted on June 5, 2012

NPT Deputy Director Esther Georges sacked!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI -  Word just reaching this news site is that long time Deputy Director of the National Parks Trust (NPT) Rev. Esther Georges, has been allegedly relieved of her duties. 

This decision is expected to take effect at the end of June 2012 and was reportedly taken by the National Parks Trust Board headed at the time by former Chairwoman Ingrid Moses-Scatliffe, now Speaker of the Virgin Islands House of Assembly.

While the information about her end of tenure is still unfolding, it is alleged that she may have had a major difference of opinion over the handling of the 50th anniversary celebrations and how the issues of accountability and procedures were carried out.

Virgin Islands News Online’s sources close to the situation have also informed us that Mrs Georges has hired a lawyer and the matter may end up in court.

Rev. Georges, who has been at the NPT for a number of years and is well known for spearheading the annual popular flower show, said she had no comments on the matter.

Efforts to get a comment from former chairwoman Mrs. Scatliffe-Moses, current chair Sheila Brathwaite and NDT Director Joseph Abbott-Smith were futile up to press time.

NPT 50th Anniversary concert a financial flop-over $700K deficit

Meanwhile, Deputy Premier and Minister for Natural Resources and Labour, Dr. the Hon. Kedrick Pickering whose portfolio includes the Trust, reported to the public that the NPT had incurred a deficit of $731,684.60 from its 50th anniversary concert series which was held last year and that his Administration has registered its discomfort with the financial performance of the event.

The concert which was held at the Queen Elizabeth II Park grounds in Road Town, the VI’s capital city, saw the importation of a stage and featured international artiste Ali Campbell, the former lead singer of UB 40 and the world-renowned nine-time Grammy-award winning singer and songwriter, John Legend.

Dr. Pickering told the House of Assembly on February 14, 2012 that the show incurred expenses of $828,623.10, but generated revenue of $96,938.50. In-kind donations of goods and services according to Minister Pickering, was estimated at $111,207.

"The facts I presented here are very disappointing and I would like the record to reflect our general discomfort with the performance of this event. Additionally, rest assured that the lessons learned are duly noted...” Dr. Pickering stated in the HOA.

National Parks Trust

The National Parks Trust (NPT) was established in 1961 as a statutory body responsible for parks and protected area and now falls under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Labour. Over the years the NPT has developed from a voluntary organization to a fully-staffed operation, overseen by a Board of Directors and managed by Director, Joseph Smith-Abbott and a staff of over 30 persons.

The National Parks Trust currently manages 21 National Parks which include 20 terrestrial parks, such as Sage Mountain and the remnants of a Caribbean forest, and one marine park, the famous Wreck of the RMS Rhone. Several parks are comprised of smaller, uninhabited sister islands such as Great Tobago, The Dogs, and Fallen Jerusalem.

The Parks management regimen includes preservation of all flora and fauna within the parks, maintenance and constant upgrading of facilities, such as trails and picnic sites, to ensure a pleasurable visitor’s experience and to facilite scientific research.

From the inception of the Trust in 1961, reforestation has been one of its major goals with the re-planting of trees at Sage Mountain and Gorda Peak National Parks. The annual Arbour Day celebrations have resulted in the planting of hundreds of mahogany and cedar trees throughout the Territory.

The Trust is also deeply involved in maintaining the Territory’s biodiversity and has led several projects to restore or rehabilitate the Territory’s indigenous species.

57 Responses to “UPDATE: Esther Georges Out! Lynda Varlack In! as NPT Deputy Director”

  • same old story (05/06/2012, 08:40) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    well saw seems like it got more in the mota on tis one
    • cat food (27/05/2013, 20:58) Like (2) Dislike (4) Reply

      E......is just paying for the BS her son did at Peebles............

  • Peaches (05/06/2012, 08:48) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Its about time, the two need to go. Alot of wrong things are being done there. Only who know knows. It all about them looking good. Out in the public they are well mannered and in the office they treat people like dogs after their hard work and they take all the credit.
  • Gina (05/06/2012, 09:15) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    This is unbelievable, what a thing.
  • Really (05/06/2012, 09:37) Like (3) Dislike (8) Reply
    So instead of firing the ones that messed up, they firing the one standing against the fact that no responsibility has taken place? Wow and wow! What a place the BVI is.
  • Jinx (05/06/2012, 09:43) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    I cannot believe this!! Wow that is so much money wasted and so little gained.
  • one eye (05/06/2012, 09:47) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    We support eather and we will not let this go like this?
  • fmp (05/06/2012, 10:09) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    They should fire both director and deputy director. Not because he is from here and she is not why she is being treated as the scapegoat. I am sure she could not do anything without his approval. Fair is fair
    • Please try (05/06/2012, 11:42) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
      she is a Belonger so what is your point?
      • fmp (05/06/2012, 18:16) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
        That still dont make her a British Virgin Islander. She is still a Trinidadian
        • Boo (06/06/2012, 18:47) Like (11) Dislike (2) Reply
          And you know this because you have actually seen her passport??? The Director is American so what? You all always on here chatting a pack of crap about who from where and who born where when half of you all born St Thomas or Puerto Rico and have no status in the BVI
        • same mock (28/05/2013, 15:41) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
          you all are sick people in this place, BVIslander or Trinidadian what difference does it make
        • SHAME (28/05/2013, 16:00) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          What about you're children you have born in US territories. We are BVIanders we what? You should think before you speak. You are putting down your own children/grand children.
    • Present Please (05/06/2012, 14:23) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
      She is a citizen of the BVI acquired through her husband.
  • for real (05/06/2012, 10:11) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    Mrs. Geirges is such a nice lady!
  • ScaryMary (05/06/2012, 10:26) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    I believe that if any investigation were to be done, the figures that the honourable minister has quoted will be found inaccurate. I believe the figures quoted include include much more than just the 50th anniversary celebration expenses. Costs for that event (and the event ONLY) need to be made public! This just isn't right.
    • True (05/06/2012, 10:53) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      The figures for the event WERE made public in this very online paper as well as the other online and printed media. That amount that the minister quoted was set out in print so get your facts straight.
      • ScaryMary (05/06/2012, 15:01) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        Yes, it was printed in this paper and others previously. The amounts quoted each time were inaccurate. Do some investigating! The figures include MUCH more than just the anniversary celebration.
  • yoyo (05/06/2012, 10:38) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    So they make the lady a scapegoat!
  • teacher john (05/06/2012, 10:41) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    While as VINO stated the issues for her firing is still unfolding the BVI labour code makes it illegal for most employers to fire an employee because of the employee's race, gender, national origin, disability, religion, genetic information, or age. While is does not address whistle blowing I am sure good lawyers will find ways to deal with this matter.
  • SMH (05/06/2012, 11:28) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    Mrs georges is such a sweet lady. i read this article twice and find a hard time tryin get what this article tryin to say. She was against this and now it seems she is getttin punish. Good thing she gets a lawyer. VIP/NDP all doing the same crap.
  • BREAKING NEWS (05/06/2012, 11:37) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    VIP Gov't help to put on this show. I hope they hold them accountable as well.
    • ooooo (05/06/2012, 12:15) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      check the date when the show was held...it was way after nov 7th...ndp is who to blame now
      • DarkVader (05/06/2012, 21:47) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        ooooo shut up..this concert was put in place long before election...u make the dog sick...
  • Foolish people (05/06/2012, 12:02) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Because some one is a sweet person means that they should not be held accountable ?stupes.
    • Boo (05/06/2012, 16:42) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      This lady is being made a scapegoat for the debacle, a sacrifice of sorts, perpetrated by the very culprits who in due course will get what's comming to them.
  • Snickers (05/06/2012, 12:18) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I thought that Government employees ar NOT governed and fall within/under the Labour code?
    • hmmmm (05/06/2012, 15:45) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      true... gov't and its employees are not subject to the labour code. General orders apply but NPT is statutory so there may be a serperate framework at play
  • mm (05/06/2012, 13:16) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Thats right....somebody has to be accountable
  • native (05/06/2012, 14:08) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Dem school children say she from trinidad so me hope dem put a local in dey work boss
  • taxpayer (05/06/2012, 14:57) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    There is little difference between this ugly situation and the Hospital fiasco. Yes, there is one major difference, they sack the lady and they increase the Hospital Project Manager's salary. This may be understandable since he is a Smith.
    • observer (05/06/2012, 20:44) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      Who is the Project Manager at the Hospital? They sack the Trinidadian Lady and the management at the Hospital is pee poor. Just imagine the monthly revenue is now around one hundred thousand dollars when it was four times that when she was here. All yuh doh know
  • rat tail (05/06/2012, 15:48) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    some heads must roll for that outragiuos defecit and it should not be the dear lady Ms. Georges
  • flamingo (05/06/2012, 16:19) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Esther Georges has always been a hard working, loyal and committed lady who has devoted many years of her life to ensure that the National Parks Trust is a well run and effective organisation. She will be greatly missed by the staff and never forgotten for her curries, hiking trips and love for the environment.
  • Crank Shaft (05/06/2012, 17:05) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Well it looks like VINO caught a pic of her right after she got the news. She looks like "Huh? You kidding right?" No laughing matter but........lol.....
  • farmer brown (05/06/2012, 19:54) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    hope this was not a case of poor performance, misconduct or carrying news.....
  • What a thing! (05/06/2012, 20:31) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    I can't believe this! Esther was teh only one with the cojones to stand up to that no good Board of Directors and to tell them that the concert would be a financial disaster for teh Trust and SHE is the one getting fired?? Somebody needs to go over this mess, yes, but Ms. Georges should be the last one standing out of all of them. This is so outrageous I can hardly believe it's true.
  • Truth Is (05/06/2012, 21:44) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Meeno where VINO get their info from..as far as I understand, this lady had already submitted her retirement letter.
  • circle (05/06/2012, 22:47) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    God do not like ugly that board and x chairman day will come
  • BIG Bout (06/06/2012, 00:41) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    She is a VIP what did u expect?
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    What happen in darkness will come to light
  • taxpayer (07/06/2012, 12:38) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    I am puzzled as to how they were able to sack Madam Georges and allow Mr. Abbot to go scotch free. Please check the records, there is a history of wrong doings in that organisation. Are you going to allow some to go with the kitchen zink? Give me a break.
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  • ccc (27/05/2013, 18:08) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
    From bad to worste
    • 1 (27/05/2013, 20:51) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      This is so true.
    • NPT (04/06/2013, 19:46) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Perhaps, and just perhaps, Miss Varlack should be given the opportunity to prove herself.

      Miss Varlack, all the best to you. I trust that you will be fair to your staff, and that you will aim to further the best interests of of the NPT.
  • Superwoman (27/05/2013, 19:51) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    Congratulations Ms. Varlack, u are great to work with... NPT stands only to gain.
  • x (27/05/2013, 20:18) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    God bless & good luck.
  • Classmate (28/05/2013, 11:38) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Congratulations Lynda!!!!
  • RT Resident (28/05/2013, 14:10) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    The show was a very good show and I did not hear anyone who went say otherwise and even so I think it would be a minority. For a 50 year anniversary it was a good celebration attempt. The location was great also. It rained cats and dogs that weekend and we all know BVI people and rain, however with or without the wheather at the end of the day no one really knew or expected it would have been such a loss for such a well acclaimed Artist, but then again it's not Calypso but there are other persons in the community that like other styles of music. I'm glad he came when he's fresh and not 40 years from now when he's retired to music feast or something. It was risk and yes a lot of money was lost but its the same BVI that always crying here boring etc. when you hold an event like that you never know.
  • truth be told (02/06/2013, 13:28) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    everybody getting send home except those white people coming from england can't you see the white taking back their place look at the police force when the black man reach their time they have to leave but we continue to extend the white man time


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