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Update: Hadassah Ward is out from BVITB!

Officer is expected to be reassigned to the Premier’s Office
Hadassah Ward has been reassigned from her post as Director of the BVI Tourist Board. Photo VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Just as firstly and accurately reported by Virgin Islands News Online in March of this year, that Director of Tourism Ms. Hadassah Ward was removed from her post following the 2011 General elections, now comes word from this news site’s team of reporters that this has been confirmed.

Sources close to the situation told this news site that Ms. Ward will not be returning to the BVI Tourist Board and once her current leave ends the officer is expected to be assigned to the Premier’s Office.  It is unknown what her role at that office will be. 

Currently,  Ms. Ward post of Director, BVI Tourist Board is being advertised.

It is unclear why the decision is being made and there had been no formal announcement from the Chairman of the Board so far as to the reason for the move. 

Virgin Islands News Online had previously attempted to reach Chairman Russell Harrigan on March 28, 2012 but up to press time then there had not been a response.

This news site will provide more details as it become available.

On July 28, 2010, at a meeting of Cabinet, the decision was taken to confirm Ms. Ward as Director of Tourism, after she had held the Acting Director title or two years. Ms. Ward had also previously served as the Deputy Director of Tourism.

According to a Government Information Service (GIS) Press Release in 2010, Cabinet’s decision was made on Ms. Ward’s record in difficult times. A few of her achievements included a global restructuring of the organisation; bringing the true picture of the Board’s financial situation to light, and in recent weeks, working with the Board’s attorney Farara Kerins to spearhead the overturning of the ruling in the Zimmerman suit against the BVI Tourist Board in which the Board was successful.

Ms. Ward was also credited with leading the Tourist Board’s development of new international creative which was to be launched in autumn 2010.

“Much of what Ms. Ward was tasked with was the unglamorous work that had to be done to bring the Board into a position from where we can move forward, there is much more to be done but Ms. Ward and her team are on the right track and we have every confidence that they will continue to do good work on behalf of the people of this Territory,” said then Premier and Minister of Tourism Honourable Ralph T. O’Neal, OBE.

96 Responses to “Update: Hadassah Ward is out from BVITB!”

  • sad (23/03/2012, 15:06) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Haddassah is hot!
    • AirDrop (23/03/2012, 21:04) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      Yup! she is a very attractive lady... wild tom berry got a good thing there, hope he smart enough to cherish that class of woman.
  • ausar (23/03/2012, 15:13) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Sad. I really did like her for the Tourist Board.
    • uk student (23/03/2012, 16:15) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      The ndp even did not give the girl a chance to perform...
      • we will get to vote again (24/03/2012, 21:13) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Leave the ndp to the people we will deal with them in 2015
        • stop the noise (25/03/2012, 21:30) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          you right we will deal with them...we will put them right back in power!!!! Cant go back to the days of VIP manslaughter !
  • Keep It Moving (23/03/2012, 15:40) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    About time, get someone (JB) in there with REAL experience and know how! Some more reform and shuffling to go on at the TB!
    • U. Smith (23/03/2012, 16:14) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      dem will be crzy and backwards to go to JB...she aint ready either!
    • joblo wants to know (23/03/2012, 17:58) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      well,when the hell the NDP going to appoint Pope as director of Government vehicles, since they are so busy appointing and disappointing every one since they took office? Remember he is your friend too.
    • yes sir! (23/03/2012, 18:22) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Good move!
      • no we not going back (31/08/2012, 16:10) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        for god snake Only for the chairman and the NDP cronies
  • Anotheronebitesthedust (23/03/2012, 16:02) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    What a surprise! I bet no one saw this coming. This one just dropped out the sky like a bombshell. I bet this caught the TB staff completely off guard. Que se rah, que se rah.
  • tourist (23/03/2012, 16:08) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Not providing a financial report since 2007? is inexcusable for any for any CEO. Had she been in the private industry, she would have been history long ago. It was obvious the board was a loose cannon, just look at the payroll and see who is been paid for what is plain ignorance at tax payers expense.
    • Mr. M. Ward (23/03/2012, 17:04) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      you sound so stupid talking about no report since 2007 how she going give a report when she only become the boss in 2010 the financies we already messed up she help take the board out of debt and also was one of the few directors to make it within her budget for the year so keep off ms ward ok she did a great job!!!
      • Toot (23/03/2012, 20:33) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Her appointment may have been confirmed in 2010 but she was Ag. Director since 2008. There is more in the mortar than the pestle so don't be so quick to defend this woman.
      • hmmm (24/03/2012, 00:08) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        OK!!! Mr. "M" Ward, you go ahead and defend her regardless ITS TIME FOR CHANGE!!! "keep off ms ward ok she did a great job!!!" Great job yet reassigned? I guess not great enough!!!
    • Bout Time (24/03/2012, 01:56) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      No, M Ward, YOU sound stupid. She has failed the Board. She has to be removed. Putting her there was a mistake in the first place.
  • yellow (23/03/2012, 16:11) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    oh gosh the vitimizations contiunes
    • Chacha (23/03/2012, 17:10) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Victimization my behind. Check the staff salary FOR DOING WHAT???? Raise was handing out like a free-for-all.
      • xcuse (24/03/2012, 03:49) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        hell yes its vitimization and every body knows it...she use to be the darlin of the NDP wid her x..but she fell out with the man wife . Starting first with the funny one who did not want her confirm now this....but the world is a cricle boss
      • raise (25/03/2012, 13:02) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        when you don't know all, refrain from commenting. Raises weren't being 'handed out like a free for all'. Hadassah met a system where the staff hadn't received a raise in TEN years and counting. Unfortunately, it appears as if the amounts allocated was based on friendships and not the actual ability and posts the staff held and to make it appear on the up an up, the organization's structure was changed. my 2 cents but i could very well be wrong.
  • BVI Patriot (23/03/2012, 16:14) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Oftentimes the public rejoices when someone is removed from a position of authority. I'm sick of how BVI landers tear each other down and allow people from every where else to come and RUN our country. Stop the mud slinging and pay attention to the facts. Hadassah ward has done a good job at Tourist Board!! She is the Director and carries out the demands of the Board of Directors, she doesn't work in a vacuum. This woman does what the Board of Directors instructs her to do. Who holding them accountable.? "keep it moving" said bring back JB .... We as a country need to move forward not go back because under JB rule that's when money got stolen!! Check your facts before you run your mouth!
    • Keep It Moving (23/03/2012, 17:08) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      I too am a VIslander but we have to stop avoiding the 'white elephant' in the middle of the room. The current director has served her time and it is time to move on. Under JB's leadership is when the whole fiasco about TB unaccounted funds broke cause of an audit. that is fact! How come the current director left the London office and ended up at TB? Why you don't inquire about that fact and talk that? I would like to see another VIslander take the post not some foreigner, one that REALLY knows about our product and the tourism market. Someone who is strict/nononsense and willing to cut all the bull$hit travelling/marketing and not getting value for money!
      • Bloom (24/03/2012, 11:11) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Thank you! Who will also focus on the development of the product for the betterment of the residents and tourists. And fairness for the employees.
        • bless up (24/03/2012, 15:59) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          The two big mistake was for ward and blyden to leave the board. They both were the best at what they do for years. But god will bless them both
          • ??? (25/03/2012, 12:39) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
            Blyden a mistake? you must be kidding!!! Putting self interest above the, you must not know what you saying.
          • Really? (25/03/2012, 16:06) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
            Are you serious? You must be an idiot.
          • De cat! (31/08/2012, 19:37) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
            Blyden! A man of interest to the police with all that unaccounted money. U really don't know what U talking bout bowy! Wendy Williams was a disaster including all these ghetto projects He had going on a smoke screen to bette put it.
  • I telling yo (23/03/2012, 16:36) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    She must be fedup man smh i would be fedup too
  • she the cat mother (23/03/2012, 16:46) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why? Who they going put there now? Is it one of their NDP cronies? This political victimization must end, I am disappointed yet again in the NDP. Never me again voting for them people.
    • Chacha (23/03/2012, 17:11) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Blah Blah Blah it wasn't victimization when the former Premier FIRED the FORMER DIRECTOR on the radio?? Shouldn't this be a decision put forward by the Board of Directors? You all TWO-FACED PEOPLE
      • funny politian (24/03/2012, 01:19) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        It waz the funny man who fired janis not ralph go ask her for her letter get ayo dam facts stright set of cow birds!
  • jvd Rep. (23/03/2012, 17:20) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The BVITB will miss a a great great well outspoken woman LORD SEND HELP
  • Ha ha (23/03/2012, 17:25) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Wonder if it is the calypsonian replacing Miss Ward?
    • virgin gorda girl (24/03/2012, 01:23) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Well one ting for sure she tis a ndp the funny man friend and cannot stand uncle ralph. So I would not be surprised if she get the post but the world is a circle deman
  • taxpayer (23/03/2012, 19:05) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I truely hope that we are not setting the stage for the Director to resume what he was forced to discontinue when the NDP lost the election. If this is the case then we need to bring back Madam Manard to head up Labour.
  • and so it goes (23/03/2012, 20:29) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    And so it starts....Director gone, soon to be appointed in her stead will be Malcia with Deputy being Natasha. You all complained, now you have what you always wanted.....good luck with that
    • time will tell (24/03/2012, 01:27) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Them undermining staff with dem two er? they will remain divided but mark my words....time longer than twine
      • Strupes (25/03/2012, 06:34) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Until the Govenment makes Tourist Board a Ministry it will stay in the pit it is in. ALL the chairmans interested in is fattening up their pockets.
    • Enough (25/03/2012, 06:32) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Malcia is a BVI National and should be given the oppeertunity to be Director but no Non BVI National should be appointed Deputy Director of the British Virgin Islands Tourist Board. No matter how much news they take to the chairman.
    • Enough (31/08/2012, 10:25) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Not the Canadian...NDP need to learn to put qualified BVI National in top seats in this country. The British VIRGIN ISLANDS. Love of country over love of friend...
  • Bashaar (23/03/2012, 23:00) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ms. Ward was a great asset to the Board especially considering how under budgeted the board was.....She did an amazing job with very little to go on.....Its a shame really.....but i am sure she is better off but i cant say the same for the TB.........Good job Haddasah!
  • hmmm (24/03/2012, 00:03) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    'Bout time I guess, they are probably tired of the outrageous look which she and her colleagues are portraying constantly overseas. (appearance wise) Not to mention the constant wasting of our tax dollars which still has not been brought to the forefront. TB NEEDS TO BE AUDITED QUITE FAST!!!
  • Are you for real..... (24/03/2012, 11:48) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    She was the best Director TB has seen in many years. She was for the staff, she cared about them and tourism on a whole. You people watch from the outside and speculate but you really don't know what is going on within TB. Thanks to her they are better off from where they started. This is a political move. Each time the government changes they each have their own person to bring in but we need to look at who is right for the position and she was perfect. Ya'll do not agree with certain things she does but do not forget she has to act from off of the board's decisions. It is a known fact that the big man's wife does not like Ms. Ward and she wants her out and she got her wish. Good luck to you in the future Hadassah. God allowed them to take this from you because he has better things in store for you.
    • WHAT!!! (24/03/2012, 17:27) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      if you really knew what was going on inside YOU would not say this. Best DIrector to who? Lets be real and truthful. The only good thing she did was give certain persons raises who deserved them. The bad things are numerous, people who do NO work getting raises and positions they are not qualified for, no management skills, lets not talk about the mismanagement of funds. Poor marketing decisions and the list goes on and on. Not to mention that based on the Tourist Board Ordinance her appointment by Cabinet was ILLEGAL. You are not on the inside and what you dont know cant hurt you or may be it can cause the whole destination is hurting because of poor decisions by her
  • steel pulse (24/03/2012, 12:51) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    "victim of the system"
  • mattie (24/03/2012, 15:06) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ms ward was the best director in years! What they are doing to her is wrong. But the people will turn against the ndp soon
    • WHAT!!! (24/03/2012, 17:28) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      thats because you got a contract from her that you should not have gotten
      • man up (24/03/2012, 20:41) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Why everybody has to get something to defend our people?
      • Classic (25/03/2012, 06:36) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        While Ms. Ward may have made some mistakes she is governed by a Board of Directors appointed by the Government in power. Look at the big picture people not the porn.
    • BVI National (25/03/2012, 06:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      If I have to be the judge of Tourist Board I would give the Board of Directors a F+ because they are the ones that sat back and let things run amuck. They are appointed to ensure that the people running Tourist Board are held at a certain standard and if they did not do that, the Director should not be at fault. Blame the VIP and the Chairman.
      • WHAT!!! (25/03/2012, 07:57) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Blame Ralph and Abbi. WHen Abbi start acting like a spoil child she run to daddy
      • sad (25/03/2012, 13:40) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Board of Directors responsible for policy. Director as accounting officer responsible for daily operations of the statutory body. She know things were going wrong. She was too coward to stand up to them. thats what happen when you get a job based on who you know and not based on merit
        • Shaun j ward (25/03/2012, 21:24) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          She is all of those things yes but how is it her fault when the chairman want to get involved in the day to day running of the boards business when there is dessicions about the staff being made by the chairman and the director doesn't know anything about it that's right??
        • facts man (25/03/2012, 23:46) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          oh bouy you NDP paid bloggers start your foolish spin and propaganda fast mey boy...Ms. Ward got her job based on merits and qualifications..having serviced as director of the BVI London office, Deputy Director of Tourism and Clerk of the Executive Council
  • Plain (24/03/2012, 16:15) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    How you all people get so stupid? The girl is being reassigned NOT FIRED!!! How do you know she won't get a better position? How do you know that she's not happy given that issues at TB? The girl is a very intelligent person, she's one of us and I trust that she will be placed somewhere that she can be effective. You would swear this is USVI where people getting fired. The girl will still have a job, probably a better one and less stressful. We should be happy for her not balling like idiots, wow!
    • BVI National (25/03/2012, 06:40) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      We will see who they will put as Director and Deputy Director now. But they better understand this BVI Nationals are tired of being passed over for jobs which we are capable of doing and qualified to do. Non BVI Nationals have their place in this country but heading top positions in Government should not be one of them. Let us get back to the time when BVI Nationals were valued in their country and were given all the support needed to do the job.
      • I am confused (25/03/2012, 12:54) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Surely you're not saying that a person shouldn't be the Director because they are a non-national? Isn't it based on whether you are qualified (i.e. capable and CAN do the job?). The non-national you are referring to is very much qualified regardless of nationality. If it were an issue of nationality, let's look at the pool of senior managers...can you name one 'qualified individual'? Of course you can't. Let's not forget that one of your 'nationals' was flown down to 'act' while the current director was on leave. Remember that fiasco? How effective was she? So my friend, it seems as if the pool of 'qualified individuals' are smaller than you think. I'm certainly not opposing the current DD becoming Director, but I am saying that this national vs non-national nonsense need to stop. Otherwise, the country will continued to run aground.
        • Strupes (25/03/2012, 19:12) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          Nationals vs non nationals will not stop because non nationals do not want to see nationals be on top in their own country. Can I go to China and be Chinese. NO I CANNOT!!!! STOP THE SH1+
        • Well Saw (25/03/2012, 19:14) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          So now you are trying to block the one that acted before, keep it up. You will get yours. Time will tell. Sit Down or go where you come from. Yes I did say it. BVI for BVI Nationals
          • national vs non-national (26/03/2012, 14:12) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
            you people surprise me. Why would I want to block YOUR national? North America contributes how much of your tourism effective are they? has your tourist arrivals increased? ask yourself, if she can't run North America effectively, how will she run the WHOLE Tourist Board? why would i want to block her from being Director? Let's not forget she couldn't even 'act' in the capacity properly. It's your country and in case you haven't figured it out yet, you don't have anyone at present qualified for the job. Malcia and Natasha are the ONLY two qualified out of what you have to offer.
  • Wellsa (24/03/2012, 17:26) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Bring back which JB boss... you got to be crazy. She first has to work on her appearance before she even attempt to come back and represent we. Ah ya think tourism is a joke.I don't know much about Ms. Ward but what I do know is despite the difficulty times the board had financially she was able to keep the ship sailing so that in itself is a pluse. Now that there seems to be a lil more in the kitty give her a chance to develop the product.
  • Shara Parlin (24/03/2012, 17:34) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    They should have not remove this young lady. Ms. Ward was trying her best despite having to undergone so much disrespect with Myron and now with Russell, lack of proper funding and the likes. But god is still in control. VIP hope you all are taking notes.
    • WHAT!!! (25/03/2012, 08:00) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Tourist Board GOT 5 MILLION MORE in 2011. Ask ward what happen to the mponey, Under funded my foot
  • BVI Proud (25/03/2012, 06:49) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ms. Ward is an intelligent woman and has done this country proud. Let the nay-sayers keep talking Hadassah Ward will be just fine. You go girl move out and move up. Let them who lied, cheated and back stabbed see what will happen to them. Everything is only for a time and time will tell.
    • ??? (25/03/2012, 17:03) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
  • when will it stop? (25/03/2012, 23:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    another case of political victimization by the NDP
  • pope bendick (26/03/2012, 03:52) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ms. Ward just stay strong and close to Jehovah he will bring you through.
  • jog (26/03/2012, 14:31) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Wow been out for the week and I am only now catching up on the news!!! Well i saw it coming. I want to know why a financial report was not presented from 2005 t0 2011?? That is shocking. I too want to know how much money is spending on some of them marketing people promoting the BVI. Are they being effective or they just up there doing nothing.
    • Hmmmmpppp (28/03/2012, 06:50) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      If this is the reason why she moving, we can't stop. Lets move all those managers who did not do produce reports from 2006.
    • why (31/08/2012, 23:34) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply

      why u don't keep off this blog wid your pi$$???

  • leave them (26/03/2012, 18:17) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    leave them Ms. for me tomm for them!
  • by some (27/03/2012, 15:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ms. Ward you will be missed!
  • Local (28/03/2012, 07:27) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is some nonsensce all who involve should be lock up we spent more that we making ,somebody pocketing this money .come I don't need no degree to see this is bull.them the persons who wasting our hard tax paying money call themselves educated
  • son of the soil (31/08/2012, 08:26) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    poor thing
  • god is still in control (31/08/2012, 08:34) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    you leave them Ms. Ward there time will come!!!
  • Princess (31/08/2012, 08:45) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Tortola is the most nosey place when it comes to ppl business Damnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn
    • read all about it (31/08/2012, 16:15) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      for real but leave them there turn will come and we will read it right on vino
  • zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz (31/08/2012, 09:09) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Just politics, they see Ms. Ward as VIP and close to Uncle child, but the world is a circle keep praying Ms. Ward and kudos on your new daughter.
    • egg face (31/08/2012, 16:03) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      She has a degree and she is smart so leave her she will be allright they cannot keep her down forever!!!
  • rattie (31/08/2012, 16:04) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    she will be missed
  • Peng (31/08/2012, 19:50) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Dude having a degree don't make u smart. Common sense does! Lol!
  • ABC (31/08/2012, 22:38) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ms Ward gone, Mr. Maloon in England gone.With the present Chairman calling the shots, it is only a matter of time before young Miss Oneal is given notice.
  • farmer brown (31/08/2012, 23:35) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    your keep off hadassah she is smart and got talent and was move for political reasons!
  • Tax payer (01/09/2012, 10:53) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply

    What pisses me off is the lady is being pushed aside and P*******g is free to hire a reject and pay him $180, thousand a year for two years for what. He then takes him on a tour of Europe on mission impossible. And to think that it is my taxes that he is using to pay for this fulishness. Dr. Smith please remember the nursery rhyme,"ring a ring of roses."

  • ta ta (01/09/2012, 23:34) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Hadassah your time will come again!
  • round and round she goes (02/09/2012, 23:25) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    the world is round!
  • keep it real (03/09/2012, 23:02) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    many of us miss you hadassah and are now working in fair
  • for the haters (27/12/2012, 22:05) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Who said something about degree and common sense? You won't EVER find a Director with more common sense as Hadassah. All the haters know that as well. All the best in your new position Hadassah!!

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