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UPDATE: JVD Action Committee formed

Some of the members of the newly formed JVD Action Committee. Photo: supplied
Philicianno ‘Foxy’ Callwood, OBE wants JVD out of the 2nd District and into the 1st District. Photo:VINO/File
Philicianno ‘Foxy’ Callwood, OBE wants JVD out of the 2nd District and into the 1st District. Photo:VINO/File
GREAT HARBOUR, Jost Van Dyke, VI – Residents of Jost Van Dyke gathered yesterday March 17, 2013 to officially form an Action Committee that has been charged with bringing back the island’s "glory of the past".

The newly elected chairman of the Jost Van Dyke Action Committee, Mr Gregory Callwood, expressed that the group has a passion for keeping the island clean and has already commenced work around the community with their involvement in intensive island-wide clean-ups over the past few weeks.

Through the group, it is hoped that youths can be empowered by the influence of heroes within the community such as Ivan and Joyce Chinnery, Philicianno "Foxy" Callwood OBE , Rudolph George and others.

The committee has been elected to serve for a two-year period and the chairman also expressed hope that the youth within the community could be influenced in the direction of taking up trades such as fishing and farming as well as an interest in music.

Other elected officials of the committee include: Ricky Callwood (Vice Chairman), Selena Chinnery (Secretary), Kevin Penn (Vice Secretary), Sendrick Chinnery (Treasurer) and Rajah Smith (Vice Treasurer).

Meetings are scheduled for Sundays while the group meets for clean-up activities each Thursday.

Members of the group can be reached at the information below:

Gregory Callwood 284 540 8373 or; Ricky Callwood 284 544 5170

Donations can be made to the Treasurer, Sendrick Chinnery who can be reached on 1 284 499 0952.

See previous story posted February 12, 2013:

‘Foxy’ Callwood wants JVD out of 2nd District

JVD residents meet to form Action Committee; target disunity 

GREAT HARBOUR, Jost Van Dyke, VI – “I just don’t like to see the way the island is moving, what we’re doing… there is no group, no togetherness so I’m just trying to get us to come together as human beings,” related Philicianno ‘Foxy’ Callwood, OBE.

He indicated that he was prompted by the condition of Jost Van Dyke (JVD) and the state of its beaches to convene a meeting of indigenous Virgin Islanders on the island to discuss the issues affecting the people with the ultimate aim of forming an action committee.

Mr Callwood expressed concern that JVD was once able to stand on its own and conveyed a sense of independence which was no longer there, “we used to export agriculture to St Thomas twice a month, now everything that we put to our mouth we have to import,” said Foxy.

The owner of Foxy’s Bar on JVD added, “I think we are more than that, we can do better than that… the only thing is we’re not together so… I’m trying to do something like that.”

When the meeting was called this past Sunday, February 11, 2013 there were a total of thirteen (13) persons that turned up, an encouraging sign for Foxy, who explained that he had received no negative feedback in making his request for the meeting.

He disclosed that the meeting was only the first of many to come and through this body he was hoping persons could express their feelings about what truly affected them on the island.

During the meeting, residents talked about the garbage situation, improvements needed for public restrooms and lack of unity on the island among other things.

Back to the First

Foxy expressed a strong desire to have the island moved to being represented under the First District, noting that he felt there was no representation for the island at the moment.

“I don’t feel [JVD residents] feel under represented, I don’t think they have any [representation],” Foxy declared while adding that he did not see any representation for the island apart from just talk.

“All I’m saying is I’d like to see us get out of [District 2] and go back to [District 1].”

Key concerns

Mr Callwood saw education as being the most important issue that needed to be addressed for the island. “Kids have to wake up and get themselves on the dock at 7 A.M. and sometimes they’re not back home until the stars are out… you know what those children could have been doing for themselves [during] those hours of travelling in cars and boats?” he asked.

He felt that they could be learning other things or doing something more constructive that would benefit them. Foxy’s vision was one whereby children could be educated at JVD from ‘kindergarten right up to high school’.

The concerned JVD resident explained that after a certain grade in school, students have to take a ferry to West End, then take a car all the way to Road Town in Tortola in order to receive their education.

Health issues affecting JVD was another concern that Foxy felt needed to be addressed. “We have a nurse here – which is very good – and we have a clinic, but I can see [with] the amount of tourists and the amount of people living here… I can see the future giving us a little hospital,” Foxy said.

According to Foxy, there should be a doctor on island 24 hours a day, “not just every Thursday”. Additionally, he felt that there should be a place where you can have 3-4 beds, “so that if something happens, an emergency, you don’t have to run in the middle of the night to catch a boat, go to [Tortola] and get an ambulance…”

“I think we can do a little better than what we are doing,” he expressed.

The group is next scheduled to meet on February 17, 2013 at 6:30 P.M. at Foxy’s Tamarind Bar.

34 Responses to “UPDATE: JVD Action Committee formed ”

  • JVD MASSIVE (12/02/2013, 07:57) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    well saw he is an NDP so hope they listen to him!
    • eat care (12/02/2013, 10:10) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      no worries Foxy you can buy JVD
    • george w. touch (12/02/2013, 12:31) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      I just found out yesterday that this is the Chinese New Year and that this is the year of the SNAKE...

  • POPE (12/02/2013, 08:47) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    But noooo... Foxy Just sit right there, keep wid ya going on, and pocket your fat cat earnings!!!

    • frog (12/02/2013, 13:24) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
      Foxy may make a lot of money but he contributes to the preservation of JVD, and helps with environmental studies etc. He is trying to protect the very bread and butter he benefits from. Too bad more people on Tortola don't think about that. He is making money in the sand! He doesn't need big and flashy.
  • yes we can (12/02/2013, 08:57) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Thank you Mr Callwood!
  • Lee (12/02/2013, 09:36) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mr. Foxy you don’t need to move JVD from the second District, we need to move Alvin Christopher from the second District, because he is not doing anything for the Districts except his Campaign people.
  • Ning (12/02/2013, 09:42) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
    He has a point, but I don't think the issues surrounding these islands have much to do with lack of representation only. It's a matter of being spoiled by Government for too long. A lot of these businesses combined make millions over the years so why don't they pool funds and get stuff going on their own? You are on an island. Ask Government for assistance, no doubt. Government should provide police, customs, health and other services. But if you can pool and get certain things done yourself, then do it. Your business depends on it. Stuff like the garbage issue and what's not. There are enough people over there to come up with a solution. The problem is greed and infighting that's why these places are running down, every man for himself. In the old days people fend for themselves and there was unity. Now it's all about the greenbacks. get with the program.
    • wongchichi (12/02/2013, 10:07) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      For the most part the people on JVD do not depend on the Gov't to deal with the day to day matters... Ultimately the things that have been discussed in this are the Gov't responsibility. Education, Health etc. the island is being neglected and its thankful for the residents that it hasn't falllen by the wayside but more definitely needs to be done on the gov't side.
      • Ning (12/02/2013, 11:31) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
        wongchichi I understand you 100%. The Government must take charge of Health, Security, Education and have neglected these outer islands. But I still stand by my point that a lot of these islands that benefit greatly from tourism can do a lot for themselves instead of waiting for government. It's a slippery slope but it can only get better with a unified effort and a level of independence. They should take care of themselves and if they continue to be neglected by government, as soon as election come and the politicians come over there talking, loose some dogs after them or just simply boycott all their events. Talk is cheap, money buy land and action conquers all.
        • wongchichi (12/02/2013, 14:53) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
          Don't know if you have been to JVD lately but they don't lack in the doing things for themselves department I can assure you. The problem they face is similar in a way to anegada as far as the representative goes...they can ignore the politician all they want but at the end its as simple as they dont have the numbers to vote anyone out. And there is little connection between the 2nd district and jvd compared to the way the 1st and jvd were intertwined and still are. And all things given if anything I think both them and anegada would do good with a rep of their own...Take two of the at large spots and get them constitutionally changed to be the 10th and 11th districts .... there are people capable of representing these islands very well if given the chance, people who live or have lived there who understand the dynamic and social makeup of each island to better represent them.
  • white bay voter (12/02/2013, 10:06) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    the NDP is going to screw us and these islands right up until the last minute they are governing.

    • Nah so! (25/03/2013, 10:47) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Think they are any worse than VIP?? None of them come JVD and never mind the words, nor the men in suits who come off the ferry at 10.30 have lunch and go back at 2pm NONE of them do s*%#t for JVD. Tortola and VG are the ones who take all - specially them VG when VIP was in power.
  • critic (12/02/2013, 10:33) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Jost van dykes has 5 representatives, so what foolishness he here talking?
  • ausar (12/02/2013, 11:41) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Foxy, why is it that JVD keeps voting for Christopher?

    I'm not understanding the logic.

  • same old (12/02/2013, 12:24) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Holy Sh...Is there anybody going act on the request of te people of Jost van Dyke?
  • bigger picture (12/02/2013, 12:38) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    I agree with Foxy. Just from logistics reasoning, if the main transport is through west end and any change in the ferry dock also concerns JVD, it makes sense that the island be under district one. I also lament the loss of community working together to make the smaller things happen. Yes. Gov is responsible ultimately for Health, Education etc. But I remember the produce coming off JVD and Carrot for that matter. Foxy is also the main supporter of the JVD Preservation Society which monitors archeology, preservation of the island. It also has been on the forefront of extensive environmental studies as a model for the rest of the BVIs, but no one else has moved in that direction.
    If civic groups can be established around the islands to clean, clear, paint, pool and establish resources into community efforts, that would take heat off the government in favour of on the spot advocates who understand what is needed. WIth Neighbourhood associations around the territory, civic blocks created would be a formatible force to combat neglect and force attention through voting.
  • mAN uP (12/02/2013, 12:47) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    Only a retard would Vote for someone like Claude.
    Unfortunately we seem to have more than our fair share of them here in the second district.

    • SOS (12/02/2013, 13:42) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
      @ manup all the retards voted once again for a man that has done absolutely nothing and will continue to do nothing for the second district. How long has Alvin been in politics representing the second district. in my opinion too damn long. He has done absolutely nothing, Sounds like you are the biggest retard. Some of us can't even begin to think about walking in Claude's shoes.
      • Integrity (12/02/2013, 14:35) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
        Claude still have Detroit saga hanging over his head! Certainly won't want to be walking in those shoes.
  • perfect pineapple (12/02/2013, 14:35) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    its not about a politican, they r all the same. BUT EVERY MAN, WOMAN, BOY, AND GIRL PASS THROUGH WEST END EVERY DAY EVERY DAY
  • off (12/02/2013, 15:47) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    fox\y got some hided agenda
  • Well Well (12/02/2013, 21:29) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    There are now three Action Ccommitte within the 2nd district against The Current Rep. Something's is wrong.
  • big girl rules (12/02/2013, 23:40) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is not a political issue we have to be patriotic and put our country first

  • wise-up (15/02/2013, 23:29) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    2015, Foxy for 2nd district; does in favour ??????
  • qc (18/03/2013, 15:17) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    what dem callow boy up tp now?
  • island man (18/03/2013, 15:32) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    any concrete policy proposals????? or is this just a talk shop?????
  • pic (18/03/2013, 19:42) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    we got a concrete policy shine our lights so the whole world can see who is the original for a better JVD and who is the Copy JVD ACTION COMMITTEE IS THE WAY FOR A BETTER JVD REAL TALK
  • pelican (18/03/2013, 20:24) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    this is exactly what I am talking about. If a district needs help, form a neighbourhood aliance and do it yourself. The side affects are that the more organized a group is the more powerful the voting block and demands for attention on issues. Neighbourhood associations are very important and useful. I wish District one had one to help Andrew see issues and direction of the area right down to historic preservation and protection of smugglers cove and cutting back of west end ferry dock, and more public meetings about carrot bay, etc. An association can make more happen faster.
    • residents (19/03/2013, 04:39) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      and they are capable of filling the role of talking about the needs of the people of Jost Van Dyke to the max. Blessings!

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