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'VIP is not hungry for power' – Sharie B. de Castro

- said Virgin Islands is hungry for change & VIP is the right government to make the change
The intelligent and talented Sharie B. de Castro lamented the hardships that people of the Virgin Islands are facing and said that the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) is not hungry for power but rather that people of the VI are hungry for change and the VIP is the right government for the job. Photo: VINO
Former school teacher and Miss BVI, Sharie B. de Castro believes there is an extraordinary window of opportunity that has opened in the 7th District since Mrs Oleanvine Pickering-Maynard has decided to step up and represent the people. 'She is committed to putting country above self. She belongs to a grassroots movement where people matter. Let us give this powerful woman an opportunity to show you how the job should be done. She is ready. She is willing and she is capable.' Photo: VINO
Former school teacher and Miss BVI, Sharie B. de Castro believes there is an extraordinary window of opportunity that has opened in the 7th District since Mrs Oleanvine Pickering-Maynard has decided to step up and represent the people. 'She is committed to putting country above self. She belongs to a grassroots movement where people matter. Let us give this powerful woman an opportunity to show you how the job should be done. She is ready. She is willing and she is capable.' Photo: VINO
Ms Sharie B. de Castro was hailed by senior Virgin Islands Party member Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) as one of the brightest young minds in the territory and who has a genuine desire to make a contribution to the development of the Virgin Islands. Photo: VINO
Ms Sharie B. de Castro was hailed by senior Virgin Islands Party member Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) as one of the brightest young minds in the territory and who has a genuine desire to make a contribution to the development of the Virgin Islands. Photo: VINO
LONG LOOK, Tortola, VI – “Contrary to the current government, the VIP is not hungry for power; instead we understand that our people in the BVI are hungry for change. Real change requires a new type of government – A Virgin Islands Party government,” explained young Territorial At Large candidate Sharie B. de Castro.

This was a message taken to the people of the Seventh District on May 18, 2015 at a public meeting held at The Stickett in Long Look. “Yes, BVI we are hungry for change. Our people are hungry for jobs. Our civil servants are hungry for their increments.”

Bush cutting & ghut cleaning contracts not enough

De Castro told the masses that as young people they can no longer accept politicians who only whet appetites with handouts like bush cutting and ghut cleaning contracts. “Our youth are hungry for opportunities in advancement of education and entrepreneurship. Our young adults are hungry to own land and homes. Our people have been starved by victimisation and are hungry for equal representation,” she declared.

The former Miss BVI further said the VIP is not a party of slogans and billboards but of real possibilities and will be honest with the people. Noting that some changes will take a few weeks or months, others can be made within one year and others may take a full term but nonetheless the VIP will plan and ensure that the people's voice is recognised in the process and will work together to get the job done.

Pickering-Maynard is willing & able

According to Ms de Castro, residents of Long Look can no longer be satisfied with having just enough. “There has never been a better time to break this stronghold of power than right now. With this election on June 8 we have the opportunity of a lifetime. It means absolutely nothing if we don’t take advantage of it in the lifetime of this opportunity,” she said.

The former school teacher further stated that she believes there is an extra-ordinary window of opportunity that has opened in the 7th District since Mrs Oleanvine Pickering-Maynard has decided to step up and represent the people. “She is committed to putting country above self. She belongs to a grassroots movement where people matter. Let us give this powerful woman an opportunity to show you how the job should be done. She is ready. She is willing and she is capable.”

People have had enough

She said a 20/20 vision for Long Look has begun and clarity has come for the district and that a growing number of people in the Virgin Islands (VI) have clearly had enough. “You want change. I understand that many of you are even distrusting of the political system. Having been badly burnt and mistreated you may not be sure who to trust. But I believe this next general election has the potential to transform politics in the BVI forever,” she told the gathering.

“As voters you have been offered a real choice by a party that is serious about breaking the mould.”

Ms de Castro also spoke about the hardships that people are facing and that many can’t seem to make ends meet. This is particularly disturbing since the NDP keeps boasting of having some $90M in savings yet have been unwilling to inject money into the ailing economy, while people struggle to meet their rents and other bills and children go to school hungry.

“Have you gone to the supermarket lately and when the cashier handed you back your money, you wondered where the rest of your change is? In the BVI we are paying a lot for a little: spending a dime for things when we are only earning a nickel. Let me break it down. When you pay for something you expect value for money. When you pay your taxes you expect to get change, change in the cost of living and food, change in unemployment, change in schools and change in healthcare just to name a few,” said Ms deCastro.

Of the record number of 12 women on the list of candidates contesting the General Election set for June 8, 2015, Ms de Castro has been recognised and confirmed by the Supervisor of Elections Ms Juliette Penn as the youngest. A recognised poet, who is regarded as one of the brightest young minds in the territory, Ms de Castro is vying for an At-Large seat on the VIP slate.

“Look at the Virgin Islands Party, 6 men, 6 women and a visionary chairman. Also as a young person running on the VIP ticket, I am a testament of this party’s commitment of boldness and willingness to allow more young people in the BVI the opportunity to go to the front line,” Ms de Castro further stated.

24 Responses to “'VIP is not hungry for power' – Sharie B. de Castro”

  • Young (26/05/2015, 09:25) Like (81) Dislike (21) Reply
    We are pushing the youths this election. Go Sharie go small axes cut down big trees. You are a voice for the voiceless. Great pick VIP , Sharie can do it. You are a force to be reconned with and I will place my future in your hands.
  • Schups (26/05/2015, 09:31) Like (48) Dislike (135) Reply
    Girl go sit down for heaven's sake.
  • true tolian (26/05/2015, 10:16) Like (21) Dislike (116) Reply
    If the VIP is not after power,then they are after the treasury
  • just saying..... (26/05/2015, 10:18) Like (28) Dislike (14) Reply
    Good point senator de castro
  • tola (26/05/2015, 10:26) Like (43) Dislike (5) Reply
    Oh we have so much respect for this lady she maybe small in body but a very powerful woman a powerful voice and I believe she will be there for the people of the BVI she is a people person and have such a great heart. You will be a dynamic leader ms DE'CASTRO so don't worry about the haters. It's just a shame how some people cannot open there eyes and see what's going on with the ndp, a careless and heartless government it may he this one person on the ndp government doing good and because the rest is no good will make the one person look bad because they are a team oh so shameful because of the behavior with the ndp government I switch not to mitch but the the VIP party
  • facts man (26/05/2015, 10:53) Like (22) Dislike (10) Reply
    i for one will vote for sharie over myron any day or night..she stong brave and honest
  • lmao (26/05/2015, 11:28) Like (21) Dislike (55) Reply
    Poor child doesn't even know what is happening around her.
  • Concern 1 (26/05/2015, 11:35) Like (14) Dislike (11) Reply
    GO SHARIE GO. WE ARE HERE FOR YOU AND WE HEAR YOUR VOICE AND AND OUR VOICES WILL BE HEARD ON THE 8TH BY OUR VOTES.
  • Enough already (26/05/2015, 11:54) Like (12) Dislike (15) Reply
    I commend you as a yound person Sherry, but please stop telling us what we need but how you plan on giving us what we need. What are you going to do different when you get in? All I'm hearing from the VIP is what the people want but no idea as to how they going to give us what we want. Is like yall jus selling books with blank pages.
    • patience (26/05/2015, 13:10) Like (12) Dislike (3) Reply
      She has identified the needs. Next she will layout the plans to get there. Patience, patience, patience.
  • voter (26/05/2015, 12:29) Like (8) Dislike (21) Reply
    OK girl please sit down let the adults handle this election thing
  • fish (26/05/2015, 12:30) Like (15) Dislike (8) Reply
    She is done a winner
    • A winner where???? Not she (26/05/2015, 13:52) Like (5) Dislike (6) Reply
      For heavens sake please realize the big dogs to choose from in at large category...this is no joke and no kid n play time.
  • Blogs (26/05/2015, 12:57) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    Blogs taking certain sides or the amount of likes on certain blogs is not votes, nor will it determine who will win. :)
  • change (26/05/2015, 13:15) Like (10) Dislike (9) Reply
    As I recall, the BVI already voted for change 3 and a half years ago from under the 40 spell of the past government. The rest of the Caribbean is only now following suit. Ms. DeCastro are you supporting change or a change back. How could that be forward thinking. Just saying
  • good gal (26/05/2015, 13:21) Like (8) Dislike (5) Reply
    Mr. Fahie--I agree with you..I think she is brilliant and will represent youths well, not just in the BVI, but the region..My at -large votes are--Dr. Smith, Dr, Dawson, Myron and Shae De Castro---honestly though, I prefer Dr. Smith as Premier.
    • Think bigger (26/05/2015, 22:09) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Yes i understand your rationale but you better think bigger than who you believe could do well versus who has a proven track record....with that said.....re-visit your choices....because the next four years isnt anything to play with....no time for testers.....we want proven leaders !!!
  • Big Ups to You! (01/06/2015, 10:48) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Totally agree with you Sharie, the VIP is not power hungry. The VIP reps are not campaigning for the other party trying to get rid of one of their district reps so that they do not become premier when the premier decides to step down. Isn't that power hungry behaviour?


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