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Disrespectful! Hon Flax-Charles says she was rebuked for looking out for VG

- alleged sexism against a certain Chairman of a Statutory Board
Junior Minister for Tourism, Honourable Shereen D. Flax-Charles (AL) has alleged being rebuked by a Chairman of a statutory board for trying to represent Virgin Gorda. Photo: VINO/File
Junior Minister for Tourism and At Large Representative, Honourable Shereen D. Flax-Charles has vowed to continue to represent the cause of Virgin Gordians despite being rebuked by a Chairman of a statutory board for trying to look out for the interests of the Sister Island. Photo: Facebook
Junior Minister for Tourism and At Large Representative, Honourable Shereen D. Flax-Charles has vowed to continue to represent the cause of Virgin Gordians despite being rebuked by a Chairman of a statutory board for trying to look out for the interests of the Sister Island. Photo: Facebook
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Junior Minister for Tourism and Territorial At Large Representative, Honourable Shereen D. Flax-Charles said she was rebuked for always looking out for the people of Virgin Gorda by an unnamed Chairperson of a statutory board recently.

“Mr Speaker, I had the unfortunate encounter with a chairperson of a board while in a meeting speaking about certain projects. I mentioned a project on Virgin Gorda that can bring substantial revenue to the territory. I was told ‘I don’t want to hear Virgin Gorda out of your mouth! Virgin Gorda is coming out of your mouth too often’,” she said at the First Sitting of the Second Session of the Fourth House of Assembly (HoA) on Thursday, November 14, 2019.


“So I had to address it, it was on my chest. I could not come into this HoA today and not speak of this. It bothered me for two weeks that I barely slept. I would even venture, Mr Speaker, to say that Chairperson would not have said that to a male member of the HoA,” the Junior Tourism Minister added.

I put him in his place!

Hon Flax-Charles then told the HoA that she ‘put him (Chairperson) in his place!’ when he uttered those words to her.

She continued, “It is unconscionable, it is disrespectful that we should speak to each other in that manner. We promote that it is ‘One BVI’. I’m a Virgin Gordian, I am a British Virgin Islander, and most recently I am an At-Large-Representative of this territory. Therefore, I not only represent Virgin Gorda where I live, but I also represent every single district in this territory. If Tortola does well, the entire BVI does well if Virgin Gorda does well, Anegada does well, Jost van Dyke does well.”

Flax-Charles then questioned whether other persons would soon be rebuked for calling names of villages and islands.

“What are we coming to? Who will it be next? Will it be Tortola? Will I not be able to mention the word Tortola? Will any member of the House not be able to mention Baughers Bay, West End, Sea Cows Bay?” she asked.

Don’t let the power get to you

The vocal Representative then reprimanded the Chairperson and others like him to remain humble despite the position they hold.

“Please do not allow power and authority to get to your head! I think the Honorable R.T O’Neal would be saddened by this because as a Virgin Gordain he worked for the entire BVI,” she pointed out.

50 Responses to “Disrespectful! Hon Flax-Charles says she was rebuked for looking out for VG”

  • me again (15/11/2019, 17:13) Like (28) Dislike (20) Reply
    Tell them Hon Rep At Large
  • Here hear (15/11/2019, 17:32) Like (58) Dislike (26) Reply
    If you are not willing to name the offender then hush. It is unprofessional to say say without proof. Annoying and juvenile set of grown men and women with complaints but wont name the culprit just to waste time in attempt at being relevant. Nothing to address so move on to tangible issues and park your ego . You took care of it so u say so nothing here.
    • Jaigon (15/11/2019, 18:46) Like (26) Dislike (12) Reply

      @Here hear, clearly you are an unprofessional person. It will be unprofessional on the part of Hon. Flax- Charles to go into the HOA and name that individual. It is not in keeping with good governance and good principle. I will leave that for someone like Ma** who have no moral and ethical principle.

    • @Here Here (15/11/2019, 22:20) Like (15) Dislike (11) Reply
      I believe her.She don't have to say who the looking for a come up jerk is. The main thing is she shut the disrespectful male
    • Standing Orders (16/11/2019, 07:23) Like (9) Dislike (9) Reply
      It is against the rules of the House to call names under certain circumstances
      • understood (16/11/2019, 11:54) Like (24) Dislike (3) Reply
        However,referencing the specific location,date would,some identifier, would be a whole lot more professional and validity would have been added. Otherwise the tale gives an appearance of fake ,and does fit in with the image of the teller. Not a good look off stage..
  • ccc (15/11/2019, 18:17) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    Thing to talk
  • whatever (15/11/2019, 20:06) Like (10) Dislike (25) Reply
    "Put him in his place" wish I can say the same for your WIGS ...LMFAO
    • @Whatever (16/11/2019, 10:41) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
      LOL, and you need to make sure your tracks is not showing and your lace front is not so crocked.
    • @Whatever (16/11/2019, 15:36) Like (29) Dislike (3) Reply
      Finally someone give her a dose of her own poison.
  • Girllll (15/11/2019, 22:08) Like (4) Dislike (15) Reply
    I am glad you put the sexist dirty unprofessional pig in his place. Now me as a woman, I would have slapped every one of his crocked teeth down his throat. I don't want to hear Virgin Gorda out your mouth.Like he was talking to a child or a street person. And he call himself a professional. The people of Virgin Gorda need to pelt his backside with some big rocks or sic a pack of wild dogs on his backside if his identy is known. Unprofessional Niglet Coon.
    • To Grilll (16/11/2019, 15:38) Like (28) Dislike (3) Reply
      This woman always in a war with somebody. She needs to learn what it is to be an At-Large representative means.
  • It’s about who in power (15/11/2019, 22:13) Like (4) Dislike (5) Reply
    Well though I understand what Hon Andrew Fahie wants to do in looking out for his own. It must be noted that his own is frightening against each other for position. Likewise, these Board members are doing whatever it takes to put the expatriates out of a job, so that the very same Board members can put there own expats families and friends in these same statutory companies. But at the end of the day,Politicians will always be con artist to the unwise. So Hon Fahie put a leash on your Board members for some of these expats have endured a lot to build some of these statutory companies by being under paid, or being overworked and no overtime and when you talk they want to victimize you especially at 2-22-9-1-1.
  • Quiet Warrior (15/11/2019, 22:27) Like (16) Dislike (2) Reply
    Hon Flax-Charles, do not get too thin-skin; politicians have to have kin like an old wife fish. Goats, cows, sheep.....etc feel where they are tied. You are a Virgin Gordian so it I so no shame to advocate for Virgin Gorda. Virgin Gorda/Anegada should gets its fair share of the pie as the other districts. However, as 1 of 4 at large members, you must also advocate for the other 8 districts. You were right to read the statutory board member the riot act. Is their sexism, national origin, religious, race, disability......etc bias in the BVI? Yes. Nonetheless, we cannot jump to conclusion so quickly about specific bias.
  • another one termer (16/11/2019, 01:10) Like (30) Dislike (9) Reply
    leh she stay deh. she must b think VG alone put she in?
    • Challenger (16/11/2019, 15:41) Like (3) Dislike (25) Reply
      She might be a one termer, but she can run independent in VG and beat the current rep easily.
      • To Challenger (17/11/2019, 11:20) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
        With persons like you poorly advising her then she can only end up down the road of destruction.
  • vg boy (16/11/2019, 05:49) Like (9) Dislike (27) Reply
    Those crooked & selfish politicians in Tortola scared now because we finally got somebody to standup for VG & Anegada.
  • A True At Large (16/11/2019, 07:30) Like (9) Dislike (3) Reply
    Did you not hear her say all the things she is working on, The Visitors Center in Trellis Bay, 8 th District, The Carrot Bay Cultural Village, The 1st District, The Revitalization of Main Street, The 4th District, Brandywine Bay Redevelopment, The 7th District, The 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 6thmuch in store for you in the new year. AND THE LIST GOES ON AND ON. This woman is a POWERHOUSE. If Andrew dem will let her do her job.
    • Whoa (16/11/2019, 22:58) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
      Don't forget the Junior Minister post is not a legislated position. NDP just created the title but there is no power or real position being the junior Ministers. She soon cross the floor anyway.
  • All I will say (16/11/2019, 08:25) Like (9) Dislike (9) Reply
    These board members is realy threading on thin ice with their bad behaviour. Mr Premier, please get them in line before one of them get a good beat down or their mouth cave in..
  • Truth Hurts (16/11/2019, 08:50) Like (52) Dislike (11) Reply
    Truth is she and she sister only talk about VG like the rest of the islands don't matter. Don't go to things on the other islands only vg. Bank open and both front and center. Everything is VG no matter the cost. Our Little Dix Bay straight. Sickening. Ask her where the Dungeons are or how to get to Smugglers Cove. Bet they can't tell you.
    • L.hill (16/11/2019, 14:14) Like (4) Dislike (10) Reply
      You mad or na ? It's about time we get some light
    • Challenger (16/11/2019, 15:49) Like (7) Dislike (20) Reply
      You sound so dunce
      These two sisters been working in the tourism industry for years. Please don't be a fool, they both put food on the people's plate in the BVI
  • Oh My (16/11/2019, 10:13) Like (9) Dislike (11) Reply
    I am so glad that the behavior of Board Members is brought to light. the only thing is this behavior is going on long time where these members do not have a clue what is happening, insulting their senior employees and interfering with the day to day running of the organizations. I hope before their appointments to these positions they are told what their job description entails. Please appoint persons who have some idea about the portfolio.
  • District #6 (16/11/2019, 10:14) Like (13) Dislike (12) Reply
  • Valley (16/11/2019, 10:17) Like (4) Dislike (13) Reply
    God bless her for standing up to bullying
    • To valley (17/11/2019, 11:17) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
      You mean God bless that we find a bully that finally stand up to this bully. Shereen is too dam childish.
  • I keep saying (16/11/2019, 10:48) Like (4) Dislike (30) Reply
  • vg to the bone (16/11/2019, 12:23) Like (5) Dislike (25) Reply
  • Look out for BVI (16/11/2019, 13:37) Like (27) Dislike (2) Reply
    You were elected to look out for the BVI, not just VG, cut the crap.
    • Challenger (16/11/2019, 16:01) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      Poor you
      You lack comprehension.
      Had you read the article? It was clear what was said. Take another look at the article,and read slowly
    • One BVI? (18/11/2019, 10:01) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Clearly, she is looking out for the BVI - the BVI is no longer only Tortola, nor is Tortola only, the BVI. All the islands form this Territory. VG and the other islands have too-long been neglected. Why all the hate? When VG and the other islands are recognized and developed appropriately, the whole Territory benefits. When Tortola alone is the recipient of all the projects, development, etc, then Tortola gets overdone. Not good for anyone. Live and let live.
  • my my my (16/11/2019, 15:35) Like (24) Dislike (2) Reply
    I do not believe one word this disrespectful woman says.
  • Woman (16/11/2019, 16:05) Like (26) Dislike (3) Reply
    I am a woman who is from Virgin Gorda and I love me some VG. I do not believe this Honorable at all because she is just saying this to try to stay relevant. There's no one in VG or BVI more disrespectful than this woman has been and still is.
  • Not again (16/11/2019, 16:13) Like (39) Dislike (3) Reply
    I will not vote for this woman again. I realise that all she does is fuss, pull the woman rights card to divide the BVI and then pull the VG verses the rest of the BVI to further try to divide us. Any leader who thrives on division is not worthy of leading. By the way I am a woman but I need to call her out how I see her.
  • Have Respect (16/11/2019, 16:33) Like (3) Dislike (26) Reply
    If they think Hon Flax aint goin in for another term them lie... thank you Hon put um in them place yes... VG is the jewel of the BVI with out it the BVI wont get more than half of the revenue.
  • Hmm (16/11/2019, 18:15) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    So if she has an issue with how a particular chairman treat her then all this stuff about victimization still ain’t true?
  • So true (16/11/2019, 18:27) Like (8) Dislike (3) Reply
    Virgin Gorda is the Jewel of the BVI.Tell me, what does S**tty Road Town have to offer to the tourist sector, dirt, filth, tents lined up everywhere looking like a third world ghetto and toxic fumes in the air..At least Virgin Gorda is more pristine and clean.
  • FACE FACTS (17/11/2019, 05:17) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    The majority of Tolians don't like Virgin Gordians but Little Dix Bay jump-started the BVI economy from 1964. The late J.R. O'neal, a Virgin Gordian, played an integral role in the BVI's economy. KNOW YOUR HISTORY. If you have a problem with we VG people, lay down beside it. I was born in Tola but I am a Virgin Gordian to my backbone. In the event anyone has a problem with VG people, Anegada people or Jost Van Dyke people, Government should ensure that you make your contribution to the economy by paying a port fee whenever you visit these beautiful outer islands. Yes we are beautiful and I don't need your approval.
    • foreman (17/11/2019, 08:50) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      What utter rubbish are you spreading?!! We are all one BVI, I am a Tortolian and have many VG friends and family there. This is no time to inspire hatred. So please stop the nonsense and let’s get along to make the BVI a great place to live and visit.
    • BlahBlah (17/11/2019, 09:40) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      Put your money where your port hole is located and become independent of these VI.
      Such nonsensical ignorance.that you put forth
      is so lame. Grow up for chrisakes!
      These VI really need to up the educational aspect if the populace .
  • VG (17/11/2019, 09:05) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The answer is simple. PUSH and PUSH to remove the chairman at the end of his term. Maybe even sooner, if the contract terms allow it. Be the tough VG person you claim to be, don't let it slide or you may lose the next election.
    • @VG (17/11/2019, 11:26) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      That might be part of the answer but the other part is to have Hon. Shereen Flax-Charles grow up and stop trying to divide the BVI and she needs to be more respectful to we the people from Anegada to Jost Van Dyke. If not she will lose next elections.
  • VG Man says No surprise (17/11/2019, 11:33) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply

    Why is everyone surprised. dem life has been about bullying people. Once they is not in control then they try to mash up the organization. This is nothing new. they will try the same with the VIP. Wait and you all will see.

  • Hmm (18/11/2019, 06:17) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ayo think VG must always be a step child? No! We well represented!
  • Let Luce (19/11/2019, 06:06) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    She better go siddung if Vg had a representative for 40yrs with the most powers in government and didn't do, what you trying to prove? You better try and get the most of it cause your mouth and attitude will be your downfall.....

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