Guyanese Association to Hold Elections for New Board.

~Nominations set for Wednesday night~

PHILIPSBURG:— The St. Maarten Guyanese Association (SMGA) is calling for nominations as it prepares to hold an election for a new board on August 29, 2018.

SMGA President, Malcolm Mickle said persons wishing to run for office must be registered members with dues paid up for the year (January to August) and must have supported or attended at least three events hosted by the association in the election year, which started in October 2017.

Mickle stressed that elections will be done by nominations on Wednesday, August 23, 2018 during a general meeting at the 158B Back Street office in Philipsburg. Meeting time is 7:30pm. Nominees must have a good reputation in the community and only eligible voters will receive a ballot paper. He is encouraging all Guyanese to turn out and make their vote count as the board of the association stands ready to represent all residents who share Guyanese heritage.

SMGA was formed in 2015 after the St. Maarten Guyanese Foundation led by the late Courtney Gibson fell dormant. Its first board comprised Neville Mars as president, now Honorary Consul Cleveland Beresford as treasurer, and George Mars as Secretary. Today, the board is made up of a president (Malcolm Mickle), interim vice president (Maureen Fortune), treasurer (Mark Daniels), assistant treasurer (George Mars), Secretary (Aiesha Daniels), assistant secretary (Sharon Layne), public relations officer (Kim Lucas-Felix), assistant public relations officer (Milton Pieters), and members Vanessa Fraser (events coordinator), Joshua Schwiers, Bernard Inniss, and Colin Morris.

The purpose of the association, as outline in its constitution, is to look after the legal, moral, cultural, social, economic and general interest of its members. The association seeks to attain these objectives through helping with the integration into the St. Maarten community and providing support for its members in areas of need. Persons interested in learning more can contact SMGA President, Mr. Malcolm Mickle on 524-9587.

Source: St. Martin News Network