Antonio Aventurin new Chair of NIPA board

CAY HILL–Education Ministry official Antonio Aventurin is the new Chairperson of the board of Advanced Vocational Education (AVE), which oversees National Institute for Professional Advancement (NIPA).

Aventurin, as well as the other members of the new board, met with NIPA staffers on Wednesday, March 23.

The other members of the board are Vice Chairperson Peggy-Ann Dros-Richardson, who represents the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour VSA; Secretary Annuska Illis-Friday, who represents St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce and Industry (COCI); Treasurer Travis Mc Quilken, representing Windward Islands Chamber of Labour Unions (WICLU) and board members Van Dyke Bell, representing the Foundation for Academic and Vocational Education (FAVE); Wilhelmus de Visser, representing SVOBE school board and Peggy Ann Brandon representing COCI.

During the meeting with staffers, Aventurin addressed staffers and fielded questions from them. The board emphasized its willingness to work with staff and get the Institute to the level where it needs to be.

The new board was officially installed on March 15, and according to a NIPA press release, made it a priority to meet with NIPA staffers and update them on what the board has been up to. “Employees were delighted by the open conversation and transparency… during the meeting and they were particularly excited about the question-and-answer segment, in which they were able to share some of their concerns,” NIPA said in the release.

The meeting was followed by a meet and greet, where board members and staffers got a chance to interact in a more informal setting. NIPA said staffers were also informed that same evening, that their April salaries were ready “which is the earliest staff has been paid” since the Institute opened.

Source: The Daily Herald Antonio Aventurin new Chair of NIPA board


  1. Sounds like a move on the right direction, who would be the director of the school? No business represented on the board from any of the resorts???