About the Candidate
Profession/Occupation: Social Worker
Birthday: December 9
Marital Status: Widow
Cecilia Ann John is a firm believer that smiles make the world a better place – and her friendly disposition is proof of that belief.
Cecilia is also an accomplished social worker who works with people and communities on a daily basis to achieve their personal and developmental goals by seeking and oftentimes creating solutions to the issues on hand.
Born in Sauteurs, St. Patrick, Cecilia has grown into her role as a social worker and advocate, achieving certification from a several regional academic institutions:
• Family Life Education (Hons.); Advanced Training and Research In Fertility Management, University of the West Indies, Mona Jamaica.
• Diploma in Social Development; St. Francis Xavier University, Nova Scotia, Canada.
• Certificate: Principles & Practices of Social Work; The University of the West Indies, Mona Jamaica
• Certificate: Early Childhood Development Course: Child Welfare Training Centre CANSAVE, St. Vincent
• Certificate of Competence in NVQ Level IV; Assessor (NCTVET) Jamaica
• Certificate of Achievement, Mediation Skills Training; Court Connected Mediator, Judicial Education Institute of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court
• Certificate: Working Resourcefully with Parents; The University of the West Indies Distance Teaching, Mona, Jamaica.
In her professional life, Cecilia has donned many hats, including those of counsellor, coordinator, evaluator, and facilitator. She has served as Assistance Nurse, Early Childhood Day Care Supervisor, and Country Operations Manager, with NCH Action for Children; Acting Director of Grenada Save the Children Agency; and Coordinator of the Integrated Community Development Programme.
Her professional affiliations have placed her in a number of distinguished roles, locally and internationally, inclusive of:
• Grenada Correspondent, International Social Service (ISS)
• Member, International Forum for Child Welfare (IFCW)
• Member, Testing & Evaluation Team, Pathways to Parenting
• Chairperson, Grenada Adoption
• Chairperson, Grenada National Coalition on the Rights of the Child
She has also represented Grenada, presenting on the status of Grenada’s children at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, and made other presentations internationally.
As the NDC candidate for St. Patrick East, Cecilia is well aware of the shortcomings produced by years of neglect, and their effect on the Constituency and its people. Unemployment, inequality, inadequate and poor housing conditions, lack of market access for the farmers’ produce, and limited access to land ownership, continue to adversely affect the outlook and quality of life.
She is committed to working with people of every political colour, to bring people and jobs back to rural Grenada – this as part of an NDC-led thrust to investment in people development; in order to support sustainable rural economic growth and social development.
My Vision for St. Patrick East
Dear Friends of St. Patrick,
Thank you for electing me as your National Democratic Congress (NDC) candidate for the Constituency of St. Patrick East. I am indeed humbled and grateful for your confidence in me. As a true patriot, I am excited about the future of our beautiful country, Grenada, under the administration of the NDC.
As you opened your arms and doors to me, and engaged me in discussion, I took the opportunity to listen attentively to the many challenges, issues and concerns you raised. The NDC’s Policy Agenda document for 2017-2030, titled Investing in the Future Today, addresses those everyday issues facing people like you, and families like yours – education, training, employment, health care, social justice, and socio-economic issues such as job creation, the elderly, and physically and mentally-challenged persons.
I will work with you (as I already do) to transform the rural communities into places where you can remain to live and work, instead of having to make the rural-to-urban shift that negatively impacts our families (especially children and the elderly), and our pockets. I have already assisted several farmers to find markets for their produce, got young entrepreneurs to start their own small businesses, and offered counselling to those who needed it.
But I also believe that together, we can do more as a community, to create new employment opportunities in manufacturing, agribusiness, co-operatives, local tourism, modernisation of the agriculture sector, and the establishment of a farmers’ market. Emphasis will also be placed on family life education, youth development, and civic awareness.
On Election Day, let us continue the journey that we started together, to better lives for every one of the people of St. Patrick East. Your vote is the key to amplifying the positive effects of our efforts, which have already benefitted several persons in this community. Together, we can do much more!
Let us fix Grenada together by putting people first.
With best wishes,
Cecilia Ann John
St. Patrick East