Grenada Planned Parenthood Association (GPPA), a non-profit organisation has announced the appointment of seven new members to serve on its Board of Directors.
The new members include two physicians, youth representatives and persons with financial, educational and youth work qualifications. The new board members were installed with effect from August 29.
The new board comprises Desmond John (President), Kennedy Roberts (Vice President), Allan Bierzynski (Treasurer), Yvonne Thomas (Secretary), Karen Lewis and Kemrol Bernard (Youth Reps) and Floor members Dr. Kecia Brooks-Smith-Lowe, Ayanna Williams, Kerlin Charles, Che Cummings, Yusuf Benn and Dr. Jennifer Rooney.
GPPA Executive Director, Jeannine Sylvester Gill, thanked those who had served on the outgoing board and welcomed the new members.
“Serving on the board of a thriving non-profit like Grenada Planned Parenthood Association requires dedication, time, and a commitment to improving our communities. We are incredibly grateful for the service of our past board members for providing their time and talents to strengthening our organisation and providing a positive impact on the lives with which we are entrusted. Thank you for your service”, she told a brief ceremony.
“It is always exciting to welcome new members to the board, who bring with them a fresh perspective and a different personal approach. I know that their service will provide tremendous benefits to the board and organization as a whole”, she said.
The new President also addressed the gathering.
He said: “As our board continues to evolve, we have been able to move forward and progress because of the diversity of our membership. I am personally grateful to have served with those members whose terms have ended and to welcome our newest members on board. Grenada Planned Parenthood Association is a great organization that serves the needs of nearly 2,500 clients and we are fortunate for the leadership we have serving on our clients’ behalves.”
The GPPA, a non-profit organisation with head office based in St. George’s, operates two facilities which provide sexual and reproductive health care throughout the country.
It meets the growing needs of its clients through an array of services, including family planning counselling, contraceptives and services.
The mission of the association is to provide dedicated Sexual and Reproductive Health services that improve the quality of life of Grenadians through advocacy, communication, educatin and related services.
The new Board of the GPPA has been tasked with executing existing and developing new action plans of the organisation.
One such task will be the implementation of new services offered at the clinics. Clients and visitors could look forward to paternity and rapid HIV testing being offered within the last quarter of 2013 and early 2014 to begin with.