Georges honoured as stalwart Disaster Management

Friday, 26th June 2015 by VINO

When his name was called yesterday June 25, 2015 to step forward to be honoured by the Department of Disaster Management DDM, outgoing Complaints Commissioner Mr Elton Georges, CMG, OBE took almost thirty seconds before he could have lifted a foot

“Why you guys do this to me?” he said as he was pleasantly surprised at the adulation showered on him being deemed a ‘stalwart’ in disaster management in the Virgin Islands (VI).

“Mr Elton Georges is a stalwart for disaster management in the BVI and has been known to be a champion for the programme for many years. That statement will hold true under any degree of scrutiny,” Information and Education Manager at DDM Philomena N. Robertson told those gathered at yesterday’s meeting of the National Disaster Management Council (NDMC).

According to Ms Robertson, Mr Georges witnessed the evolution of disaster management in the VI, from its origin as far back as the 1970s, and was instrumental in forming the Office of Disaster Preparedness which has grown into what is known now as the Department of Disaster Management. It was under his tutelage, Robertson added, that the current director gained experience in the industry.

It was stated that although he’s no longer involved in the day to day operation of the DDM, Mr Georges is a reliable source they can always turn to and one who is quick to advise or admonish when necessary.

“The accreditation achievement could not have been possible without the foundation that was laid many years ago and the careful steps taken in building a resilient programme and ensuring careful documentation of plans and processes,” said Ms Robertson.

Meanwhile, Mr Georges will say goodbye to the Office of the Complaints Commissioner when he proceeds on leave on July 1, 2015, the same day that Mrs Sheila N. Brathwaite’s appointment as the new Commissioner takes effect.