West Bay community group looking for volunteers

In conjunction with the opening of the West Bay Public Library and Learning Centre in 2009, the West Bay CODAC donated $3,000 towards the purchase of children's books and youth literacy.

A group of West Bay residents aiming to make some positive changes in the community is looking for volunteers.

Lennon Christian, Margely Reve and Fadey Powery are trying to revive the West Bay Community Development Action Committee, known as West Bay CODAC.

The non-political group made up of community volunteers was established in 1993 with the aim of addressing issues affecting the community, like illegal drugs, educating youth to make more positive choices, promoting closer relationships between parents and children, and fostering the return of community spirit with drug-free social activities, a press release states.

Since its inception, nearly 40 people from the district have served as board members, and the group has carried out many projects, assisting the elderly and youth, doing district beautification, supporting Neighborhood Watch, and hosting police and education-related meetings.

“We focused on and addressed what we thought were the most urgent issues for our communities at the time,” said deputy chair Ms. Reve.

“Our motto is ‘Positive action for a better West Bay,’ and among the many projects the group carried out in the past included a district Christmas tree lighting attended by the governor, socials and functions for the elderly, district cleanups when they were discontinued by government, cemetery maintenance and cleaning up derelict properties,” she said.

“We also did a lot programs for parents and children, supporting activities at churches, schools, and even putting on a Valentine’s dinner for couples, among other things.”

Ms. Reve said that for a number of years, with some of the group’s members deceased and the launch of district councils, it was felt that there would not be a need for an active district CODAC.

The West Bay CODAC's 2009 donation to the West Bay Public Library tied in with its aims to support youth in the community.
The West Bay CODAC’s 2009 donation to the West Bay Public Library tied in with its aims to support youth in the community.

“However, we think it is fair to say that seeing the district council never really taking off, our district has suffered throughout the years by not having a community group like CODAC, nor a full-time community development officer as West Bay and George Town presently share one, due to the government’s budgetary constraints.”

As a result, Ms. Reve said the remaining members of West Bay CODAC are now looking to revitalize the group.

“We would like to have the community’s support to allow the group to continue making improvements and facilitating growth, activities and togetherness within our district,” said Ms. Reve.

“We are therefore appealing to our West Bay community to come forward and support us.”

She said the group wishes to hold new elections and elect a new, vibrant body that can assist in taking the group into the future.

“We know that sometimes it is difficult for working persons to give a lot of time to a group such as this so we are also appealing to persons who may be retired or resident here and looking for something to get involved in,” Ms. Reve said.

“We would like to get some of our elderly residents involved – some of our best support in the past has been from the elderly.”

She said the group also wishes to establish a youth arm. “It is therefore necessary to get some of our vibrant young persons to come on board,” she said.

“We also make a special appeal to the men of our district and to the businesses – we need you, we need your support. Those persons who are interested in seeing our district beautified are encouraged to come and support our community group as well.”

Ms. Reve, along with the group’s retiring chair Mr. Christian and member Mr. Powery say they are keen to pursue the initiative as they see it as an ideal way to start accomplishing a lot of objectives.

“We want to bring our community back together, we want to strengthen the family unit, our elderly and youth and other support programs; and we want to make West Bay the best place for us to live and raise our children and future generations,” said Ms. Reve.

“There is a lot of work to be done and while there is a job for everyone, no matter your abilities, we want some people who are ready to roll up their sleeves and get to work. Pulling our community back together might not be easy but we believe it can be done.”

Interested parties can email [email protected] with their contact information. Details of the elections will be disseminated once a date and venue are confirmed.