Community group gets new executive

The new Prospect Community Group executive team, from left, are Gaye Marie Smith, Des Ebanks, Sabrina Turner, Mark Rickman, Donald Bennie Moore, Kara Coe and Marilyn Conolly.

At its first meeting of 2017, the Prospect Community Group has appointed six officers elected to serve on its executive committee for the coming year.

The new executive committee members are Sabrina Turner (chair), Mark Rickman (deputy chair), Gaye Marie Smith (secretary), Marilyn Conolly (deputy secretary), Kara Coe (treasurer), and Des Ebanks (deputy treasurer).

According to a press release, the Prospect Community Group is made up of residents from the local area who have come together on a voluntary basis to make a positive difference in the community and provide assistance where possible to local residents in need. Formerly under the leadership of Carmen McField, the group has spearheaded a number of community initiatives, including area beautification and removal of derelict vehicles, gift-giving to children at Christmas, and a fish-fry held in collaboration with the Cayman Islands Red Cross, the release states.

“I am sure I speak on behalf of most if not all residents in Prospect when I say we love where we live, and on that basis I am honored to chair our community group’s Executive Committee,” said Ms. Turner.

“As residents, it is in our interest to work together to keep Prospect as a safe, peaceful and welcoming community that looks out for each other and takes care of our neighborhood. We are grateful to Mrs. McField for the great job she has done and I look forward to continuing the momentum and working closely with the executive team and residents to bring about improvements in our area.”

Mr. Rickman noted that, as well as being an active community group, over 43 residents recently received training from the Hazard Management Council in order to establish a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) in the Prospect area.

“This has greatly increased our resilience and level of disaster preparedness,” said Mr. Rickman.

“More importantly, it means that in the event of a natural disaster or other hazard affecting the area, our CERT team can quickly mobilize, assess damage and report to the Hazard Management Unit. Depending on the circumstance, if outside assistance cannot reach us in a hurry, it is important to have a CERT team that can fill in to help residents till help arrives.”

The Prospect Community Group meets on the first Monday of the month at the Seafarers Hall at 7 p.m., and all residents are encouraged to attend. From time to time, representatives from the RCIPS, Department of Environmental Health, Elections Office and other organizations have been invited to provide information or updates on relevant issues.

“The monthly meetings are a great way to meet other people in the neighborhood and provide an opportunity to openly discuss ideas or concerns,” said Ms. Turner.

“In addition, there is an email address for contacting the Executive Committee, as well as a Facebook page for sharing news and information more widely,” she said, noting that by liking and following the group’s facebook page residents can easily keep abreast of the happenings in the area.

“Prospect is one of the largest communities in George Town and I really hope we will see more people coming out to the meetings and playing an active role in improving the community in which we all live,” she continued.

“While there is a committee that is trying to do its best to uplift the area, we cannot do it alone and are dependent on support and assistance from residents.”

To contact the Prospect Community Executive Committee email [email protected] or like the Prospect Community facebook page.

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