PRESS RELEASE – Members of the Media Association of Saint Lucia (MASL) have successfully elected a new Executive Committee for 2014 to 2016 at its first Biennial Meeting.
The new executive comprises President – Clinton Reynolds
Vice President – Dale Elliott
Secretary – Stan Bishop
Treasurer – Glen Simon
Communications Officer/Assistant Secretary – Maria Fontenelle
Floor Members – Medalise Breen and Kendal Eugene
Of these three are returning members, namely Reynolds, Simon and Fontenelle.
In his acceptance speech, Reynolds thanked the outgoing executive for its stellar leadership and sacrifice and told media workers, “There is a lot we have done and a lot more we can do together. The Media Association of Saint Lucia is not about the executive. In fact, the executive should be the least among us because we are your servants – we are here to represent your interests.”
Outgoing Secretary Richmond Felix also congratulated the incoming executive, distinguishing the newest members in particular.
“I wish to congratulate the members of the incoming executive, especially the newest members Medalise, Dale and Stan, who I hope will bring a fresh perspective and re-energise the Media Association of Saint Lucia in its quest to improve standards of the profession in Saint Lucia.”
Reynolds warned the new executive that they must hit the ground running, saying, “As we enter the new biennium, we will continue to focus on professional and personal development for members. We forfeited a number of opportunities because of the status of members and their willingness to participate. We must do better this time around.”
The May 25 meeting was the MASL’s second attempt to host the Biennial Meeting, after the first was postponed due to a lack of a quorum. The organisation also saw several members of the media fraternity declining nominations to serve.
Returning Communications Officer Fontenelle noted, “Despite the challenges of the fledging association, MASL formed several partnerships with the private and public sector during the past two years.
Bay Gardens Resorts, Windward and Leeward Brewery, Saint Lucia Distillers and Consolidated Food Limited have assisted the MASL in achieving some of its goals such as the launch of the association. Media workers are largely time constrained but if we require representation and opportunities to fraternize, we must make the sacrifice.”
Reynolds noted in closing, “The MASL is an organisation that has commanded much respect since its formation and that respect is growing. We want to build on that and ensure that the media – the most powerful organ in any state – continue to affect positive change in this society. Let us elevate our standards; let us follow for best practice; let us seek for truth, fairness, and balance at all times; and let us make our media fraternity the best there is in the world.”