St. Lucian Cyril J. Saltibus, representing the Le Pavillion Royal Museum at Government House, has been re-elected president of the Museums Association of the Caribbean (MAC).
Saltibus, who is also secretary to council of the St. Lucia National Trust, was elected unopposed during the MAC’s Annual General Meeting and Conference in Trinidad on Tuesday, Oct. 23.
He is the second president in the history to serve two consecutive terms as president. Jay Haviser served from 1999-2001 for the National Archaeological-Anthorpological Museum in Curacao and from 2001-2002 for the Museum Kura Hulanda, Curaçao.
This is the second time a representative from St. Lucia is serving as president of MAC. Llewellyn Gill of the St. Lucia Archaeological and Historical Society, was president from 1996-1999.
Saltibus told St. Lucia News Online that the St. Lucia National Trust, represented by Lloyd Jn Piere, was retained on council as an ex-officio member to continue handling the accounts of MAC.
“The Trust served as treasurer during the period 2011-2012. This was done because the MAC account is based in St. Lucia,” Saltibus noted.
Other members of the 2012-2013 Board are: Vice President – Kevin Farmer, Barbados Museum and Historical Society; secretary – Sherilyne Jones, Museum of Belize; treasurer – David Hayes, St. Croix Archaeological Society; Sherene James-Williamson of the University of the West Indies in Jamaica; Lee Cok of Caribbean Heritage Concepts in the USA and Kenneth Wong A Tsoi of the Central Bank of Suriname.
The National Museum and Art Gallery and the University of the West Indies Zoology Museum jointly hosted this year’s meeting, while the theme of the conference was “Collecting the Caribbean: A closer look at Collection Policy and Management”.
Saltibus, who hails from Black Bay, Vieux Fort, also disclosed goals for his second term.
“I would like to see Le Pavillion Royal Museum benefit from resources of the MAC professionals in the area of staff training, asset register and maintenance of records and marketing,” he said.
MAC, which is a member of the International Council of Museums (ICOM), was formed in 1987 to allow museums and related organisations and societies in the Caribbean to share experiences and skills.
According to ICOM’s website, MAC “serves as a forum for the exchange of information and ideas through meetings, publications and museum exchanges. MAC’s main objectives are: to develop common policies relative to the role of museums and duties of curatorial staff, to act as an advisory board for governments and institutions regarding museum development and to develop relationships with international and other regional museums-related organisations. It also supports the cultural policy and programmes of the Regional Cultural Committee of CARICOM (Caribbean Community)”.