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First Executive of Media Association of Saint Lucia Elected

ACM President Wesley Gibbings with the first executive of MASL Clinton Reynolds - president, Delia Dolor - Vice President, Richmond Felix - Secretary, Glen Simon - Treasurer, Maria Fontenelle - Communications Officer and floor members Jerry George and Alisha Ally

Media workers have been enjoined to maintain momentum moving forward, following the election of an executive for the new Media Association of Saint Lucia (MASL). The elections on Sunday February 12, 2012, saw the establishment of a new representative body for media workers after an almost year-long preparatory process.

The first executive of MASL comprises Clinton Reynolds - president, Delia Dolor - Vice President, Richmond Felix - Secretary, Glen Simon - Treasurer, Maria Fontenelle - Communications Officer and floor members Jerry George and Alisha Ally.

In his first address as MASL president, Reynolds told media workers it was time to get down to business, saying, "For too long we have gone without a united voice on issues that affect us and our profession...We want to ensure we put the necessary safeguards in place to protect officers from the temptations that lurk".

Reynolds told those gathered to reestablish an association after several years, "We must retake our privileged positions as the fourth estate in this country;we must let our voices be heard on matters that affect us and our society."

President of the Association of Caribbean Media Workers (ACM),Wesley Gibbens was in attendance in a show of support from the regional body. He reminded his Saint Lucian colleagues that "Each one of us here has a responsibility to keep this thing going to get it viable....Don't take your eyes off the ball, remember what this is all about."

Jerry George, the focal point for the ACM in Saint Lucia, warned that many undiscovered landmines lurked on the landscape. "We have the freedom of information act, we the have broadcasting act, we have social media issues, all these things impact on how we do our work and we now have to set the stage to ensure that the future is secured for media in Saint Lucia."

Mr. Reynolds indicated that the first order of business for the MASL executive would be establishing committees to address training and professional development, membership, social well-being and physical health among other issues. Courtesy visits to the Prime Minister and Minister for Information and Broadcasting are also a priority.

Mr. Gibbens promised tangible support from the ACM in the form of the services of a media trainer. He also extended to the executive an invitation to the sixty-third annual congress of the International Press Institute (IPI), which will be held in the Caribbean for the first time in June 2012.

The proceedings at Monroe College campus in Castries, was overseen by Mr. Patrick Mathurin of the Ministry of Youth and Sports. Seventeen (17) media workers were in the running for the seven (7) positions on the executive of the MASL. The new executive will serve for two years.

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