While this was not confirmed as a reason for demitting their respective posts, the recently resigned members of the Virgin Gorda Easter Festival Sub-Committee said their experience was “challenging” and one coloured with ‘negativity’.
The sub-committee headed by Lyra George submitted their resignation letter to the Minister of Culture Dr Natalio Wheatley last Wednesday.
George, in the two-page letter, described the decision as one filled with “mixed emotions”.
“[We were] passionate, hardworking, honest, determined and resilient, despite the drawbacks of financial setbacks and negativity we received from the Virgin Islands Festivals & Fairs Committee and the community alike,” George said.
“We still maintained a professional team spirit and continued to contribute to our Virgin Islands and the Virgin Gorda Community,” added George, who further said serving in the post was an honour.
It was an honour to serve
Speaking to BVI News on Monday, George said the decision to resign was reached unanimously following a series of meetings on the matter by the committee.
“There isn’t a big reason. We just decided that we just wanted to do something different and move on. Personally, it’s been challenging,” she stated, without divulging into further details.
In addition to George, other members of the committee who resigned were Cleopatra Brewley-Besson who served as the treasurer, Mark Noel and Gary Hillhouse who were responsible for entertainment, Trevor Bridgewater, Jr who was the Public Relations Officer and Coretta Redhead — the secretary.
Festival won’t likely be affected
Culture Minister Dr Natalio Wheatley who also confirmed the resignation told BVI News their departure is not likely to affect the 2020 Easter Festival.
“They (Committee) gave me the letter and I thanked them for their service. We will have to get a new committee [but] I think we have enough time to plan properly for the next Easter Festival so I am not concerned about that,” he said.
Dr Wheatley said while he didn’t get a ‘warning’ of their decision beforehand, “It is voluntary work, and the whole thing is a lot of work.”
When asked if he felt that the resignation was politically motivated considering that they were selected during the former National Democratic Party’s tenure, he said, “I have no idea”.
However, the minister said nothing suggested that from their letter.
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