Brian Been Appointed As New Tourism Risk Manager

The Turks and Caicos Islands civil service is pleased to welcome Mr. Brian Been and to congratulate him on his new appointment as the Tourism Risk Manager within the Ministry of Tourism, Heritage and the Environment.

 

Mr. Been, who is a former employee of the Turks and Caicos Tourist Board, previously served as the Senior Product Development Officer and is a former member of the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO), Sustainable Tourism Technical Committee (STTC) where he served for over 12 years and has also held the post of Deputy Chairman. Mr. Been also co-chaired the Grand Turk Cruise Steering Committee that facilitated the establishment of a cruise industry on Grand Turk and participated in the consultation for the Grand Turk Master Plan.

 

Mr. Been served on the Steering Committee for the Turks and Caicos National Tourism Strategic Plan updates in 2006 and 2015 by Ainsworth O’Reilly and KPMG. He also acted as National Focal for the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency’s Regional Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change Adaptation Strategy and Plan of Action for the Caribbean Tourism Sector and the CARIBSAVE Risk Atlas for the Turks and Caicos Islands.

 

A graduate of The College of The Bahamas, now University of The Bahamas with in BSc Tourism Management, Mr. Been is a certified Business Advisor for the Hospitality Assured Caribbean programme.  He is married to Kathrina Missick-Been and has a son, Alexander.

 

Commenting on his new appointment he stated; “The Turks and Caicos Islands is at the crossroads in respect of tourism development and I am grateful for the opportunity to serve my country in this capacity.  Playing my role, I intend to ensure that an integrated approach is taken as we seek to build a culture of multi-hazard risk reduction for all 8 sectors of the tourism industry.  The desired output is enhanced safety for our host community and visitors alike through a Disaster Risk Strategy and Action for the Tourism Sector. I am really looking forward to much accomplishments in my new role and also in working with the Ministry of Tourism, Heritage and the Environment on the wider tourism management program.”

 

Deputy Governor, Anya Williams in extending congratulations to Mr. Been stated; “I am pleased to welcome Mr. Been to the main stream civil service and to congratulate him on his new role.  The post of Tourism Risk Manager is a new post that was created to provide the highest level of strategic advice and guidance to the Ministry of Tourism and the Tourist Board on the risks that exist within the tourism industry, which accounts for over 80% of our GDP.  In his new role Mr. Been will be responsible for developing policy framework and standard operating procedures for the management of risks in the tourism sector and will also be responsible for developing strategic plans aimed at enhancing our tourism product.  We wish Mr. Been well in his new role and are happy to have him join our team.”

 

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Easter Camp 2018

DEPARTMENT OF YOUTH AFFAIRS

Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports & Library Services

Turks & Caicos Islands, British West Indies

 

Easter Camp 2018

Back to Easter Fun!

 

Are you ready to have the best days of your lives?!!  Well, Easter break is around the corner, and the Department of Youth Affairs is excited to announce their 1st Annual Easter Camp.  The Youth Department will be hosting this camp from March 26 – 30, 2018 at their office which is located Down Town, Providenciales, next to Mother’s Pizza.

 

It will be a fun packed few days of activities for youths.  A variety of indoor sessions and field trips. Remember to bring a snack.

Ages: 10-15 years old.

 

Maximum number of participants: 25

 

For registration.  Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call #243-3288

 

For more information about this Easter Camp please contact the number above or visit the Youth Department on Providenciales.

 

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WORLD DOWN SYNDROME DAY

Both the TCI Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education recognizes today as World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD), 21 March; a global awareness day which has been officially observed by the United Nations since 2012.

 

Let us as a country join hands, minds and with love celebrate, recognize, support and create our own national voice for advocating for the rights, inclusion and holistic development of all individuals among us with Down Syndrome.

 

Down Syndrome is a congenital disorder arising from a chromosome defect, causing intellectual impairment and physical abnormalities. It arises from a defect involving chromosome 21, usually an extra copy (trisomy -21).

 

Five Facts on Down Syndrome:

1.            Children with Down syndrome do best in an inclusive learning environment, and typical kids do best when they learn about diversity, kindness, and friendship at an early age. Inclusive classrooms teach and benefit all kids;

2.            In 1983, the average life expectancy of a person with Down Syndrome was a mere 25 years old. Today, it’s 60;

3.            People with Down syndrome contribute to their families, their schools, their co-workers, their employers, and society;

4.            People with Down syndrome are beautiful;

5.            A person’s facial features do not determine cognitive ability. Just because someone has many of the characteristic physical feature of Down syndrome does not mean they have a lower Intelligence Quotient (IQ). Just because someone has soft features of Down syndrome does not mean their IQ is higher.

 

Although there are less than 8 persons with Down Syndrome registered in the Turks & Caicos Islands, our aim is to enable people with Down Syndrome to speak up, be heard and influence government policy and action to provided essential services for these special individuals. Additionally, the Special Needs Unit Director Ms. Betty-Ann Been and Education Officer-Special Needs Mr. Jasmin S. Walkin are committed with the support of their respective ministries to advocate for the education and successful inclusion of these individuals in our community here in the Turks & Caicos Islands.

 

Sevenly states, “When you judge someone based on a diagnosis you miss out on their abilities beauty and uniqueness”.

 

Let us be our brother keepers and take time out to show genuine love to persons with Down Syndrome.

 

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