Chairman – Pius Peter Lacan
A training consultant and entrepreneur with over thirty (30) years work experience in agriculture, training and education. His employment record includes Manager of three HEART Trust/NTA training institutions; Regional Director for University College of the Caribbean (UCC), Regional Manager for Management Institution for National Development (MIND), and teacher/head of agricultural department at Manning’s School in Westmoreland. He is the founder of Learning Innovations For Excellence (LIFE) operating in Sav-la-mar, Westmoreland driven by his personal mission: of facilitating and sustaining socio-economic growth for stakeholders’.
Pius Lacan holds a Master of Business Administration Degree (MBA), a Bachelor of Science degree with distinction in Professional management, an Associate Science degree (ASC.) in general agriculture, a post graduate diploma in Technical Vocational Education and training leadership development, a certificate in Project Management. He has membership at Sigma Beta Delta, and Alpha Chi society (International Honor society in Business Management and Administration). He received an award of excellence in 2002 by Nova Southeastern University, and the spirit of the mandate for MIND in 2006. Pius Peter Lacan is a past 2nd vice president for the Westmoreland Chamber of Commerce and Industry (WCCI); the past chairman for the Westmoreland parish expo and current chairman for the Source Savanna-la-mar Management Committee and chairman of the school board of management for Grange Hill High School.
General Secretary – Shirley Platt
Ms. Shirley Platt was born, raised, and educated in the first and second cities of London, and Birmingham, England of Jamaican parents. She spent most of her young adulthood in London, where she worked and managed a busy sport and recreation centre for nine years, studying for, and gaining the privileged distinction of Member of the Institute of Sport and Recreation Management (M.Inst.SRM).
In January 1997 Ms. Platt emigrated to live in Jamaica, and, after a short foray in the hotel industry found her way into social work with a post as Parish Officer for Youth.now, a project of the Ministry of Health, funded by USAID, the aim of which was to empower youths to take control of their sexual behaviour.
This position opened her eyes to the needs of young people in Westmoreland and established her in the niche of caring and providing help to youths in the parish: so much so that when the funding ended for the Youth,now project, she obtained her current position as a Field/Substance Abuse Officer with the National Council on Drug Abuse (NCDA).
Ms. Platt is currently in her third year of studying for a BA in Guidance and Counselling, and hopes in the near future to exercise her skills in improving the lives of students.
Treasurer – Caswell Alexander Dawes
Caswell Alexander Dawes was educated at Mannings School during the years 1977 – 1984, majoring in the science subjects. He served as the school’s Football Captain from 1982 – 1983 and was also a member of the Debate and School’s Challenge Quiz Clubs, Athletics Team, and Western Boy’s Champs Team.
His banking career commenced in 1985, when he gained employment at the Savanna-la-mar Branch of The Bank of Nova Scotia Jamaica Limited as a Part-time Teller. Over the years, he served in various positions and at different branches. He excelled on the job, received numerous awards, participated in several training seminars, and successfully completed the Business Programme for Bankers resulting in his being designated an Associate of the Institute of Canadian Bankers (AICB). In February, 2008 he was appointed as the Branch Manager for the Savanna-la-mar Branch of “Scotiabank” after serving as Manager of the Ironshore, Christiana, and Lucea Branches. The Savanna-la-mar Branch is the 2nd largest “Scotiabank” branch in the western region.
It is noteworthy that he was the recipient of the Governor General’s Award for the parish of Westmoreland in 2008 and in 2009 he was appointed as a Justice of the Peace. He is presently a member of the Public Accounts Committee – Westmoreland Parish Council, a Committee member of R.I.S.E. (Reaching Inner-city Students through Education), and a former Treasurer of The Laura Daley Memorial Basic School.
In his spare time, he enjoys playing football and dominoes