In March 2016, the St. Kitts and Nevis Nationals Association of Washington DC (SKNNA-DC) inaugurated a Speaker Series as part of its monthly general membership meetings. The purpose of the series is to provide a steady diet of inspiration and information to members, and in the process bring balance to the strictly “business” items on the monthly agenda. The topics are varied and tuned to the interests and concerns of the members.
Here is a summary of the topics discussed to date:
March: Members engaged in Book Review and intriguing discussion of “The Bite of the Mango” by Mariatu Kamara and Susan McClelland. Leader: Dr Vincent Liburd “The Bite of the Mango” is a chilling yet inspiring story that chronicles the early life of the author who, as a young girl, became a victim of the civil war that engulfed her native country, Sierra Leone. Poignant, riveting, hopeful.
April: Issues Confronting the OAS and their Impact on the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis. Speaker: Dr Everson Hull. Ambassador Hull dialogued with members about a range of issues including foreign capital investment, national productivity, and corresponding banking agreements.
May: Globalization and Immigration in St Kitts and Nevis. Speaker: Pastor Jedidiah Blake. Pastor Blake outlined some of the challenges posed by an increasingly diverse population in the Federation, and suggested ways in which we can convert diversity into a strength rather than a liability. The discussion generated an interesting debate among members.
Upcoming Topics July: Nutrition, Health and Fitness. Speaker: Natalie Leon. Born in Jamaica, Ms. Leon is an American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) certified Exercise Physiologist, Nutrition Counselor, ACSM Certified Health & Wellness Coach and Group Fitness Instructor. Natalie has a Master’s Degree in Exercise Science, Nutrition, and Eating Behavior from the George Washington University in Washington, DC