St Therese’s Parish elects new executive
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Following the expiry of the tenure of the former executive of the Parish Council, the Parish of St. Therese’s Kanifing, the biggest parish in The Gambia, last Sunday, held elections for a new executive body that will be charged with the responsibility of steering the affairs of the parish for the next one year.
The keenly contested, transparent, free and fair election was held at the former Caritas grounds and was well attended by representatives of all registered groups of the church. As it were to be in any competition, someone had to win and in the same way, someone had to lose. However, the outcome of the polls reflected the wish of parishioners and it was heartening to see even those who lost in the elections, congratulate their compatriots.
The new executive comprises of Ernest A Mendy- chairperson, Elizabeth Johnson – vice chairperson, Marcel Mendy- secretary general, Sophie Sambou- assistant secretary, Patrick Prierra - treasurer, Sang Marie Bassen – assistant treasurer, Bro Francis Agbakwuru - public relations officer and Abbie Sylva Correa - assistant PRO.
Speaking at the event, Richard Joe Mendy, the outgoing chairman of the Parish Council, congratulated the new executive and enjoined them to work hard in the best interest of parishioners. In no uncertain terms, he told the newly elected executive that they may find it very challenging and that they should be prepared for the tests of time. For his part, Ernest A Mendy, the incoming Parish Council chairman, paid glowing tribute to the electorates for the confidence bestowed in him and his team. He was quick to note that the new executive is deeply conscious of the enormous task ahead of them but that it is billed to make a difference.
“We know the challenge is colossal and that there are things that need urgent attention but we will do good to match the expectations of parishioners. I wish to inform you that we will have an open door policy and as such, will welcome suggestions and constructive criticisms,” said Ernest. The election, which was presided over by Gibril Jallow and Sulayman Joof of the IEC.
Author: by Rev. Fr. Tony Sonko and Sr Josephine Kamanda