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Dominican author closes leadership coaching gap created by the pandemic

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Kennedy Germain (Photo Credit: Toria Germain Photography)

CASTRIES, ST. LUCIA – September 29, 2022 – The global pandemic has worsened the migration of executives who are our leadership mentors from the workforce. This has created a coaching gap for promising leaders.

A newly released book, How to Demonstrate Effective Leadership: 24 Real-Life Examples of Grace in Action bridges that gap. The Dominican-born author is retired Procter & Gamble (P&G) executive, Kennedy Germain, and provides personal, practical examples of how anyone can lead in tough situations. It is not your typical leadership book.

How to Demonstrate Effective Leadership role models how to successfully apply twenty-four different leadership skills when faced with challenging situations from the boardroom to the classroom; whether you are a tenured or an upcoming leader.

It provides readers with:

  • Powerful demonstrations of how faith is a competitive advantage,
  • An easy narrative reading versus being another dry, boring, theory-driven book,
  • A holistic 3-dimensional approach to leadership, and
  • An appendix full of resources for personal reflection and reference.

According to an Amazon reviewer, it is “Like an MBA in a single book.”

“As a contemporary of Kennedy Germain, I found his 24 leadership chapters covering heart, hands and head both insightful and actionable.” – Amazon Reviewer

How to Demonstrate Effective Leadership can be purchased (paperback – USD 14.99 and Kindle – USD 9.99) directly on Amazon at this link or through Germain Empowerment website.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR – Dominican-born KENNEDY A. GERMAIN immigrated to the US where he joined Procter & Gamble, a leading multinational consumer goods corporation. Kennedy retired as an executive, after 32 years with P&G, a company recognized as the developer of some of the world’s greatest business leaders. While there, he gained extensive leadership experience working in several of P&G’s business units around the world. Kennedy is now the President and CEO of Germain Empowerment LLC and resides in St. Lucia.

You can learn more about Kennedy Germain or contact him by going to his Website: https://germainempowerment.com.





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Dominica observes International Day of People with Disabilities 2022

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Dominica joins the rest of the world in observing International Day of People with Disabilities (IDPwD) today.

The annual observance of the IDPwD on 3rd December was proclaimed in 1992 by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly resolution 47/3.

This year’s observance aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities.

Former Executive Director of the Dominica Association of Persons with Disabilities (DAPD) and Chairperson of the National Commission of Persons with Disabilities, Nathalie Murphy who spoke during a live interview on State-owned Radio DBS said part of today’s focus is to find innovative ways sports can be used in reducing inequality among persons with disabilities.

“The United Nations is asking the world to come together to find joint solutions to address these issues and try to find solutions to ensure that persons with disabilities can really live normal and rewarding lives,” she said.

Murphy called on Dominica in particular to pay attention to the issues affecting persons with disabilities.

“Unfortunately we didn’t organize any elaborate observation this year because of various reasons, but all we are asking is that world and Dominica in particular continue to pay attention to the issues affecting persons with disabilities and that we can come together as a country and try to find joined solutions in reducing inequalities that exist presently,” she indicated.

Furthermore, she explained that at the moment the world is going through a number of crisis including that of climate change, Covid-19 and the Russia-Ukraine War which all these crisis affect persons with disabilities in a significant way.

This year IDPwD is observed under the theme: “Transformative solutions for inclusive development: the role of innovation in fuelling an accessible and equitable world”.





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Message for International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2022

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Senator Floyd Morris, CARICOM Special Rapporteur on Disability

Every year, on December 3, the world recognizes International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The observation comes within the context of persons with disabilities being the world’s largest minority group and the fact that most of these individuals are marginalized in their society. The United Nations and all its States Parties have established this day therefore to celebrate the talents and abilities of persons with disabilities, whilst highlighting the barriers in society that continues to marginalize these individuals.

The theme for this year’s celebration is: “Transformative Solutions for Inclusive Development: The Role of Innovation in Fueling an accessible and equitable World.” The theme recognizes that for us to create an accessible and inclusive world, there must be the development of transformative solutions. Implicit in this theme is the appreciation that modern technologies have a preeminent role to play in building an accessible and inclusive society. In my 2019 journal article entitled “An Inclusive, Equitable and Prosperous Caribbean: The Case of Persons with Disabilities” I delineated how we can make life better for persons with disabilities in the Caribbean. In this context, I advocated the need for greater use of modern technologies. Similarly, in another journal article published in 2020 and entitled “Accessible and Inclusive City: Can Kingston Jamaica Measure Up?’” I argue for cities in the Caribbean to become more accessible for persons with disabilities. Again, modern technologies have an indispensable role to play in creating this accessible and equitable environment.

But whilst there is this recognition that modern technologies must play a quintessential role in this transformative development trajectory of the region, there are some existential challenges. Persons with disabilities throughout the region are unemployed with data from the 2017 Economic Commission of Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) suggesting that between 80 and 90 per cent of the population of persons with disabilities in the Caribbean are unemployed. This economic barrier has contributed to persons with disabilities in the region being among the poorest. Thus, most of these individuals cannot afford modern technologies to assist them in participating and being included in the mainstream of society.

The issue is further problematized when we look at the 2022 World Report on Assistive Technologies, published by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF). Data from the report is showing that up to 85 per cent of persons with disabilities in developed countries have access to some form of assistive technology. Conversely, in the developing countries, only between 3 and 10 per cent have access to this innovation that seeks to bridge the interactions between persons with disabilities and those without. One can therefore understand the major challenges that persons with disabilities are having with access to education, access to employment, access to public facilities and access to information, as modern technologies are paramount to these development indicators.

Governments within the Caribbean and other stakeholders, must therefore establish progressive policies that will facilitate transformative solutions such as modern technologies that will include persons with disabilities in the mainstream of Caribbean Society. I wish for all my brothers and sisters with disabilities in the Caribbean, a happy International Day for Persons with Disabilities. And remember, disability does not equate to inability.





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DLP candidate Dr. Cassandra Williams sees ‘key role’ for south east in helping Dominica become the Caribbean’s breadbasket

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DLP candidate for La Plaine Constituency, Dr. Cassandra Williams

Dominica Labour Candidate for the La Plaine Constituency, Dr. Cassandra Williams has said that Dominica is well positioned to become the breadbasket of the Caribbean.

She made the statement while addressing supporters at her official launching ceremony held at Carib Junction in Delices on Thursday.

“I believe that Dominica is well positioned to become the breadbasket of the Caribbean and the communities of the south east have a key role to play in increasing production and strengthening our food systems,” Dr. Williams said.

According to her, the communities in that constituency are well-known for bay oil, toloma, farine and plantain production.

“We must open new avenues for La plaine, Delices and Boetica to develop these into world class products,” she indicated. “We will work vigorously to increase participation and production in profitable farm enterprises with the view to increase the capacity of farmers including our youth through improved technology, resilient infrastructure and best practices.”

Furthermore, Dr. Williams said the DLP will explore new markets for farmers and improve processing and production methods.

She also plans to encourage the decentralization of agricultural services to make greater use of the La Plaine Agricultural Training Centre and the La Plaine Cultural Station.

The 22-year old Dominica Labour Party  government recently announced that it had set the goal of increasing the contribution of agriculture to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to $700M by 2030.





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