The Civil Service Association of the Virgin Islands held a general meeting this month to ratify the elected executive board that was voted into office in May, government announced.

Association members who attended the Nov. 13 session expressed confidence in the current executive body, citing a need to continue the work it has begun, and voted to ratify the members for a period of two years based on the VICSA Constitution, according to Govern- ment Information Services.

Members of the executive body reported that they have been working to “restore faith” in the organisation through various activities, including forming partnerships with vendors and hosting two “mix and mingle” events, GIS noted.

The board also approved an identification card to be rolled out by the end of this month so that full members — public officers who pay dues — can use it to begin receiving benefits.

The VICSA also held the first of a series of planned capacity-building workshops for public officers in financial management, which was attended by more than 30 people, according to GIS.

“We recognise that there are many issues facing public officers, but my board and I are prepared to champion many of these causes on behalf of public officers,” said VICSA President Sasha Flax.

Strategic plan

In the coming weeks, the executive body plans to hold a meeting to develop a strategic plan for the association. Before that, a brief survey will be conducted among members to collect information to feed into the plan, Ms. Flax said.

“I plead with all public officers to see the value in joining the CSA and becoming an active member,” she added. “There is power in numbers, and collectively we can create the change we want to see.”

Besides Ms. Flax, the VICSA executive body includes Vice President Joshua Edwards; Secretary Subrina Herbert; Assistant Secretary Kishann Brathwaite; Treasurer Sharona Pickering; Public Relations Officer Linton Leonard; and Trustees Pasha Stoutt and Dawn Leonard.