The Barbados Council for the Disabled (BCD) recently convened its Annual General Meeting at the picturesque Barbados Yacht Club on Saturday, October 21, 2023. The event, which brought together key stakeholders, members, and supporters of the organization, featured a compelling presentation by the Guest Speaker, Mr. Anderson Langdon, the Executive Director of the Barbados Family Planning Association.
Mr. Langdon’s presentation, titled “Redefining the Future of NGOs: A Call to Action,” underscored the urgency and importance for non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to adapt their operational strategies and governance procedures to ensure their continued relevance in the third sector. His thought-provoking address resonated deeply with attendees, emphasizing the critical role of NGOs in Barbados’ social fabric.
In his closing remarks, Mr. Langdon praised the Barbados Council for the Disabled for its tireless efforts. He encouraged other NGOs in Barbados to embrace change and innovation in their operations to meet the evolving needs of their communities.
Key highlights from the Annual General Meeting include:
1. Mr. Langdon’s presentation urged attendees to rethink and adapt their approaches to community engagement, advocacy, and organizational sustainability. He stressed that the rapidly changing social and economic landscape requires NGOs to be agile and innovative.
2. The President of the BCD, Kerryann Ifill SCM, reiterated the Council’s unwavering commitment to promoting inclusivity and advocating for the rights and well-being of people with disabilities in Barbados. The organization acknowledged the progress made thus far and outlined its future to advance the cause even further.
3. The Executive Operations Manager Roseanna Tudor, in reporting the financial report, on behalf of the Treasurer highlighted the responsible and transparent management of the organization’s resources, ensuring that all donations and funding are used effectively for the benefit of the disabled community.
The Annual General Meeting of the Barbados Council for the Disabled was a resounding success, sparking enthusiasm and renewed dedication among its members and supporters. The organization’s commitment to advocating for the rights and welfare of people with disabilities remains stronger.
Name: Christopher Gilkes
Title: Public Relations Manager
About the Barbados Council for the Disabled
The Barbados Council for the Disabled is a leading non-governmental organization dedicated to advancing the rights and well-being of people with disabilities in Barbados. With a 48-year history of advocacy and support, the organization works tirelessly to create an inclusive and accessible society where individuals with disabilities can thrive. The Annual General Meeting is a key event on the organization’s calendar, serving as a platform for reflection, inspiration, and strategic planning.