Beryl Newton-Blondel has been a police officer in the Commonwealth of Dominica Police Force for the past eighteen (18) years. She has worked in numerous departments to include Community Police Stations, Administration duties at the Police Headquarters, Special Branch and presently works at the Criminal Investigations Department as an Investigator. One of her roles at that department is to conduct investigation into reports of Sexual Offences against women and children.
At the moment, Beryl is a third year student at the University of the West Indies (Dominica Open Campus) where she is pursuing a BSc in Social Work. She is hoping to complete her studies by December of 2018.
Mrs. Blondel is no stranger to child assault prevention and child protection. She recently attended a two-day training workshop in the use of rape kits which was sponsored by the British High Commissioner in collaboration with Lifeline Ministries and the Commonwealth of Dominica Police Force. This was done to improve the collection of evidence from rape victims to preserve evidence and help bring perpetrators to justice.
Her internship at lifeline has given her hands-on practice in the practical social work field. The experience was a rich one that made her choice of study worth it.
Abigail Dorival -George is a teacher at the Christian Union Primary School, a position in which she has held for the past four years. In this role she has worked with special needs students with autism and Down syndrome for three years. Presently she assists in kindergarten class inclusive of special needs students.
Abigail holds an associate degree in Psychology from the Dominica State College and is presently pursuing BSc. in Social Work with the University of the West Indies. Abigail’s passion for working with children and vulnerable people, has led her to pursue a BSc. in Social Work.
As part of her pursuit of a BSc. in Social Work she has been an intern at the Lifeline Ministries. At Lifeline she has gotten the hands on experience that has helped her in preparing for her career as a qualified social worker.
Velma Moses-Joseph is the Director of the East Dominica Children’s Federation; a position she has held for over five years. In this role, Velma coordinates, manages and leads a team providing services to children, youth, families and the community which endeavors to make a better life for those who are vulnerable, excluded and deprived. Prior to holding the position of director, Mrs. Moses-Joseph worked as a Community Mobilizer ensuring that families of marginalized children receive benefits and participate in activities designed for their development.
Velma is a big believer an advocate for the protection of the rights of children; this commitment was translated into action when she became a founding member of the Dominica NGO Coalition which advocates for the Protection of Children and Youth . Her participation has resulted in public outcry and a show of commitment by the judiciary to ensure that laws are strengthened and the existing laws are enforced to improve protection for children. Under her management considerable improvement occurred in the areas of Child Friendly Schools, Early Childhood Development and Youth Civic Responsibility, youth volunteer and Child Assault Prevention.
As a Social Worker in training, Velma holds an associate degree in Social Work from the University of the West Indies and will soon complete her BSc in Social Work. She has also pursued training in a number of areas. In 2012, she received training in staff and program supervision, certification in Project Management for Professionals Level 1 Safety in the Work place in 2014, Certificate in Conflict Mediation in 2015, obtain Certificate in Youth work with the Commonwealth Youth Program, and Certification as a trained facilitator in Child Assault Prevention in 2015.
Moses-Joseph is no stranger to child assault prevention and child protection, having spent 20 years as a community social worker and a manager of a community based organization which advocate for children rights. This has been made possible through forming strategic alliances with government agencies and other organizations and collaborating with government and other agencies to stop violence against children and youth. She has developed and implemented child rights and violence against children projects and activities geared at making a difference in the life of children and youth.
Her internship at Lifeline has been very educational. According to Mrs. Moses- Joseph she had been given a real life experience in the career of a social work; the opportunity was a very rich one with endless benefits. The staff and management of Lifeline Ministries created an opportunity for learning and putting into practice what was learned.