Dominica’s newly appointed Chief Scout Commissioner John Bonti Liverpool says his first task would be to continue the process of eliminating drug and alcohol abuse among the youth in Dominica.
The Grand Bay born scout leader takes over from Edward Henderson, who has been elevated to the position of vice president of the National Scout Council and National Leader Trainer.
Liverpool told Dominica News Online that the establishment of a scout troop in every primary school on the island will also be on the top of his agenda.
“We also want to reduce the use of drug use and abuse in schools and deviance in general, with an aim to develop mental, physical and spiritual life of the young people,” he said.
Liverpool, who was invested as a scout at the St Patrick’s Church in Grand Bay in August of 1967, said that he is hoping to work in closer collaboration with the National Drug Prevention Unit on the island.
In 1987, he served as deputy leader of the contingent that represented Dominica at the 9th Caribbean Jamboree in Barbados, and was also camp chief of the highly successful 5th Caribbean Cuboree in 1988.
Liverpool additionally held the positions of sub-camp chief at the 10th Caribbean Jamboree in 1994, and camp chief at the Organisation of the Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Camp the same year.
Meantime, President of the Dominica Scout Association has described Liverpool as one who had served with distinction as the honorary secretary of the National Scout Council, district commissioner of the Southern District and executive commissioner for many years.
A formal ceremony at the State House to install him into his new position is scheduled for May 02, 2010.
- DNO Correspondent
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