DSAA donates an unprecedented $10,000 to the Dominica State College

DSAA 2nd Vice Pesident Keith Benjamin, Treasurer Nicholas Bruno, the DSC faculty and students who received scholarships

The Dominica SiFoCol Alumni Association (DSAA) has made a groundbreaking contribution of $10,000 in scholarships to the Dominica State College (DSC), intended to assist six deserving students facing financial challenges. Mr. Wayne Liburd, President of DSAA, commended the association’s members for their steadfast dedication and commitment “to give back to our alma mater, and  by extension, the country, which was so influential in not only shaping our formative years, but influenced our careers and life achievements!”

President Liburd further emphasized that “one of the best ways we have found to do so is to make it a bit easier for the students who now attend the DSC to achieve their educational goals – a steppingstone to greater heights.”

The DSAA’s awards were handed over to Ms. Trudy Christian, MPH, the Officer-in-Charge at DSC, by Mr. Nicholas (Eddie) Bruno, Treasurer of DSAA, and Mr. Keith Benjamin, 2nd Vice President of DSAA and longstanding board members. During their speeches, both Mr. Bruno and Mr. Benjamin expressed their gratitude for the opportunity to represent DSAA and reiterated the President’s dedication to the college and to Dominica. They also commended the students for choosing to pursue their education at DSC, following a similar path to their own.

Christian expressed gratitude for DSAA’s generosity and partnership, emphasizing the importance of providing quality education and accessibility to all students at DSC. She described the scholarships as invaluable and hoped for continued support from DSAA to improve educational opportunities for future students.

“ Here at the Dominica State College, we endeavor to provide a quality education to our students and to make our programmes accessible to all. Through the tremendous support of the Dominica SiFoCol Alumni Association (DSAA), we’ve been able to enhance the ability of some students to benefit from what is offered here”, she stated.

This donation adds to DSAA’s history of support for DSC and other educational institutions. Over the past three years, DSAA has provided subject prizes to DSC graduates, supported the St. Vincent and The Grenadines College Volcano Relief Fund, and awarded scholarships to primary and secondary schools in Dominica. College students anticipate mentorship opportunities from DSAA in the future.

The contribution follows DSAA’s successful 2nd Annual White Sunset signature charity fundraiser held during Dominica’s World Creole Music Festival in October 2023. Mr. Paul Philip, Chair of the White Sunset Fundraising Committee, expressed gratitude for the support from local sponsors and patrons, aiming to make future fundraisers even more successful.

“We are also eternally grateful to so many local sponsors and patrons at home and abroad who supported us and made the event the success that it was.”

Operation YouthQuake was another beneficiary of DSAA’s 2023 fundraiser, while The Home for the Aged benefited from the 2022 fundraiser.

DSAA began its fundraising efforts approximately three years ago, initiating a dialysis fundraising campaign in December 2021. The association raised $100,000 USD and donated two dialysis machines to Dominica’s main hospital in Roseau, aligning its efforts with existing goals by the Ministry of Health, the Dominica Hospital Authority, and the Dominica China Friendship Hospital, for dialysis care by local health authorities.

For more information about DSAA and donation opportunities, please refer to the details below.

To Donate to DSAA

Contributions can be made in any of the following ways:
● via PayPal at PayPal.me/SiFoCol Alumni
● MoBanking ID# 5551886
● via mail to 78 Independence Street, Roseau, Dominica
● via mail to P.O. Box 25864, Sarasota, Florida 34277, USA

About DSAA


DSAA is now the official alumni association of the Dominica State College, and DSAA’s membership covers a diverse range of professionals who are senior executives and leaders in their respective disciplines.

 The Dominica SIFOCOL Alumni Association (DSAA) is incorporated under the laws of the Commonwealth of Dominica, which are set up to govern Non-Profit Organizations. In furtherance of its organizational purposes, DSAA, as a registered non-profit organization, has the authority to solicit grants and contributions for charitable purposes both in Dominica and the United States.  From the inception, DSAA has steadfastly focused on projects that enhance the lives of the local community in Dominica.

 Learn more about DSAA’s charitable efforts including: the Donation of Dialysis Machines to the Dominica China Friendship Hospital, Donations to St. Vincent and The Grenadines Volcano Relief Fund; subject prizes to the Dominica State College; and scholarships to Dominica’s primary and secondary schools (Convent, Concord, St. Martin’s), at www.SiFoColAlumni.org.

 DSAA’s Executive Board: President- Mr. Wayne Liburd, 1 st VP- Dr. Jennifer Liburd, 2 nd VP- Mr. Keith Benjamin, Secretary-Dr. Valda Henry, Finance Officer- Mr. Nicholas Bruno, Director- Mr. Paul Philip, Director- Mr. Irvin Durand, Recording Secretary- Mrs. Helen Mellow-Pascal White Sunset Fundraising Committee: Mr. Paul Philip – Chair, Mr. Wayne Liburd, Mr. Nicholas(Eddie) Bruno, Dr. Jennifer Liburd, Mr. Keith Benjamin, Ms. Celia Delauney, Mrs. Candia Richards-Clarke, Dr. Kevin Laurent, Mr. Craig Henry, Mr. Bernard Hurtault, Dr. Simone Mathieu, Dr. Damien Dublin, Mrs. Helen Mellow Pascal, Mrs. Glenda Philbert-McIntyre, Ms. Corinne Francis and Mrs. Margaret Joseph.


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