On Wednesday 19th March, 2015 a new executive was elected for the Dominica Association of Professional Engineers (D.A.P.E) at its annual general meeting held at Sutton Place Hotel. The board will serve for a period of one year.
The officers elected are:
President: Eng. Wynyard Esprit
Vice President: Eng. Cassanni Laville
Treasurer: Eng. Jefferson James
Secretary: Eng. Mitri Esprit
Eng. Christopher Sorhaindo
Eng. Peter Bannis
Eng. Vivian Trotter
Eng. Rawlings Bruney
Eng. Craig Nesty is the Immediate Past President
The incoming President Wynyard Esprit expressed some of the plans for the Association for the year 2015-2016.
Esprit noted that the association role in developing and enhancing the skills and capabilities of Professional Engineers in Dominica remains crucial, especially as the single trade market for CARICOM and the OECS is advancing with the expectation of competitive bidding for positions in the Engineering fields across the region.
The Association will seek to embark firstly on a membership drive which is vital for its survival of and objectives. This year members will be inspired and commit to lifelong learning, as it is the intent to seek partnership with Educational Institutions on the island to formulate “continued professional development (CPD) courses that will benefit Engineers in Dominica.
Partnership will be enhanced between DAPE and the Board of Engineering (BoE) for the overall development of the practice of Engineering on the Island. To this end DAPE will seek audiences with the Minister responsible for Engineering to obtain the amendments necessary for the ACT in keeping with the proposals for amendments previously presented by The BOE and DAPE and required by CARICOM.
DAPE remain steadfast in promoting the advancement of Engineering disciplines, safe guarding the life, health and welfare of the Dominican public and by extension the wider region where our Engineers Practice.
We intend to make the profession more visible and an attractive career path for our young people and students. In order to accomplish this, DAPE wish to collaborate with the Dominica State College and the various secondary schools in career guidance and generally assist in the promotion of Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
The objectives of D.A.P.E are as follows:
1. to safeguard the life, health and welfare of the public by restricting the practice of engineering to properly qualified persons;
2. to advance the status of the engineering profession by the establishment and observance of high ethical and professional standards of conduct, the Code of Ethics and Guide to Practise under the Code of Ethics;
3. to promote the advancement of the engineering sciences and the proficiency, knowledge and skill of Professional Engineers;
4. to advance and protect the interests of Professional Engineers;
5. to co-operate and enter into mutually beneficial agreements with other associations, societies or institutions whose objectives are similar to those of the Association.
DAPE is an active member of Dominica Coalition of Service Industries.