Dominican appointed Deputy Chief Environmental Health Officer in Tortola


Former general manager of the Dominica Solid Waste Management Corporation, Rupert Xavier, has been appointed Deputy Chief Environmental Health Officer, Environmental Health Division in Tortola, British Virgin Islands.

According to a government press release, Xavier’s contract was confirmed after BVI Governor, David Pearey, consulted with the Public Service Commission (PSC).

Xavier, who took up his appointment on May 10, 2010 for a period of two years holds a Diploma for Public Health Inspectors and Diploma in Meat and Other Foods from the West Indies School of Public Health in Jamaica; and a Masters of Public Health, International Health from the Boston University.

Xavier’s experience includes work as District and Senior Environmental Health Officer, General Manager at the Dominica Solid Waste Management Corporation; part-time Lecturer at the Dominica College State and Chief Environmental Health Officer.

As Deputy Chief Environmental Health Officer, Xavier is responsible for coordinating, managing and directing the District Environmental Health activities; assisting the Chief Environmental Officer with development of policies, guidelines, proposed legislation and preparation of the Department’s plans; ensuring that the Public Health Act and Regulations are enforced and formulating and implementing activities for public awareness on Inter-American Water Day, Environment month, Farmers week and other celebrations of significance.

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    July 8, 2010

    Wow! There are no jobs in America for the educated much less the uneducated. There are no jobs at home (Dominica). How does one survive? No one is selling their flag. We left home for a reason; to make life easier for ourselves and our children. You will go wherever life takes you to support yourself and your family. No one is selling their flag? If you had the opportunity to leave you would have. Too bad that you probably don’t have that opportunity. I was educated at home and never got a job. The one chance I had to become a public servant (police officer) the superintendant at the time (’70’s) wanted to take me to bed. Because I refused I didn’t get the job. Yes, I had the opportunity to leave with my children, I embrassed it. My children are grown, thank God, and are gainfully employed. Me too. If I’d stayed home I don’t know where life would have taken us. Congratulations to everyone that has the opportunity to leave to help themselves. I don’t know the gentleman but I think he made the right decision for himself and not for you. Sell your flag if you have to, to survive.

  2. C G X
    July 8, 2010

    There are no boundaries in the world.God made the heaven and the earth.
    If ppl dont leave the country,most times there are no developments.

  3. Proud One
    July 8, 2010

    Let me first say that i am proud of Mr.Xavier.Where there is an opportunity ,you grab on to it,after giving it some good thinking and the rest will take its place.
    I want to thank the ppl, whether from G/bay,Souf.,Possy,Roseau,and where ever you r,who made these positive comments in the midst of all negativity.
    The bible really said, there is more for than those who r against you.
    I cant believe why SOME, realised that i said SOME of our black ppl are so foolish.Whether or not i stay in D/ca(where sometimes they dont even appreciate you or u go unnoticed)or if u r in the UK,USA,USVI,BVI (any other).The talents,skills and abilities that you bring into another country can never change ur identity.It doesn’t change where u come from.
    WE are Dominicans and we should all strive for greatness and sometimes we dont always get in full measure in our country, so therefore,we leave and go to other countries for furtherance.There is no crime in that.The point is u work whereever u want in the world and do ur best and be on top,u r making D/ca proud and u r still a Dominican.Nothing changes.So please ppl think before u bash.Thank you.
    Proud of u and u r close to my heart.God bless D/ca and every where else.WE need every bit we can from every country we go.

  4. Leyak
    July 8, 2010

    Congratulations Uncle Boniface! I did not know your name was Rupert. LOL Everyone always asks me if you are my dad and sometimes I kinda wish you were.

    Wishing you much success in your new position – no one deserves it more!

  5. Domnichen en tere
    July 8, 2010

    Bonni’s life does not evolve around the field of Environmental Health. He has committed himself to the cause of God. Bonni has served his country and served it well. If another opportunity presents itself, why not accept it. Some of us would really prefer to stay here, but there are other purposes in life that we must fulfill and as you mature and age especially in the work of God some environments just do not seem conducive. Consult with God the Father and go wherever He leads you. Good luck Bonni. We have reason to be proud. Indeed it is GRAND BAY AGAIN!

  6. T. Val (Possy)
    July 8, 2010

    Give the man his flowers while his is alive.
    It is with great honor that I congratulate Mr. Xavier in such a position. Mr. Xavier is a proud Dominican who is a mentor to anyone who wishes to be a success. He is an educated man who believes in excellence and honesty, those who think contrary will have a problem with his method of operation. Though he is educated he plows the land and plants his food, he also sends his line to catch his fish. This shows that he is not just an office man he mingles with any rank. Before he left the island he was the Pastor of the Petite Savanne Penticostal Church. He worked most of his life in his homeland Dominica and has contributed to society. This is to show that he is a Dominican that we all should be proud of, pray for him and his family. Contributing to his success is his Wife and Children. I am blessed to be part of this wonderful, loving, caring and God fearing family.

  7. Cassandra
    July 8, 2010

    Never knew the good man was called “Rupert”. We have always known him as Boniface and a thoroughly solid soul he is. I hope he will be allowed to persue his dedication to a sound environment in the BVI without any hypocritical interference. He, ande mankind, deserve no less. Well done!

  8. Soufrierian
    July 7, 2010

    Please don’t write in uppercase (capital) it is rude to do so. Before you make statements please do some research, Mr Xavier was recently working in Dominica. He held the position of General Manager at Dominica Solid Waste Management for a while before he returned to the Environmental Heath Department about two years ago, Up to this year – 2010 he was the Chief Environmental Officer and for your information ‘dominican’ this man Mr Xavier worked most if not all of his working life in Dominica (except when he was studying). Congratulation are in order for Mr Xavier, I know that you will do a good job in Tortola knowing the professional manner that you execute your duties.

    Mr Xavier has never sold his flag and furhermore he is a Heavenly Father fearing man who is winning souls for the Father’s Kingdom. So according to Mr Francisco Etienne Dods Telemacque happy for your country-man! and we the readers of DNO likes to hear the good news not just the bad ones.

  9. Soufrierian
    July 7, 2010

    Congratulations to you Mr. Xavier, I know that you will execute your duties in the professional manner that you are accustommed to. You will do very well in Tortola. “dominican” don’t write in uppercase(capital letters), It is very rude to do so since it is like you are screaming. Also before one makes statement.comments research should be done. Mr Xavier did not and will not sell his flag. Mr Xavier worked in Dominica most of his working life if not all (except when he was away studying). He worked for a number of years as General Manager of the Dominica Solid Waste Management Corporation and returned to the Public Health Department about two years ago, That where he was employed prior to working as General Manager of DSWMC, I think that he worked up to early this year 2010. Mr. Xavier also is a Heavenly Father fearing individual who is recruiting souls for the Fathers kingdom, As Francisco Etienne Dods Telemacque puts it “be happy for your country-man!” Let us refrain from making these hurting and disrespectful comments on DNO, Away with negativity and if we do have another opinion then let us do so courteously and respect DNO forums etc,

  10. @Grand Bayrian:

    And to this Dominican who is is spewing all this trash, let me inform you that there is another Xavier from Grand Bay, one of the greatest scientist in modern times, ( believed to be his brother) one who succeeded where Albert Einstein failed in the field of magnetic’s, he is based in Canada.

    The company he worked for, Fleet Aero Space, also owned a subsidiary here in the United States which I had the privilege of working for.

    This man during the tenure of the UWP intended to set up a communication busines in Dominica, flew with his nephew, my friend Branker Xavier left Canada to attend a schedule meeting with the then Prime Minister, whom I shall not call his name due to the fact his blood runs through my veins, but anyway after a period of waiting, ( me very own cousin, me understand sent message to Branker and his uncle the scientist, stating he was busy, and could not meet with them).

    So, the scientist, left the next day for Barbados, where he meet with government officials, and the rest is history. It is my understanding that he was allowed to set up his business in Barbados, which in the first phase of its development employed more than forty people.

    BX, if you are reading this and the amount of people I said he employed in the first phase is incorrect, give me a call, or come via E-mail and let me know.

    We are from time to time rejected by our very own, so we shall continue to seek greener pastures.

    And since I did not say the former Prime Ministers name, ” I doh expect to evaporate ” this life because of that eh, but as ah say him is me biological relative eh!


    Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque

    July 7, 2010


    July 7, 2010

    well the saying is true that you can,t keep a good man down,like joseph u are a leader whereve u are, keep it up brother. lambert

  13. FBD
    July 7, 2010

    Bro Xavier ! ! CONGRATULATIONS ! !

  14. July 7, 2010

    My Friend Mr. Xavier, I had the opportunity to attend many meetings and workshops with you and I know that you are a positive man, you have an attitude that many should emulate to be a better person. I know you are well prepare for this job, do your best and continue to do your best. I know you have the aptitude and at the end your employer will get his/her money worth.

    You are a son of the soil, and I am proud of you. During our many encounters, you engaged me in many positive discussions. Today I can say to you that I have learnt quite a bit just because of you.

    Praises to the most high

  15. @dominican

    Shut your mouth, you should be elated, that our people are as educated, and are recognized for their ability to hold very important positions in different part of the world.

    Sell-out what?

    If they can’t find a job on the island of Dominica, what do you expect them to do?

    DNO is doing a very good job, in that their online news is keeping people such as I fully informed with what appears to be occurring in Dominica daily.

    Be it good or bad news, some of us do appreciate the opportunity to read about it on DNO.

    There are many Dominican’s on the island of Tortolla holding excellent positions, and helping in the development of that island, personally, I have a relative who served as the Attorney General of that island, the last I herd about her is that she was in London doing some study’s, I am not sure if she has returned to the island as of yet.

    Be quiet, some of us are never satisfied with anything, if he remained in Dominica, with all his talent, and educational skills, not working, and happen to ask you for a favor, you might turn on him like a wild dog, and ask him what has his education benefited him.

    Some of us are just disgusting, disgruntled unhappy people, and find faults with everything and everybody, all because of jealously; be happy for your country-man!

    Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque

  16. Grand Bayrian
    July 7, 2010

    @dominican:dominican, all I will say to youis this “Sa’w pa vle douvan lapot kayj ou jis anba kouch ou”

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  18. Grand Bayrian
    July 7, 2010

    Congratulation my Uncle, I am proud of all your accomplishments. Thanks for being a mentor to me. I am sure Grand Ma and Grand Pa is smiling from above. They would have been proud of you, Like Grand ma would say ” Sa’w fe’ se sa’w we ” ( You reap what you sow) May the Good Lord continue to shower his blessing on you and your family. Continue to make is us proud, Grand Bay again! One Love.

  19. July 7, 2010

    Welcome! and all the best to you. prepear for the fight.

  20. Who Next
    July 7, 2010

    Congrats Mr. Xavier!!

  21. charu
    July 7, 2010

    many blessings to your achievement,

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