The ship of Caribbean women in the maritime industry is being steered by a newly elected Governing Council. The Women in Maritime Association, Caribbean (WiMAC) hosted an Annual General Meeting and Elections on the 10th December 2021. The members affectionately referred to as “SEAsters” hail from different countries and territories that span across the Caribbean Sea.
The newly-elected Governing Council is as follows:
The President is Ms. Tamara Lowe, Country Manager, Tropical Shipping Dominica (Dominica).
The Immediate Past President is Ms. Dwynette D. Eversley, Consultant (Trinidad and Tobago).
Vice President of Membership and Administration is Ms. Kemi Linton, Trade and Maritime Specialist, Barbados Port Inc. (Republic of Barbados).
Vice President of Public Relations and Marketing is Mrs. Tricia King, Marine Management Area, and Habitat Monitoring Officer, Department of Marine Resources (St. Kitts and Nevis).
Vice President of Research and Development is Ms. Suzette Balkaran, Senior Instructor, Centre for Maritime and Ocean Studies, University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT) and Energy Efficiency Advisor, Maritime Technology Cooperation Centre (MTCC) Caribbean (Trinidad and Tobago).
Vice President of Women and Development is Mrs. Thecla Joseph-Charles, Director of Fisheries and Marine Resource Management, Turks and Caicos (St. Lucia).
The Director of Finance is Ms. Ilaisa Lila, Business Support Officer, Maritime Authority Suriname (Suriname).
Member-At-Large is Mrs. Jennifer Nugent-Hill, Director of Government and Community Affairs, Tropical Shipping, (Florida/United States Virgin Islands).
Ms. Valerie Simpson is the Operations Manager at WiMAC’s secretariat which is based in Jamaica.
Ms. Deniece Aiken currently serves as Acting Director, Corporate Affairs until the respective officer is elected at the upcoming Special General Meeting.
Statement by President, Tamara Lowe:
“We, as women in the maritime industry, have the knowledge, experience, and skills to be the diversity that we want to see in the industry, but it is only together can we achieve it. My goal is tackling gender-inequality in the maritime industry from the inside out with the main focus of creating a powerful network of inspired women: inspired women who inspire change.”
The mission of WiMAC is to foster the development and participation of women in the maritime sector and contribute to the growth of the industry within the Caribbean Region.