CDC Volunteer Corps growing: 64 Berbicians sign on

Georgetown, Guyana , November 20th, 2012 (CDC) - Sixty-four Berbicians were formally inducted into the Civil Defence Commission Volunteer Corps (CDCVC) on Saturday, November 17, last. Their induction followed a comprehensive orientation session at the New Amsterdam Nursing School and moves the total number of CDC volunteers closer to the 100 mark.


Most of the new volunteers learned of the CDCVC while being trained in Shelter Management, Damage Assessment and Disaster Risk Management by the Civil Defence Commission earlier in the month. At that forum, they expressed a desire to become volunteers and subsequently mobilized several other persons who also became involved. After completing and submitting the relevant application forms, the potential volunteers were invited to attend interviews which were conducted by a small CDCVC team, at the offices of the Regional Democratic Council in New Amsterdam from November 15 and 16. Considering the role of CDC Volunteers, the interviews sought to establish specifics regarding the potential volunteers’ adaptability, dependability, ability to communicate, and leadership and organisational skills. Almost 80 percent of those interviewed were between the ages of 20-35 with 60 percent of the candidates being members of the nursing profession.

Emerging from the interview process, Jahawarlall Ramjug, Jonelle Cornette and Vanessa Sahadeo have been identified as the Region’s Volunteer Coordinator, Assistant Volunteer Coordinator and Secretary/Treasurer respectively. They are to lead the efforts of the Region 6 CDC volunteer affiliate and will work closely with the central executive of the CDCVC.

At the orientation session the volunteers benefitted from two presentations on The Civil Defence Commission and Disaster Risk Management in Guyana and the CDCVC, its roles and responsibilities. The volunteers expressed their eagerness to participate in training and projects. Several are slated to benefit from upcoming PAHO/WHO Climate Change training.

The CDC is Guyana’s lead agency with the responsibility for disaster risk reduction and management activities in Guyana. The CDCVC has been established with the primary aim of ensuring that across Guyana cadres of trained volunteers are ready and committed to aiding the CDC in ensuring that its programmes regarding Disaster Risk Reduction and Management are successfully implemented, and that Guyanese citizens and their communities reap positive benefits from such programmes.