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VOLUNTEERISM: A GATEWAY TO CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

VOLUNTEERISM: A GATEWAY TO CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

November 15, 2012823Views

Twelve years ago, fresh out of high school, Cecil Jeffrey embarked on a journey that would ultimately take him along a career path he could not have predicted. Growing up in Purcell Estate on Tortola, Jeffrey dreamed of becoming a chef, cooking delicious, exotic meals and witnessing the delight his innovative cuisine would bring to customers. But when he walked through the doors of the Department of Disaster Management (DDM) in 2000, it signalled the start of an incredible journey of volunteerism, leadership, selflessness and service to the community. A journey that now embodies the full scope of his career in disaster management.


Jeffrey was part of a group of more than 20 persons who at the time formed the Disaster Auxiliary Corps (DAC). The volunteers were exposed to training in several areas including shelter management, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), First Aid, VHF radio operations, basic logistics and providing humanitarian relief. In addition to the training, the volunteers were able to gain first-hand experience in dealing with disasters with trips to places like Montserrat where the Soufriere Hills volcano had erupted.


 


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