The St Michael Parish Independence Committee officially launched its 2017 parish project yesterday at the Ellerslie Secondary School under the theme Changing Mindsets, Building Our Communities.
Attendant Ryan Gilkes said this year’s focus will be on healthy living, noting that juvenile obesity in Barbados has reached an alarming stage.
Gilkes expressed concern that some of the nation’s youth could be facing health-related issues, even though it might not appear so on the surface.
Parish Ambassadors Akeila Darlington and Donnico Braithwaite said their 2017 parish project will include five secondary schools – The Springer Memorial School, St Lenard’s Secondary School, Combermere School, Harrison’s College and St Michael Secondary School.
They will be focussing on the topics – mental health, physical health, sexual health and spiritual health – to observe whether the students are maintaining healthy lifestyle practices.
During Saturday’s launch, members who contributed to the success of the 2016 Parish Ambassadors were presented with plaques. They include Anthony Alleyne, Principal of Deighton Griffith Secondary and member of Sanjet Toastmasters; Sharon Trotman, Product Officer at the Barbados Tourism and Development Authority; and Julia Mapp, Manager of Bliss Elite Model Management. (LG)