All Change For The St Helena Association
A Revitalised Committee Formed After Four Well Deserved Retirements
The St Helena Association, registered charity 1042040, today announced a significant change to its committee. This is a major change for The Association on its mission to support the island community by hosting fundraising events in the UK.
After serving on the committee for 10 years, Trevor Toms and Vilma Clingham-Toms have decided to retire.
Vilma and Trevor joined the committee at the request of Owen George MBE to revitalise The Association after several years of decline in both event attendance and funds raised for the island.
Their appointment on the committee led to a significant improvement in the quality of events as well as a well-received change of venue for St Helena Sports Day to Reading Abbey RFC in 2014.
“When we joined the committee around ten years ago, Sports Day and the Dances were in decline”. Says Vilma and Trevor, former Secretary and Treasurer. “We have all worked hard together to get to where we are today, with Sports Day and the Dances much improved and well supported and producing consistent surpluses to help charities and good causes on St. Helena. Thanks to all who have supported us. We wish the new committee all the very best for the future.”
With Vilma and Trevor's departure, Shaz and Doug Stevens will be taking over as The Secretary and Treasurer.
Speaking on their new positions, both Shaz and Doug commented “Doug and myself are absolutely overwhelmed by the support we have both received since joining The St Helena Association 2 years ago. After talking it through we both felt that we would like to give this our best effort and continue on with the fantastic work that has been done”.
In addition to Vilma and Trevor's departure, both Lettie Constantine and Jennifer Scarpa have too decided to retire from the committee. Long-serving committee member, James Miller has also been given a dual role as both Marketing Executive as well as the new Head of Events.
Another change of position sees Debbie Evans, daughter of the late Owen George MBE, be voted in as Vice President of The Association with Candy Moyce remaining as President.
“As a child, I saw the passion that my Dad had for The Association and what it achieved. As an adult, I now fully understand that passion. I feel humbled and honoured to be voted in as Vice President I'm not looking to walk in dad's shoes, as they wouldn't fit, but I am looking to learn and help to make a difference where I can.
Speaking on these new changes, long-standing committee member and President Candy Moyce commented "I would like to personally congratulate this exciting and vibrant new committee for continuing our mission of supporting the St Helena Island community both here and overseas. But I would like to extend my thanks to our departing members in particular Trevor and Vilma for their exceptional quality of work".
"Undoubtedly the Secretary and Treasurer position is a tough one to fill but I know that both Shaz and Doug Stevens will successfully carry on the stirling work that has already been complete. With James Miller as Head of Events and Marketing and the continued support of all the committee, I can see a very exciting future for The St Helena Association."
Due to the impacts of COVID-19 on the global entertainment and events industry, The Association is working towards COVID safe events to continue fundraising safely and to meet government guidelines.
If you want to find out more about our brand new team, please head to our about us page.