Governance in BVI Health Services


Vessilie-Mathavious_photoThe Frederick Pickering Memorial Foundation is pleased to announce its 27th public lecture titled “Mind the Gaps: Governance, Execution and Accountability in Health Services,” at the Eileene Parsons Auditorium on Thursday 29th January 2015 at 7:30pm.  The lecture will be delivered from a through nursing perspective by Ms. Vessilie Mathavious, a former nurse and Chief Nursing Officer at Peebles Hospital with sound experience.

Ms. Vessilie Mathavious, a daughter of the soil received her early education in the BVI through the Elementary and Secondary Schools before becoming a graduate of Vanderbilt University in Tennessee, a private research University and Medical Centre. Having worked in the Caribbean, UK and USA, Ms. Mathavious has acquired a broad range of nursing skills from emergency response, anaesthesiology, and midwifery, intensive therapy to basic care understanding the standards for nursing practices, administration and nursing professional conduct.

Frederick Pickering was the first black Virgin Islander to administer the Government of the Virgin Islands and to be honoured by the Crown, and through the efforts of the late Dr. Norwell Harrigan, the old Educational Trust of the 1960s was renamed in his honour.  The trust is set up for worthy Virgin Islanders who want to take advantage of a revolving loan fund to further their education.  The Foundation is driven on the concept of good governance, and facilitates annual lectures and workshops in the areas of economics, social history, education and politics of the Virgin Islands to bring awareness to the people of the territory.  The trustees of this Foundation include Mrs. Dancia Penn-Sallah, Mr. Elton Georges, Mr. Audley Maduro, Dr. Michael O’Neal (Chairman), and Mr. Tony Harrigan (Executive Director).