Miss SVG 2022 Contestant #3, Miss Shannan John, proudly sponsored by Caribbean Engineering and Design Consultants (CEDCO) yesterday, Sunday, September 18th, 2022, launched her community service project titled “PROMOTING SAFETY AND REDUCING CRIME in the community of Vermont”
According to John, her motto is promoting safety and reducing crime one step at a time.
Below is Shannon John’s speech from yesterday’s launch.
“Ladies, gentlemen, children of Vermont and neighbouring areas, online viewers and listeners, Good Afternoon. Many of you would already be familiar with my face and know exactly who I am. Either as “Spence Daughter” or “Ann Marie One Gyel Pickney”. But for those of you who are not yet familiar, I am Shannan John, the daughter of Ann- Marie Spence and I am proud to be from this nature valley that many of you call home. As a child, I relocated to the United States of America to further my studies and overall academic development.
Despite dealing with the challenges that comes with a cultural shift I managed to study all the way through undergrad, obtaining my Associate of Arts in Teacher Education, and my Bachelor of Arts in both Teacher Education and Psychology. In July 2020, just a few months after the tragic COVID outbreak in America I decided to relocate back to my home in which I knew best, St. Vincent and the Grenadines. For the past two years, I have met so many wonderful people who motivated me to always push through all the obstacles that I was facing through the rough COVID era. The kindness of these persons that motivated and helped me, pushed me into thinking how I can give back to my community and all communities within St. Vincent and the Grenadines. That thought drove me to the sign up board for Miss SVG and has given me the opportunity to stand before you now as Miss CEDCO Contestant #3.
The journey thus far has not at all been easy but the prayers and the support of my family, friends, supporters, sponsor, chaperone and team has gotten me this far. When we were randomly assigned our topics for this year’s very first community based project, I was ecstatic to have been assigned “Promoting Safety and Reducing Crime”. Reason being is because of the many negative stigmas that surround the community of Vermont, because of what is portrayed in the media. But I have lived here long enough to know that you my people are not at all what they say. Vermont is filled with hard workers, motivated individuals and some of the best farmers you can think of young and old and I see how diligently everyone works to make sure that they and their family are fed. They gave us a week to execute this project but with the help from my sponsor the unity that we plan to resonate through Vermont will last a lifetime.
The journey begins today then tomorrow at 5:00 PM there will be a CPR training session free and open to anyone who will like to be skilled in the area, being able to save a life. Tuesday would be the launch of the neighborhood watch website where my chaperone Jamie will go into more detail about the benefits and how it can be utilized. Wednesday, look out for me at Buccament Government School along with a member of the D.A.R.E program. And for those of you who are not familiar with D.A.R.E, D.A.R.E is short for Drug Abuse Resistance Education. I will be targeting the Grade 5 and 6 students along with visiting the K-4 to promote ways in which they can be safe and also choose the right path. Thursday will be the self-defense training session once again free and open to all who are interested in learning how to protect themselves. Friday will be the community clean up and I am seeking volunteers from today who would like to join me in cutting down the grass where the road gangs don’t get to reach in time so areas like Top Vermont going towards the trail, Top pepper village even the center yard itself. Lunch and refreshments will be served to all volunteers.
Now, last but not least is my Grand Finale on Saturday being held at the Hope Playing Field. The first annual anti violence competition where I would have the children of Buccament Government School or any neighboring school express what they know about promoting safety and reducing crime through songs, poems, drawings, and dances. The children will compete and prizes will be won thereafter along with the participation in many other different activities such as an old school sack race. This day will also be the official launch of Vermont FC, a team with the help of my sponsor, that has been brought into the community to not only compete in local competitions but to promote brotherhood among our boys and young men. They will compete against the police football team and are already excited to keep that trophy home, I invite you all to come out and support them.
No matter the venue, no matter the activity, nothing will be possible without your humble support. So once again my people of Vermont and any neighboring community, do not hesitate to join me on this road to change. I am Shannan John, Promoting safety and reducing crime. One step at a time. Thank You”
Please see Shannan John’s list is activities as part of her theme Promoting safety and reducing crime.