[Press Release] Break Free Through Drug Education
The Substance Abuse Advisory Council Secretariat (SAACS) in collaboration with the Probation and Parole Department held a closing ceremony to mark the end of a six (6) week training programme for sixteen (16) participants. The training conducted under the theme “Break Free Through Drug Education” was facilitated by Caleb Paul of the SAACS, with the assistance of Barry Modeste from Turning Point and Rohn Peter from Gender Relations. The programme focused on empowering participants to make informed choices to improve their general wellbeing.
One participant voiced his satisfaction with the programme, stating that he was pleased to have obtained the experience and is committed to using the knowledge obtained to enhance himself while encourage others to remain drug free.
Guest speaker, Hubert Emmanuel, former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Agriculture and Former Ambassador of Saint Lucia in Taiwan, reminded the participants of the power of the mind and the need to acquire and use their newly acquired knowledge for personal development. He also encouraged the participants to continually think of new ideas and means of creating employment and keeping occupied in a constructive and positive way.
The facilitator also expressed his satisfaction with the level of engagement and dedication from the participants and pledged his continued support for outreach programmes of this nature.
The Probation Department has vowed to continue collaboration with SAACS and encouraged the participants to seek their guidance when necessary.
The training graduation ceremony took place on Wednesday 4th May 2018, at the National Skills Development Centre in Vieux-Fort.