[Press Release] The RBC Young Leaders of the Choiseul Secondary School has become synonymous with innovation, originality, creativity, uniqueness, and of course, leaders.
This year, the young leaders have definitely lived up to their name as they depict the theme, “I am WE: Leading Change in Our Community.” The group has as its main focus the inclusion of the blind and visually impaired in the country. As a result, the group has undertaken a mission to improve the accessibility to various basic services to these differently abled persons in our society.
As sighted individuals, we sometimes take for granted the ability to walk into a service centre, negotiate and carry out ordinary everyday activities. However, in the absence of an assistant (friend or family member), it is virtually impossible for the blind and visually impaired to access and make use of run of the mill essentials.
As part of the project for 2018, a number of ventures were undertaken including:
– A simulated blind shopping experience at one of our leading supermarkets
– An island drive sensitization into the lives of the blind and visually impaired
– The garnering of financial support for the St. Lucia Blind Welfare Association
– The creation and placement of Braille lists of essential services offered by various institutions
According to the president of the group Leizner Cadette, “While we are elated about all our activities, we are particularly proud to have been the first to make it possible for these differently abled persons to independently read the services offered at financial institutions, popular fast food establishments, hospitals and emergency shelters.
The RBC Young Leaders Project competition is sponsored by RBC Bank, and is held annually.