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Film Producer Koby Maxwell Joins Rebuild Dominica

During the 2016 Planning Meeting on January 16th, Rebuild Dominica gained a new board member. Film producer, Koby Maxwell, who originates from Ghana, attended the meeting, which was hosted at the headquarters of Omni Systems in Arlington, Virginia.

Koby Maxwell comes on board as the nonprofit gears up for a partnership with a global event that will be announced this Spring. Mr. Maxwell will serve as the Director of Film Liaison for Rebuild Dominica. In this new role, the well-known film producer intends to introduce a new project that promotes AfroCarib relations while focusing on new ways to boost Dominica’s tourism industry.

Left to right: Gabriel Christian, Koby Maxwell, & Tarnia Green
Left to right: Gabriel Christian, Koby Maxwell, & Tarnia Green

Targeting the creation of a film industry in Dominica and the Diaspora, this project compliments Rebuild Dominica’s mission to provide creative and sustainable options for reconstruction in The Commonwealth of Dominica. With the popularity of Nollywood films on the island as well as the surrounding Caribbean isles, launching a film industry in Dominica would put focus on an untapped market.

More details will be announced during this summer. Resource persons interested in joining this project should register as a volunteer with Rebuild Dominica and provide details on their areas of expertise.

About Rebuild Dominica, Inc:
The Rebuild Dominica is a non-profit organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to raise and distribute funds, expertise and material resources in support of the recovery and reconstruction efforts of communities on The Commonwealth of Dominica that were impacted by floods from Tropical Storm Erika.

Rebuild Dominica Inc aims to make a sustainable, long term impact, and focuses on programs that address the unmet needs of communities around Dominica. The organization is inspired by the spirit of volunteerism, team work and cooperative self-help. Dominica has a long heritage of working together for the common good. In Dominica’s French creole language, those values of community self-help have a name; it is called: Koudmen. Rebuild Dominica serves to personify this spirit of Koudmen.

This write-up was prepared by the Media Relations Team at Rebuild Dominica. For more information regarding this post, contact LaDàna Drigo at 202.670.6489 or info@AbovePrestigePR.com.

Points Of Contact For Rebuild Dominica

On Saturday August 29, 2015, Dominicans, Caribbean nationals and their American neighbours gathered at the sanctuary of the Evangel Assembly in Temple Hills, Maryland under the auspices of Pastor St. Clair Mitchel to launch Rebuild Dominica.

At this meeting, officers and committee chairs were elected to manage the activities of Rebuild Dominica charged with the responsibility to reach out to existing Dominica diaspora associations and friends to maximise the effect of our collective relief efforts.

Please feel free to reach out to the people below to join us as we forge ahead to rebuild Dominica stronger than ever.

Officers

Name Position Contact Information
Gabriel Christian Chair 301-661-3280
Sasha Shillingford Vice Chair and Government Liaison 202-257-4458
Cecil “B.J.” Lockhart Secretary 202-270-5505
Billy Robinson Associate Secretary
David Winston Treasurer 240-605-1560
Chardelle Moore Spokesperson 571-490-6482
Adella Toulon-Foerster Associate Spokesperson adella.toulon@gmail.com
Avril P. Bertrand Event Planner 240-535-5344
Reginald Vigilant IT Director 703-851-7947
Derrick Williams, III
Michael Davis
Claire Nelson
Christian McCoy
Government Liaisons

Committee Members and Points of Contact

Area Committee Members
Agriculture, Economic Development, and Investment Clayton Shillingford
B.J. Lockhart
Stephen Matthews
Christine McCoy
Medical Care Tomenka Ettinoffe
Michael Davis
Rebuilding and Infrastructure Jerome Austrie
Shipping and Logistics Francis Richards
Education and Social Media Steve Foerster

Getting Started

Today a first step was taken in our effort to rebuild Dominica.  A meeting was held with considerable attendance to found a new relief organisation to coordinate the energy of the Diaspora in the Washington, D.C. area.

Gabriel Christian, an attorney who has long been resident in Maryland and is a prominent member of the Diaspora, was elected Chair of the new organisation, entitled Rebuild Dominica.  Mr Christian remarked:

On Saturday August 29, 2015, there was tremendous energy at the launch of Rebuild Dominica. Today we had the presence of Dominicans from all walks of life, the U.S. Peace Corps ex-volunteer group, U.S. State Department, Institute of Caribbean Studies, businesses and other American and Caribbean entities united in common humanitarian cause. This effort is to provide a common platform atop which we can communicate, collaborate and cooperate in the relief effort in wake of the Tropical Storm Erika tragedy. We ask all concerned humanity to join hands to help rebuild Dominica.

Other officers and committee chairs were voted in by the membership as well, and a complete roster is forthcoming.  There is still great need for those from all walks of life to offer their skills in service to rebuild Dominica, all are welcome.

A few additional notes:

  • A Rebuild Dominica Facebook group has been established, all who use social platform Facebook are requested to join to make communication easier.
  • A Twitter feed has been established, those who use that service are asked to follow @RebuildDominica and include it in any relevant tweets.
  • A follow up meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, 2nd September.  Details, including information on conference call access, will be posted shortly.

It is also worth reporting that Dominicans around the world are coming together in their communities seeking ways to cooperate to help provide relief to their homeland.  A coordinating conference call took place amongst groups starting spontaneously in several North American cities.  Further details are to come.

If you are able to help, or even if you’re not sure you can but would like to learn more, please join us.  Together, we will rebuild Dominica.

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