After months of our vocal outraged by lack of transparency, accountability and action by the West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA) committee, we at JayBlessed.com are elated to see that new changes are now in effect in the antiquated governing body of the annual Labor Day celebrations.
We are pleased to say that on April 27th, the organizing body under the new leadership and presidency of Mr. Thomas Bailey, sent a press release sent to JayBlessed.com in their effort to try to connect with the community at large.
The newly elected members of WIADCA as of April 11th are, Thomas Bailey, President; Bryan Block, Vice President Deborah Benjamin; Vice President William R. Howard; Vice President; Eric Gibbs, Chairman; Angela Sealy Treasurer and Jean P. Alexander Secretary. Other Board members are Yolanda L. Clark, Calvin Collins, Karen Williams, Michael Greaves, Larry Allahdua, Randolph Brewster, Godfrey Jack and Randolph Babb.
Here’s the press release:
(BROOKLYN, New York): The annual Labor Day Carnival Festival that culminates with the famed Labor Day Carnival Parade, down Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn, will be managed and run this year by a new team. Just two weeks ago, amid swirling negative and unsubstantiated speculations, WIADCA members threw their unconditional support behind veteran Brooklyn soccer organizer and WIADCA stalwart, Thomas “Tom” Bailey, as its new president replacing Ms. Yolanda Lezama- Clarke who recently resigned.
“The organization’s membership has spoken. I am honored and humbled to become the third individual to lead this important group that is the lawful custodian of the annual Labor Day Carnival Festival. The new WIADCA TEAM is committed to the preservation of our culture and to move the organization forward in a new and positive direction,” Tom Bailey said.
Bailey said that the New WIADCA Team has already met with both Mas and Steel bands and presented them with checks that were won at the 2011 competitions. He told both organizations at the packed, standing room only meeting that at the top of this priority list was “improving relations with all of the carnival festival’s stakeholders.”
“Let us usher in a new era of cooperation and friendship. I want to hear from you and what are your concerns. This festival is bigger than one individual or organization. We must come together to take it to new and bigger heights. I need your help and support,” Bailey said.
For further information: please contact WIADCA at 718-467-1797 Email: email@example.com
Mr. Bailey, we at JayBlessed.com make ourselves available to your for discussions and to help in whatever way we can in the mobilizing our community, preserving our heritage and in fostering better communication and understanding amongst your committee, our community and the NYPD.
All the best!