My name is Marcia Smith and I was born in the parish of St. Michael. I attended St. Paul’s Primary and the Federal High School in Barbados. In 1976 I immigrated to Canada where I completed my education at Seneca College. I moved to New York in 1982 and have lived in South Florida for the past 12 years. At present, I am the Secretary for the Barbadian Alliance Coalition for the past year, and previously the Secretary for the Barbados Cultural Association, South Florida, Inc., (BCASF), a position I held continuously for the past 4 years.
I also served as Chairperson of the BCASF’s Independence Committee, calling on my organizational skills to successfully host their annual Banquet each November. Professionally, I am the Layout Supervisor at a major newspaper in the South Florida area. In this capacity, I interact with all levels of management and have enhanced my interpersonal skills to an admirable level. Working with a newspaper has also given me good experience with working under stringent deadlines.
In January 2008, I was appointed Assistant Secretary of NABO. In January 2010 I was elected to the position of Secretary. I have become very knowledgeable of the Barbadians in the United States and have developed a keen interest and commitment to the goals of NABO as an umbrella organization for the Diaspora. In seeking a second term for the position of Secretary, I am again showing my commitment to the advancement of NABO in particular and to the Barbadian Diaspora as a whole.
If elected, I promise to use all my experience and skills in working with other members of the Executive especially to ensure better communication between NABO and its member Associations such that each has opportunity for input and feels an integral part of the Organization. Also, that the conduct of all NABO business is done in accordance with its By-Laws. I submit my candidacy for your consideration and support.