The youth arm of the Halo Foundation, Generation Y, has welcomed a new executive member. Michael Joseph, Past President of the Antigua and Barbuda Red Cross, has joined the team as volunteer Chief of Operations.
Joseph, who is a pharmacist by profession and a proud business owner, said “I admire the focus of Halo Generation Y on real life issues affecting the youth today. My passion has always been youth engagement and youth development, and while I enjoyed my previous roles supporting the wider humanitarian agenda, I wanted to be more focused on youth as these are the true drivers and change makers who help to fix many of the inherent problems of our societies now, and will continue to do so in times to come”.
Joseph will play a critical part in driving the humanitarian agenda with particular attention to youth, as well as the direction of special interest committees. His extensive training portfolio and leadership experience, including representation of Antigua and Barbuda Red Cross at several international conferences, relates significantly to the responsibility of his new management role within the Halo Foundation.
“During these unprecedented times, it is important for young people to see this not as a challenge, but as an opportunity”, said Joseph. “It’s an opportunity for personal development — and when I say development, I mean taking advantage of the time to learn a foreign language; put that business idea in your head unto paper or do some free online course to give yourself the edge in a rapidly increasing competitive market”.
President of Halo Generation Y, Brent Scotland commented: “Michael is a very valuable addition to our crew. We look forward to strategising the future of the organisation in a way that is increasingly meaningful.”
H.E. Lady Williams, who founded the charity in 2014, remarked that “Michael Joseph’s bright spirit of volunteerism and constant nudging of youth-centric dialogue and action is rather admirable. We are proud of his contribution and achievements to date, and look forward to his involvement with Halo”.
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