SEYCHELLES: GENDER/SNA/7/8/18 SABANews 1
VICTORIA – President DANNY FAURE of SEYCHELLES has appointed the FIRST female Chairperson of the Electoral Commission in the INDIAN Ocean island country.
LUCIANA LAGRENADE says she is proud to become the FIRST woman to take up the post and is ready to accept the challenge ahead.
Records show Ms LAGRENADE joined the University of SEYCHELLES in 2013 as the Examinations officer, bringing with her a wealth of experience in the public and voluntary sectors.
She was quick to write the required policy and procedures to cover all aspects of the learning institution’s assessment, after which she established an Exams Office – and became Quality Assurance Manager.
Ms LAGRENADE has a Diploma in Teaching and a Bachelor of Education from EDITH COWAN University in PERTH, AUSTRALIA, plus a Master’s degree in ENGLISH Language Teaching from the University of WARWICK, UNITED KINGDOM.
She later worked and obtained a SECOND Master’s Degree in Business Law awarded by DE MONTFORT University, UNITED KINGDOM, after which she qualified for Certificates in Measurement and Evaluation and another in Leadership and Middle Management.
Her ability as Director of Quality Assurance is due to her experience from a period of FOUR years as Quality Assurance Officer at the Ministry of Education.
Ms LAGRENADE has also held senior positions as Director of the Consumer Affairs Department and of Communications and Corporate Services – where she was a founding member of the Fair Trading Commission.
At the same time, she has extensive experience of teaching as well as education management, and she is well-known for her contribution in a variety of ways to aspects of the SEYCHELLES society.
Ms LAGRENADE is ONE of TWO Vice-Presidents of the RED CROSS SOCIETY of SEYCHELLES and she chairs the Society’s Disaster Management Committee.
She has been actively involved in all aspects of the group’s work for 15 years, following a number of intensive training in disaster management locally and in the region – including in LA REUNION, MAURITIUS, and KENYA.
President FAURE has appointed Ms LAGRENADE and other members of the new Electoral Commission after recommendations of the Constitutional Appointments Authority.
SNA says the electoral body comprises a Chairperson and SIX other officials who are to serve for a SEVEN-year term, according to the national Constitution.
The national broadcaster also says all the new members took the oath of office last FRIDAY at State House in the capital, VICTORIA.
It says Ms LAGRENADE has addressed journalists during a media briefing, saying she is proud and joyous to be the FIRST ever SEYCHELLES woman to lead the Commission.
She says despite her pride and excitement, she always believes a position of leadership should not be gender specific, but should be based on a person’s ability and willingness.
Ms LAGRENADE says a leader should be able to take an institution and decide on the direction and the mechanism required to take the organisation where the head wants it to be.
She says she and her team have clinched a great opportunity to show they can uphold what the Constitution demands, carry out the duties of the agency to uphold national democracy through transparent processes and procedures.
The other SIX SEYCHELLES Electoral Commissioners are JENNY ADRIENNE, PATRICK JOSEPH HOAREAU, HENRY BASTIENNE, WENDY DIDON, NORLIS HOAREAU, and VERONIQUE BONNELAME./Sabanews/cam