Centennial Bermuda Foundation welcomes new Review Committee members

Centennial Bermuda Foundation has welcomed five members of the public to join its Grants Review Committees. The new members read grant applications from Bermuda’s third sector and make recommendations for funding projects that are aligned with Centennial’s published Grantmaking Priorities and Guidelines.

New committee members are;
● Melissa Butler, PharmD, PhD, MPH, MBA, Operations Manager at Somerset Pharmacy, and
● Ibou Barry, BA, MBA, Bacardi Brand Manager for Burrows Lightbourn.
● Ricardo Graham-Ward, BEng, MSc, CEng, PMP, Civil/Structural Engineer at IEPC Ltd.,
● Peter Goodall, MBA, Managing Director, owner of Salthouse Investments Ltd, and
● Carleen Place, BSc Business Management, Registrar at Bermuda College.

Melissa Butler and Ibou Barry have joined the review committee for applications relating to Community Health & Fundamental Needs.

Melissa Butler, a pharmacist with a background in health services research and clinical practice, has a global perspective on health challenges. Through daily interactions with diverse communities and varied work experiences, she offers valuable insights on complex health issues.

Ibou Barry, as a former Board member of The Inter Agency Committee for Children and Families (IAC), has insight into the needs of many of Bermuda’s essential services non-profits. Ibou is also the Chairman of Pembroke Hamilton Club’s (PHC) Technical Development Committee, assisting in the physical, educational and social development of student athletes and coaches, whilst also coaching boys and girls for 16 years. He has strong ties to the community through his volunteer roles and brings his perspective on the fundamental needs in the community.

Ricardo Graham-Ward, Peter Goodall, and Carleen Place have joined the review committee for applications relating to Economic Participation.

Ricardo Graham-Ward, is a Chartered Civil Engineer working for IEPC Limited as a Civil/Structural Engineer. Ricardo has broad experience in the area of Economic Participation, having previously worked with the Bermuda Government: Ministry of Public Works and Ministry of Economy and Labour on numerous economic stimulus initiatives. He will offer support in several areas of Centennial’s community investment priorities, such as Career Advisement and Readiness, Workforce Equity, and Workforce Development.

Peter Goodall, founder of Property Skipper, the online property website, and more recently Bermuda’s first mortgage brokerage, has a strong financial background and an understanding of entrepreneurial needs. His experience will support Centennial’s grantmaking priorities in the areas of Financial and Digital Literacy, and in Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

Carleen Place, the Registrar at Bermuda College, previously worked for HSBC as their Learning and Development Relationship Manager. Carleen will support Centennial’s Economic Participation priorities in Career Readiness, Workforce Equity, and Workforce Development.

Centennial Managing Director Allison Towlson welcomed the new committee members. “We are honoured to welcome these community leaders to our hardworking Grants Review Committees. Their work with Centennial involves great dedication and a deep desire for meaningful, positive partnerships in our community.”

“I also extend my gratitude to those who are stepping away from committees, and I thank each of them for their contribution and commitment to the community. Thank you to Dwight Robinson and Kelly Francis from the Public Education Review Committee, Chip Waters from the Economic Participation Committee, and Ronald Simmons and Dr. Burton Butterfield from the Community Health & Fundamental Needs Committee.”

The names of all Board, Staff and Review Committee members are listed on Centennial’s website at www.centennial.bm/about

Centennial is Bermuda’s largest private philanthropic organisation and funds many non-profit projects and initiatives, and post-secondary scholarships. Funding is offered in five focus areas; Community Health, Fundamental Needs, Cultural & Community Connections, Economic Participation, and Public Education, with review committees addressing the various focus areas.

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