Diocese of Haiti Announces New Initiatives at Saint Vincent’s Centre

The Governing Board of Saint Vincent Centre for Handicapped Children (l-r): Ken Quigley, Robert Radtke (ex-officio), Sr. Kethia Jean-Simon, William Craddock, Dr. Stan Shaffer, Dr. Dianne Jean-Franҫois, Cynthia Jaar Handal, Régine Désulmé Polynice, Ary Theodore (not pictured: Dr. Susan Nelson)

The Governing Board of Saint Vincent Centre for Handicapped Children (l-r): Ken Quigley, Robert Radtke (ex-officio), Sr. Kethia Jean-Simon, William Craddock, Dr. Stan Shaffer, Dr. Dianne Jean-Franҫois, Cynthia Jaar Handal, Régine Désulmé Polynice, Ary Theodore (not pictured: Dr. Susan Nelson)

Port-au-Prince–The Diocese of Haiti (Episcopal Church, USA) is pleased to announce exciting new initiatives at Saint Vincent’s Centre for Handicapped Children (SVC). Founded in 1945 by Sister Joan, a physical therapist and member of the Society of Saint Margaret, SVC is one of 245 schools operated by the Episcopal Diocese of Haiti. Unique among all the valuable ministries in the diocese, St. Vincent’s is the only school in Haiti which provides academic, clinical, and residential services for blind, deaf, physically disabled, and learning disabled children.

The Rt. Rev. Jean-Zaché Duracin, Bishop of the Diocese Haiti, has called for the formation of a new governing board to support the work of the Centre. The SVC Board of Directors is responsible for creating a strategic plan, setting policies, and providing oversight of all daily and long-term activities of of SVC. Duracin appointed board members from both Haiti and the United States, and asked William S. Craddock, Jr. to serve as the first chairman. After 23 years as a business executive, Bill worked with Trinity Church, Wall Street in the development and management of The Clergy Leadership Project from 1991 until 1995. For the next five years, he served as Director of The Cornerstone Project, a ministry of The Episcopal Church Foundation. Bill served as the Managing Director of CREDO Institute, Inc. from 2001 until 2012 and then served as Senior Vice President of the Church Pension Group overseeing Education and Wellness programs. He retired in April of 2015.

Following its first official meeting in April 2016, the board called for the hiring of Aurélie Fièvre (Administrative Manager) to assist the daily duties currently carried by SVC’s director, Fr. Frantz “Fanfan” Cole. Aurélie lives in Port-au-Prince and will help manage the many operational and business details of SVC. She has a bachelor’s degree in law (University of Montreal), and a master’s degree in public administration (John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York City).

In addition, due to the generosity of the Children’s Medical Mission of Haiti, the board was able to hire Jennifer S.T. Wickham to be the Centre’s first-ever development coordinator. A lifelong Episcopalian, Wickham is a nonprofit professional with over 25 years experience in program development, education, fundraising, and social outreach in both the U.S. and in Haiti. In concert with the SVC Board of Directors and the Development Office of the Episcopal Church, Wickham’s duties will focus on both operational and capital fundraising, donor relationships, communication, and the coordination of new and existing partner relationships with SVC. She is based in the United States.

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