Annual EB John Memorial Bursary launched

By Admin. Updated 10:16 a.m., Wednesday, August 18, 2021, Atlantic Standard Time (GMT-4).

An education bursary in honour of the late Evans Bernard ‘EB’ John has been created by the Toronto SVG Support Group (TTSVGSG).

EB John, a former diplomat and broadcaster, passed away on August 19, 2021.

In a release, the Toronto SVG Support Group (TTSVGSG) said that the EB John Memorial Bursary has been established to commemorate the passing of Mr. John who was a colleague, friend and founder of the organization.

The bursary will be awarded each year to a National of St. Vincent and The Grenadines pursuing post-secondary studies in the Communication Arts or related field at the Open Campus of the University of the West Indies, the release stated.

“In the first year, the Bursary amount will be two thousand Eastern Caribbean dollars ($2,000 EC) that will be awarded to one individual. Details on the application and selection process will be provided at a later date. The bursary amounts and awardees will be announced each subsequent year by TTSVGSG,” the release stated.

“The TTSVGSG expects this bursary will help deserving individuals achieve excellence in a field that was close to EB’s heart and thereby, be a fitting tribute in his honour,” the release added.

EB founded The Toronto SVG Support Group in 2012. His vision for the Group, as stated among its core objectives, was to promote and facilitate positive interaction among nationals of SVG throughout the Diaspora, and to partner with or otherwise support any other SVG and Caribbean group or persons with a similar vision. Through its steadfast and consistent contributions, activities and support to other groups since 2012, EB’s vision has been, and continues to be, fulfilled, the release added.

Mr. John was a former general manager of the National Broadcasting Corporation (705 FM Radio) in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, from 1987 to 1997; ex-Consul General of St. Vincent and the Grenadines to Canada; and erstwhile Chief Liaison Officer for the sub-regional Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Farm Workers Program in Canada, according to the Vincentian Newspaper.

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