ST. GEORGE’S , GRENADA , Wednesday, September 15, 2010: At a brief ceremony during the morning assembly of the Wesley College Secondary School on Monday 13th September 2010, officials of the National Ozone Unit (NOU) in the Energy Division of the Ministry of Finance, made a special presentation to Jonissa Auguste, a student at the school.

Jonissa was awarded for creating a painting that was used in the Regional Network Calendar, the highlight of a Caribbean Regional Public Awareness activity organized by the National Ozone Officers of the English speaking Caribbean. Jonissa received a cheque for EC$500.00 and a certificate of recognition.

During Monday’s brief ceremony, Project Officer in the NOU, Mr. Leslie Smith, indicated that Jonissa’s work received international recognition through the worldwide distribution of the calendar.

The NOU also took the opportunity to make two presentations to the school body. They were presented with:

  • A billboard with the painting created by Jonissa. This billboard was unveiled at the school following the assembly; and
  • Porter size paintings of art – given to each classroom and the staffroom.

These presentations were all made as part of the week of activities leading up to International Ozone Day which will be celebrated on Thursday September 16, 2010, under the theme: “Ozone layer protection: governance and compliance at their best.”

Mr. Smith used the opportunity to remind the students and teachers of the need to protect the Ozone Layer and the effects to human health by destruction of the ozone layer. He advised them on protecting themselves from the damaging effects of the ozone layer depletion.