SVGCC Takes Regional Debate Top Spot

In photo standing L – R: Zachary Richards (debater), Juno Laborde (Assistant coach & Assistant Registrar),
Haronese Collins (debater), Casey Defreitas (debater), B. Tedra Kirby (Coach & Lecturer), and DeaneyGellizeau (debater).
Seated: Eula Adams (SVGCC Deputy Director and local WIDC Chair)

The St. Vincent and the Grenadines Community College (SVGCC) emerged as champions of the 2020 Windward Islands Debating Competition (WIDC) held this past weekend in Roseau, Dominica.

The SVGCC, which advanced to the finals after defeating Dominica State College, dethroned defending champions T.A Marryshow Community College of Grenada. Debaters DeaneyGellizeau and Zachary Richards opposed that topic “The lack of youth involvement in local politics is a direct result of the political culture of the region”, and walked away with a 399.5 - 381.5 victory over their rivals.

Director of the SVGCC, Nigel Scott, commented on the school’s victory by stating “I am really very pleased with the efforts of the team in this year's debate. Their preparation was excellent as evidenced by their performance and they executed well. They have truly done us proud." His sentiments were echoed by SVGCC Deputy Director and local WIDC Chairperson, Eula Adams, who stated that she was extremely proud of the team’s effort and was happy to witness it live in person. Adams also took the opportunity to remind students that nothing limits excellence, after which she commended the efforts of coaches B. Tedra Kirby and Juno Laborde-Maloney. She expressed that she is confident that with them at the helm of the SVGCC’s Debating Society, it will experience even more success. Team SVGCC was also awarded the Caribbean Centre for Development Administration (CARICAD) “Team Excellence” trophy, which was awarded to the team that best exemplified the values of the competition. This is the first time such an award has been given. Each debater will also receive a smart watch as part of their winnings.

The college takes this opportunity to acknowledge the support of the Ancient Order of Foresters Court , the National Lotteries Authority and Mr Dennis Gaymes, as well as the support of staff, students and friends of the SVGCC.

The team returned home on Sunday March 8th 2020 at 1pm. Casey DeFreitas and Haronese Collins were also part of the delegation.


SVGCC Advances to Debate Final in Dominica

In photo - L-R: B. Tedra Kirby (Coach/Lecturer), Zachary Richards (Debater) and Deaney Gellizeau (Debater)

The St. Vincent and the Grenadines Community College (SVGCC) has advanced to the finals of the 2020 Windward Islands Debating Competition (WIDC) currently underway in Roseau, Dominica. The SVGCC defeated two-time champion and home team Dominica State College, 526-469, in the first round of the competition on Friday 6th March, 2020. Deaney Gellizeau and Zachary Richards of the SVGCC propositioned the topic “It is the Responsibility of Youth to Lead the Climate Change Action”.

Team coach and lecturer B. Tedra Kirby, who took on the role of coach in late 2019, expressed her satisfaction in the team’s first-round victory by stating “The boys represented the College and the country very well earlier today and it has truly been a pleasure to witness them hone their debating skills. They have been committed to the process since day one and getting through round one is evidence of that. Overcoming the first hurdle is good; however, we know the work here isn’t done. We now have a final to prepare for and we certainly intend to present a very strong challenge to our opponents”. Gellizeau and Richards would compete against debaters from the T.A Marryshow Community College of Grenada, and would oppose the topic “The Lack of Youth Involvement in Local Politics is a Direct Result of the Political Culture of the Region”.

The final is set for Saturday 7th, March 2020.


SVGCC Debaters to Compete in Dominica 

In photo L-R: Deaney Gellizeau, Zachary Richards, Haronese Collins, and Casey DeFreitas

 Four (4) students representing the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Community College (SVGCC) would leave the state on Thursday 5th March, 2020 to compete in this year’s Windward Islands Debating Competition (WIDC). Zachary Richards, Casey DeFreitas, Deaney Gellizeau, and Haronese Collins would compete in the weekend long competition in Roseau, Dominica where they would address topics surrounding youth involvement in climate change, medicinal marijuana, and the political climate within the Caribbean.

This year’s competition is hosted by the Dominica State College (DSC) and would see participation from students representing the various state colleges of St. Lucia, Grenada, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, and Dominica. Local WIDC Chairperson and Deputy Director of the SVGCC, Eula Adams, expressed that the competition aids in the development of the students’ networking abilities, research capabilities, and oratory skills. The students would be accompanied by Mrs. Adams, as well as Assistant Registrar, Juno Laborde and Lecturer, Tedra Kirby.

The delegation is expected to return to SVG on Sunday 8th March, 2020.

The WIDC takes place in a different Windward Island each year.



All administrative offices at the Villa Campus of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Community College will be closed between the hours of 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. on Friday 28th February 2020. This is to facilitate a staff function. We regret any inconvenience caused.


Registration for National Lotteries SVGCC Track and Field Heats Day 2020

Interested persons are reminded that registration for Heats day closes on Friday 13th March, 2020.

The events to be completed are; 60M, 100M, 200M, 400M, 800M, 1500M, High jump, Long Jump and Shot Putt - All male and Female.

If you wish to compete in any of these events, send an email to the Sports Coordinator, Mr Roxell John at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Include in your message your full name, gender, division and the event(s) you wish to compete in.

Heats will be held on Thursday 19th March, 2020 and the National Lotteries SVGCC Track and Field Finals will be held on Friday 3rd April, 2020.