Peter Beckingham

Peter Beckingham

Governor in Turks and Caicos Islands

Part of UK in Grand Turk

27th February 2014 Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos

Inspiring step towards empowering Turks and Caicos Islanders

Sanya Richards RossOver 100 children in their last two years at school had a Friday of a different sort in the Turks and Caicos Islands recently.

Instead of the normal classroom routines they were invited to a 5 Star Resort on TCI’s Grace Bay for lunch, and an opportunity to hear Sanya Richards-Ross, one of the world’s best athletes, talk about motivation.

This different sort of day was offered to the schools by a Canadian developer of resorts in TCI, Stan Hartling, whose company was holding the groundbreaking event for their new resort, the Shore Club.

As well as a first class lunch, the children had an opportunity to talk to some 20 companies who had set up career stands to describe the sort of work they were offering. Each of the companies, ranging from accountancy firms to quantity surveyors, are involved in the Shore Club development.

During lunch four times Olympic gold medallist Jamaican Richards-Ross described how she had stuck with her ambitions, despite injuries and losses, to come back at the London Olympics, winning three golds after an eight year gap.

Stan Hartling also told the audience at the groundbreaking how he had pushed through with this new development despite the major economic difficulties after 2008.

The Shore Club will be the first major condominium resort on Long Bay, is a groundbreaker in every sense for TCI, and just the sort of initiative the country needs to really start to generate growth.

A couple of days after the happy events of the groundbreaking I was doing some quick shopping on Providenciales. The young check out assistant recognised me from the event at the Shore Club. A student from Clement Howell School, he told me how he had been inspired by the day to consider securing a position in the hospitality industry after college.

That is precisely what the launch was intended to do – congratulations to Stan Hartling and his team on a very early achievement with their groundbreaking!

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1 comment on “Inspiring step towards empowering Turks and Caicos Islanders

  1. This is a very nice treat for the students. I support creative ways of inspiring youngsters to go after their dreams. I believe that once you speak and believe in your future anything is possible. Through innovation and creativity all of us are encouraged in some sort of way.

    ~ I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me~

    Philippians 4:13

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About Peter Beckingham

Before becoming Governor of the Turks and Caicos Islands in October 2013, Peter was British Deputy High Commissioner to India, based in Mumbai, the commercial capital, where he had a…

Before becoming Governor of the Turks and Caicos Islands in
October 2013, Peter was British Deputy High Commissioner to India, based
in Mumbai, the commercial capital, where he had a responsibility for
developing UK-India trade and investment. His earlier appointments have
included Consul-General and Director-General of Trade and Investment in
Sydney, and British Ambassador to the Philippines, where he initiated
the UK Government’s involvement in a peace process with the Philippine
Government and Muslim rebel groups.
Peter is married to Jill, a teacher of special needs, and they have
two grown up children. His outside interests include cricket, golf and
running.

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