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Beverly Chan

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Review for International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region, New York, NY, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I write to support the IPPF/WHR for the role they played in my life when I served as a Volunteer of the Guyana Responsible Parenthood Association (GRPA) for over twelve (12) years - most of which I served as a Chair of the Board of Directors.

What was quite evident about this parent body (IPPF/WHR) was their profound philosophy that good governance was one of the key pillars for the development, advancement and sustaining of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights programmes on which hang 'Access', 'Advocacy' and 'Networking'.

Over the years IPPF/WHR through the able leadership of Mr. Humberto Arango facilitated my participation in more training in good governance that I care to remember. What is certain is that the skills and knowledge I developed did not only foster extraordinary leadership of GRPA but I evolved into what some have termed an 'NGO Governance Specialist' in my country, and worker as a Consultant for USAID in helping to train and streamline a number of NGO's Board of Directors who accessed funds under their program.

More over, IPPF/WHR has sustained support and gave guidance to GRPA over the last thirty-nine plus (39+) years, specifically as it related to S&RH programmes and procedures. IPPF/WHR Senior Program Advisor with responsibility for GRPA, Ms. Lucella Campbell, who for over twenty (20) years has never failed to keep GRPA on the cutting edge of information and the required technology. She was always strategic in her guidance whether it was in the area of ensuring adequate funding, youth programmes, meeting with government officials to strengthen the voice of the local body, and generally helping the organisation to retain a 'Top of the mind ' NGO in the community. As such GRPA was able to sustain itself and evolve unquestioned into the largest S&RH NGO in Guyana.

I can never repay IPPF/WHR for the exposure, training and knowledge gained in every aspect of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights as a volunteer. My philosophy that, you learn more from volunteer work than a full time job is now shared with young persons and some of them even at the present moment are providing volunteer services at the GRPA.

The voices of a million angels cannot express my gratitude to IPPF/WHR for the rich quality of life it helped me to achieve - and which I, in turn share on an ongoing basis with so many organisations and individuals, especially youths. It was indeed an honor to have served as a volunteer


Beverly Chan
Volunteer 1994 -2008

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In developing knowledge and skills in the area of NGO governance.

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I would have less meetings and more organised training for volunteers like what I experienced when I join the organisation.

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Role:  Volunteer & I worked as a volunteer with the organisation.