LEADERSHIP THROUGH EMPOWERMENT
LEADERSHIP THROUGH EMPOWERMENT
MY HEROI was born in Layou, one of the youngest of my father’s 14, the last 8 of whom were by my mother. My father was a hard-working self-made man who died when I was 4 years old, leaving my mother to raise their 8 children alone. Determined to provide for us, my mother migrated to Toronto, Canada with us and as a single parent she trained as a nurse and raised us alone. She was my hero — this Black woman who uprooted herself and her children, re-trained in what was then a white country, eventually bought a house and ensured that we each understood that we could chart our own paths in this world. Today, it is no accident that most of the children of Carol Exeter are entrepreneurs.
MY PASSIONI had long been fascinated by technology, taking things apart to see how they worked and fixing them when they were broken. This would eventually inform my course of studies. I continued my education at Seneca College, attaining a Diploma in Business Management, as well as certifications in Information Technology.
MY INSPIRATIONWhen I graduated from Seneca College, I worked as a Mortgage Broker for seven (7) years. During those years, inspired by the example of my mother, I recognized that Black single mothers were an under-served demographic. I specialized in helping scores of Black women climb the Toronto property ladder and secure their children’s futures.
MY WORKLater, I served as the Director of Marketing at a Chicago-based company for nine (9) years. Using my IT expertise, I then decided to join a family business, Exeter Software Group, after ending my tenure in Chicago and spent some time there before starting my own company, Exeter Consultants.
MY HOMEHaving my own business afforded me the opportunity to work from anywhere, and I returned to St. Vincent and the Grenadines, my home. Being home was comforting. The familiarity of the place and people was something I had missed. Being able to once again interact with them gave me deeper insight into their daily struggles, particularly those of the single mothers and the youth they were raising. I could see Carol Exeter’s struggles everywhere but few of the opportunities that enabled her self-empowerment. I could feel their pain; share in their experience. I saw firsthand how the high rate of unemployment, high cost of living and lack of meaningful development made life extremely difficult for the people of Central Leeward. I couldn’t sit back and be an observer anymore. I had to do something.
MY PURPOSEAfter much deliberation and careful consideration, I took the decision to step forward and offer myself as a servant to the people of Central Leeward. While my background in Information Technology and my twenty years of experience in Business Management provide me with a solid foundation, it is my passion for the people of Central Leeward that truly motivates me. I am inspired by their resolve and resilience and the way in which they face each new obstacle with a united front. I am part of this community and I am ready to see it blossom.
When the NDP takes office, there will be economic expansion through job creation, youth development and women’s empowerment because I am focused on the best interests of the people. I am the best candidate to orchestrate a renewed, revived Central Leeward.
I am Benjamin Paul Exeter, the New Democratic Party’s candidate for the constituency of Central Leeward in St. Vincent and the Grenadines - and I am ready to serve.