The Chairman and Board of Directors of the Turks and Caicos National Trust are pleased to welcome Mrs. Winema Sanders-Penn as the new Executive Director of the Turks & Caicos National Trust, effective 3rd June 2019.
Mrs. Sanders-Penn, who is native – born on the island of Grand Turk, was an intern at the National Trust in 2011 where she displayed a keen interest and passion for historical research and heritage preservation.
In 2014 she joined the Turks and Caicos National Trust as the Public Awareness and Education Officer; working alongside with senior officers of the organization in monitoring the heritage sites as well as engaging with schools and youth to spread awareness about the rich heritage of the Turks and Caicos Islands.
In addition, Mrs. Sanders-Penn held the post as Director for the Turks and Caicos Islands Red Cross, contributing her skills and experience during and after the 2017 hurricanes. Along with her team, she aided in the Response/Recovery throughout the Turks and Caicos Islands.
Furthermore, Mrs. Sanders-Penn is a proud Turks Islander, devoted and dedicated wife and mother of two.
Commenting on her appointment Mrs. Sanders-Penn stated, “I feel honoured and privileged to have been appointed to the position of Executive Director of the Turks and Caicos National Trust. I am grateful to have the opportunity to serve as a steward, safeguarding the historical, cultural and environmental treasures of our ‘Beautiful by Nature’ Turks and Caicos Islands.”
Inclusive of her passion for the National Trust, Ms. Sanders’ academic background includes a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History, Latin American & Caribbean Studies with a minor in African Studies from the College of Charleston. This background is an asset which will assist the National Trust in attaining its mandate, and develop key initiatives that will bring more awareness to the public, by establishing stronger relationships with stakeholders and the community at large.