Castries, Saint Lucia
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Edward Alphonso Harris is Guyanese by birth, currently a Nationalised Saint Lucian who has travelled extensively. He lived and worked in several countries outside of his homeland – Guyana, including Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, Sierra Leone and Tanzania.
He is tireless in his quest to share the Principles of Affirmation and to set alight the power of the Entrepreneurial Spirit as a means of assisting in alleviating poverty around the world.
As a child he helped in his mother’s Parlour which was located on Water and New Market Streets in Georgetown, Guyana. Later, still in his teens he worked as a counter clerk at a Pharmacy in Stabroek Market, a Landmark location in the Capital – Georgetown.
After a short stint in the Postal Service where he got his first experience of job discrimination, with the encouragement of his uncles, he secured employment with a leading grocery and diamond trading business in the interior of Guyana as a Counter Clerk. In the first year, he was promoted to manage a branch shop and subsequently returned to the main office as Book Keeper.
Edward Harris began working at the tender age of fourteen and worked almost entirely in the private sector in areas of distribution, manufacturing and services.
He took time off of his busy schedule to write this book in Arusha, Tanzania, East Africa. This is his second trip to the African Continent, having worked on a Consultancy Project in Garment Technology Transfer in Sierra Leone, West Africa almost twenty four years ago.
At 67, he is not about to retire and is actively engaged in the areas of Real Estate, Business & PR Consulting, Networking, Freelance Journalism, Motivational Speaking and Private Sector Advocacy.
Edward Harris founded the Guyana Association of Sales Personnel (GASP) in 1975 and the Guyana Small Business Association in 1989. In 1979, he sponsored the Castries Toastmasters Club. In 2007 he was elected Chairman of the Steering Committee which charted the course for the establishment of the Realtors Association (Saint Lucia) Inc. He was awarded the status of an Honorary Member of the Association in May, 2010. He served the membership of the St. Lucia Industrial & Small Business Association (SLISBA) for sixteen consecutive years during the period 1993-2009 in capacities as Secretary, Treasurer, President, Immediate Past President and Management Consultant.
An abridged version of his professional experiences and social and community involvement is included in Chapter 15 of this book.
Interests: Reading, writing, music, fine dining,travelling, movies, meeting people and sharing knowledge.
Published writer: Yes