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Dominique Noralez is the New Chair of Leadership Intervention Unit

Jun 22, 2023

Dominique Noralez is the New Chair of Leadership Intervention Unit

Dominique Noralez

Earlier this month, we reported that the Ministry of Home Affairs had its eyes set on Community Advocate, Dominique Noralez as the replacement for William Dawson, who died earlier this year, back in January. Well this past Monday, Noralez took up the post as the new chair of the Leadership Intervention Unit. Today, the media caught up with her at the police recruit passing out ceremony and Noralez spoke of her plans.

Dominique Noralez, Chairperson, L.I.U.

“I know that Mister William’s passing was a shock for everyone and so filling those shoes was a huge consideration for me. Beyond that, this is work that I am passionate about. I’ve been in this space in different positions for quite a while: as an youth advocate, as someone who worked at the Department of Youth, as someone who engaged with alternative to violence programs – myself as a person, given where I grew up. And so for me the decision was a difficult one because I knew how magnanimous the job was. But I think with the support system that I have, I will be able to do well.”

Reporter

“You’re planning to do anything new?”

Dominique Noralez

“Do anything new? Well first, we have to look at where we are. We are looking at the programs that are running. In fact today we have some of the young men out in the rural areas doing some agricultural work. But we are looking at where we are and then I will see how we will improve the efficiency of the programs and then we go from there.”

Reporter

“You say it’s pretty big shoes – you’re right. Mister Dawson, what he could do was move around the streets completely fine, he could go between groups, navigate them all of that. How do you think you will be able to fill those shoes? Do you think you will be able to pick up where he left off?”

Dominique Noralez

“Well Mister William position is split between several people now. I do policy and really administrating and managing the LIU. We have dealing with mediation. We have fantastic police officers at the LIU that I saw in action for the first time this week during a mediation session. So we have people filling those gaps and doing well. My job here is to make it more efficiency, my job here is to ensure that the beneficiaries get what they need to get and that we transition into a society that is safer for everyone. I think I bring significant experience to this space; I think I bring significant mentorship to this space because I know there are a lot of people that I will have to lean on for guidance and advice as well. But I am confident that they are confident in me and so we move with that.”

Duane Moody

“You are not intimidated as a woman?”

Dominique Noralez

“I am not intimidated at all. In fact, it was a thought I had. Someone brought that question to me earlier. And I am not intimidated at all. There are things, of course, socially that I do not have simply because of my gender identity and my sexuality. But those are things we can work on and those are things that I have a great cadre of people working with me to fill those gaps if I need to lean on them. But I am sure, they are confident in my leadership. I have been told this time and time again and if we don’t, we are the people who teach people how to manage conflict so we are able to do that ourselves.”

Noralez holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Political Science from the University of West Indies, Cave Hill Campus.