SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY) – Leader of the People’s Progressive Alliance (PPA) Gracita Arrindell said on Thursday in a statement: “We are pleased to announce the appointment of Mrs. Leandra Cijntje- Leslie as our new Party President. In a recent board meeting the members, which included past President and Founder of P.P.A Party Mr. Don Hughes, approved the appointment of Leandra to this critically important function.
“Also welcomed to the party ranks as a new board member is Mr. Tones de Weever. Both new additions to the board comes at a critical time of the current electoral process. It is Time to pass the gavel to the next generation of political leaders who have Sint Maarten’s best interest at heart. As party leader I am truly grateful for this opportunity to introduce Leandra to the public of Sint Maarten.”
Arrindell said: “Politics of all levels and policies are two major interests of Leandra. For these reasons, she has committed to two goals, informing and emancipating people. She devotes herself to projects that are aimed at improving and making our society more sustainable, and that offers everyone an equal opportunity to develop.
“She completed a Bachelor in International Public Management in The Hague. This has created a good foundation in international relations, political science, policymaking, economics, and organizational science. After which she completed an MSC in Public Administration. She minored in development cooperation/ and political communication. She furthered specialized in economics and governance, evaluating and creating public policy.
“In addition to her schooling, she has always worked for a better society and people's position. Post-Hurricane Irma, She worked as an Operation Officer at the UNDP. The UNDP short project repair 76 roofs in the local community post-Hurricane Irma.
“Aside from her passion for policy, she is also a proud entrepreneur with five years of leadership and management experience in her own cleaning company, IS Cleaning, in the Netherlands. ISCleaning opened in 2014 and relaunch as a VOF in 2016. Alongside her brilliant partners, she has brought new heights innovation to the cleaning industry.”
Gracita continues: “Leandra’s future endeavors include the completion of her second Masters in Business Administration and to the creation of a foundation for St. Maarten that focuses on innovative policy solutions (Think Tank) in her fight to pursuit development and sustainability for the island of St. Maarten.”
PPA leader concludes: “The board will have a very active role in the future of the P.P.A party going forward, with one of its goals to reconnect and maintain a structural and community based relationship with the citizens in the districts. We support Leandra as she plans on using the platform of PPA to further her political ambition. Her plans with the PPA is continuous it's growth and service to the community even after elections.
“It is time to refocus our efforts towards improving the living and working conditions of our districts, by extension, improving the lives of our people. P.P.A is here to stay and will steadily progress under the leadership of a new generation based on values such as hard- honest work. That is a legacy worth fighting for. Nothing good comes easy. We wish Leandra, Tones de Weever, their families and friends only the best going forward. Congratulations. God Bless you.”