Myron Walwyn

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Myron Walwyn (born February 22, 1972) is the former Minister of Education and Culture and a Territorial At-Large Representative of the British Virgin Islands[1] He was elected as an "at-large" representative in the 2011 British Virgin Islands general election, garnering 4,605 votes, the 2nd highest number of votes in the election.[2] He is a member of the National Democratic Party (British Virgin Islands). Prior to election, he was appointed the Chairman of the British Virgin Islands Tourist Board.

On 23 June, after Premier Orlando Smith announced he was stepping down, Walwyn was elected as the new President of the National Democratic Party, although Orlando Smith remained Premier.[3] However he subsequently lost his seat in the 2019 general election.

Education[edit]

He received a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Wolverhampton. Post graduate work includes a Post Graduate Diploma from BPP Law School (London, England) and a Hospitality Executive Training Certificate from Cornell University.

Career[edit]

Walwyn is a founder and partner at Orion Law Barristers and Solicitors and owner of MVW International, a hospitality firm.[1] Walwyn started his career as a bus boy in a local restaurant.[4] After law school, he served as a trainee lawyer at Harney Westwood and Riegels LLP Barristers & Solicitors, London, England and as Crown Counsel in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions Government of the Virgin Islands.

Myron was called to the Bar of England and Wales and to the Bar of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court in 2007.

Walwyn's previous experience in the hospitality industry landed him a job as a senior manager at Treasure Isle Hotel and Restaurant when he returned to the BVI in the 1990s. At the age of 24 he went into partnership with local businessman, Al Henley and the two opened Big Banana Bar and Restaurant in Cane Garden Bay, Tortola. A few years later, Myron formed his hospitality management company, MVW International.[5]

For the last 12 years, his company has operated several established businesses in the BVI including the Moorings Mariner Hotel and Restaurant, Cafesito Restaurant, Calypso Cafe (formerly Nexus Café, Bar and Grill), Charlie’s Italian Restaurant and the newly opened Ginny’s Tapas Bar.

Personal[edit]

Walwyn was born in Road Town, Tortola and grew up at the family home in Freebottom.[5] Following the death of his mother, at age 14, Myron was relocated to his mother’s birthplace of Antigua to complete his secondary school education.

At 15 years old, Walwyn found employment at a well established hotel and restaurant in Antigua working after school to purchase his school supplies, necessary Caribbean Examinations Council exams and living needs. Ever determined, he was able to work his way up the ranks and before his high school graduation from the Princess Margaret Secondary School in 1990, had a complement of staff under his supervision. It was also during this time, that the exposure to the hospitality fueled his passion for the industry.

Electoral history[edit]

Myron Walwyn electoral history
Year District Party Votes Percentage Winning/losing margin Result
2011 At-large National Democratic Party 4,605 13.3% +841* Won (2nd)
2015 At-large National Democratic Party 5,777 16.0% +2,357* Won (1st)
2019 At-large National Democratic Party 3,335 8.6% -601* Lost
* For at-large candidates (general elections) who won, this is the vote differential from the 5th placed candidate (i.e. the candidate with the highest number of votes who was not elected). For at-large candidates who lose, this is the vote differential from the 4th placed candidate (i.e. the candidate with the lowest number of votes who was elected).

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b GIS. "Members of the House of Assembly". Government of the British Virgin Islands. Retrieved 14 February 2014.
  2. ^ Greenaway, Dean (14 February 2014). "NDP returns to power in BVI". Virgin Islands Daily News.
  3. ^ "BREAKING NEWS: Myron Walwyn To Lead NDP Into Next General Elections; Penn Is Vice President". BVI Platinum. 23 June 2018.
  4. ^ Staff, BVI News (1 April 2012). "From Bus Boy to Successful Businessman". BVI News. Retrieved 14 February 2014.
  5. ^ a b Myron, Walwyn. "About Myron Walwyn". Retrieved 19 February 2014.

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