Hummingbird Hope Directors
Hosten is from the Grenadian island of Carriacou. He grew up in Grenada and moved to the UK when he was 18yrs old. Hosten was originally a welder and then worked for many years in a London city church as the verger, pastoral assistant and as a licensed lay minister within the Anglican church. He also helped at an alcohol rehab service based at the church. Having retired, he now volunteers in a church in Romford, Essex supporting older people through a weekly group, offering church services in care homes and pastoral visiting.
Hosten and Hilary have been married for over twenty years and will be the resident wardens for the retreat house.
Hilary has worked as a therapist for over thirty years. This began in the voluntary sector with a charity (YWAM) providing counselling, youth and community work and helping to develop a whole person health care project and recovery college. She then trained as a clinical psychologist and has worked in the NHS for over 20 years in adult mental health and is now a consultant psychologist. She developed Holistic Cognitive Behaviour Therapy which brings spirituality and a greater focus on identity and purpose into the therapy. Hilary is also trained in art therapy, ecotherapy and spiritual accompaniment.
Alvin is Pastor of River Sallee Evangelical church and he does a lot of work in the community especially with children and young people. As well as church work in Grenada, Alvin goes on short mission trips to other islands. His main role for Hummingbird HOPE is being a link to the local community and helping to identify potential or existing projects that Hummingbird HOPE can support. Alvin also keeps the garden maintained round the retreat house and watches over the house when Hosten and Hilary are in the UK.
Delon is an experienced builder who has set up his own construction company and employs his brothers to help him. He has worked for the government on a few projects as well as helping to build the school and church in Pearls which are owned by Hummingbird HOPE. He has a young son called Nicholson, who enjoys helping his Dad when he can. Delon is leading the building work on the retreat house and, in his words, likes things looking "nice and dandy!"
Hayley and Joshua will probably stay in the UK when their parents go to Grenada. Hayley has completed a degree in Applied Performance in Community and Education and, after a year with Saltmine theatre company, she is training to be a secondary school teacher. Joshua has completed a 2yr course at a football academy and is a skilled left back/left wing player. He also has a good head for business and finance and is now developing skills in this area. They both give their support and advice to Hummingbird Retreat.