Directors of Eccla


Irvin C. Durand - President/Chairman

Although he was born and raised on the island of Dominica, Irvin C. Durand proudly wears the mantle of Caribbean man dedicated to the development of the Arts. The holder of a first degree in Business Marketing and a Masters in Visual Arts, Mr. Durand founded and serves as CEO and Chairman of C-PAF, Inc. the Caribbean Performing Arts Federation; the current President and Chair of ECCLA – EASTERN CARIBBEAN COPYRIGHT LICENSING ASSOCIATION. He also serves as Executive Director of the Visual Arts Society of Dominica (VASoD) and the VisArt Group Inc., and Chief Executive Officer of CARIJAZZ Muzik & Entertainment, Inc. Durand currently teaches photography with some basics of film and graphic design at the Dominica Institute For the Arts.

For over two decades Mr. Durand managed his photo finishing and studio business in Dominica till he believed that it was time to change. From his devotion to the Arts, he identified the void created by an incomplete education menu at the elementary and secondary levels within Dominica and most of the other OECS territories which led to the PIX Shutterbug, which would later moth into the National Photographic Challenge, to the Clarke's Photographic Challenge and again today evolved to the Communication Through Art program. It became a challenge for him to seek to develop a system which would contribute largely to the recognition and acceptance of the importance of the Creative Arts and the development of the region’s talented performing artistes. He fought for, developed and implemented a Visual and Performing Arts program suited for both elementary and secondary schools.



D. Victor C. Elliott-Hamilton

D. Victor C. Elliott-Hamilton is the Communications Director of the Eastern Caribbean Copyright Licensing Association. Having completed studies at the University of the West Indies: Cave Hill Campus and the Hugh Wooding Law School, Mr Elliott-Hamilton is an attorney-at-law in St Lucia and St. Kitts and has been exposed to intellectual property matters arising within the context of enforcement of copyright. Mr Elliott-Hamilton has interest in Commercial and Intellectual Property Law having taken those courses while at the University of the West Indies and is specifically interested with the intersection of copyright law company law and technology.   

In his spare time he plays the piano, develops web applications and writes articles on Company Law, Intellectual Property Law and Administrative Law.


Linisa George

Linisa George is a poet, freelance writer, director and playwright. To date, her poetry has been published in three international anthologies, broadcasted on BBC Scotland, and featured in regional and international theatre and cultural festivals. She is the founder and chief consultant at BGR Media and Communications Inc, which presently has two subsidiary publications, BGRmag (, a website and weekly digital magazine that shares the global stories of black women and girls, and; a recently launched website that spotlights local, regional and international art and cultural news.

A strong advocate for gender justice, Linisa is an Executive member of Women of Antigua (WOA). She is also co-owner of a creative arts company, August Rush Productions, a foundering member of TEDxAntigua, the Team Manager for Lady Horsepower Farm; the Caribbean’s first all-female drag racing team out of Antigua.

Linisa is the Secretary of the Eastern Caribbean Copyright Licensing Association (ECCLA), and the Antigua and Barbuda PRO to the organisation.


Desiree Richards

Diseree Richards

Desiree Richards is a business executive/lawyer from St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Ms. Richards is the CEO of the Vincentian Publishing Company, publishers of the national newspaper of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, The Vincentian, and the official magazine of carnival, Vincy Carnival Souvenir Magazine. Ms. Richards is also CEO of Metrocint General Insurance Company Ltd., the first indigenous insurance company of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and MetroLife Insurance, representatives of Pan American Life Insurance Company . Ms. Richards serves on the Board of Directors of SVG Publishers Inc, a printing company, Media SVG Ltd, the parent company of IKTV and Power FM, the parent company of Boom 106.9, a recently established urban focused radio station. She is one of the founding members of the Board of Driectors of ECCLA.

Ms. Richards hold a Juris Doctorate from Brooklyn Law School, a Bachelor’s of Arts in Political Science, and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Media Communications from Hunter College.

Ms. Richards is the Honorary Consul of Chile to St. Vincent and the Grenadines 



Chevaughn Richards

Chevaughn Richards, also known as Chev Rich , is a painter, singer/songwriter, model and community activist.

Chevaughn began modeling at the age of 18 after successfully completing High School and the CFB College in her homeland of St. Kitts-Nevis. After having spent most of her life focusing on academia, it was a welcomed change when she discovered her niche in entertainment.

As a singer/songwriter, Chevaughn enjoys making POP Music and has had several successful releases in her country. She has also gained popularity as co-host of the St. Kitts-Nevis Visitor Channel and is presently producing her own internet show Green St. Kitts.

Chevaughn has also gained popularity as a skilled painter producing work mainly in oils and acrylics and recently started developing her skills in pyrography. As a member of the Sandy Point Art Association (SPARTA), she also contributed several pieces of art which were included in a collection that was sold, raising $30,000.00 for the differently-abled in the Sandy Point community.

She is a great believer in self development and in helping persons to become self sufficient and works actively in her community to help design programs that promote this concept.


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Daisy M. Hazzard

Directly involved in publishing- works as the Desk Editor at Ministry of Education Grenada. Studied Book and Magazine Publishing at Centennial College Canada. Service provider for copy editing, proof reading and content creation, layout and design for magazines, brochures, books, logos etc .

Collaborated with Ministry of Culture to stage the Spice Word Festival, a Literary Festival, to platform and show case the work of published, emerging and aspiring authors in Grenada. Also wrote a project proposal to secure funding from UNESCO to fund the festival in successive years.

Is and unpublished but a prolific writer of songs, poetry and short stories and plays. Publishes weekly articles under a pseudonym in a local newspaper. A veteran actress with Family Theatre Company of Grenada – performed a wide repertoire of plays locally, regionally and internationally. Got involved with ECCLA in 2012. Is committed to the process of promulgating and protecting the rights of authors and creators.