One Love BVI is bringing help and hope to the people of the British Virgin Islands who lost everything in Hurricanes Irma and Maria.
We provide aid, supplies, and volunteers to help families, communities, and businesses get back on their feet and build a thriving, sustainable future.
90% of all homes and businesses were destroyed or badly damaged.
Schools and churches were reduced to rubble.
In three weeks we’ve assembled an army of hundreds of volunteers from around the world.
We are small but mighty.
And every penny we raise is going toward helping the BVI rebuild better, smarter, and stronger than ever before.
On September 6, 2017 the British Virgin Islands were hit by Hurricane Irma, a Category 5 storm that destroyed the territory beyond recognition and left tens of thousands without shelter.
With wind speeds clocked in excess of 200 mph, Irma went down in history as the most powerful Atlantic hurricane ever recorded.
Irma made landfall on Barbuda first, and left the island nothing but rubble. Afterward, the Governor declared the island uninhabitable and evacuated all 1600 residents.
As the hurricane enveloped the BVI, the massive eye spanned the entire lush archipelago and the eye wall hit the islands with full force, stripping every piece of foliage from the trees, tossing cars like matchbox toys into impossible places, exploding homes across hillsides, and ripping 60 ton vessels from their moorings and hurling them across Road Town as if they were a discus.
When all was said and done, 90% of homes were destroyed or damaged.
85% of all utility infrastructure was destroyed or damaged.
Roads were washed out and villages cut off.
Communications towers were knocked out.
Water was contaminated.
Food was scarce.
People lost everything.
One Love BVI's core purpose is to ensure that the people of the British Virgin Islands enjoy a bright and sustainable future with no family, child, community, or small business left behind.
- We hold ourselves to the highest standard of integrity: we do what we say we are going to do.
- We are fully transparent in all our activities.
- We empower individual initiative.
- We are focused on one cause: the British Virgin Islands.
- In every deliberation we must consider both environmental and economic sustainability.
One Love BVI is committed to the long term recovery and sustainable rebuild of the British Virgin Islands after the devastation caused by hurricanes Irma and Maria. Our goals not only include the immediate stabilization of life for the people living there, they reach beyond to support and facilitate initiatives that will ensure the enduring health and welfare of the islands' people, animals, economy, and environment for generations to come. We envision a future where all of these not only survive, but thrive.
We will achieve these goals in the following ways:
By supporting home owners, businesses, and community organizations in their efforts to rebuild from the immediate devastation and move forward by providing access to:
- pro bono professional expertise in a wide range of relevant technical disciplines
- discounted purchase rates for supplies, materials, tools, and equipment needed for both the immediate rehabilitation and longer term recovery phases
- consolidated, coordinated, and discounted shipping and logistics services
- corporate donations of supplies, materials, tools, and equipment
- supporting professional organizations outside the BVI
- skilled, professional volunteers
By making resources available to private and public organizations that focus on environmental sustainability in areas including:
- disaster mitigation, preparedness, and recovery
- inland and marine ecosystems
- natural resources
- renewable energy
- and more
By recruiting, screening, training, and preparing skilled, qualified, self-sufficient volunteers ready for deployment in support of:
- medical facilities
- community organizations
- small businesses
- child care
- clean up
- marine salvage
- project managment
- renewable energy
- national parks
- public relations
- social work
By raising funds to support both internal programs and external initiatives that reflect the goals and core values of One Love BVI.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can make a difference...”
August 31 - Irma Just Hit Category 3
September 6 - Hurricane Irma wreaks havoc in British Virgin Islands
September 8 - British Virgin Islands Declares State of Emergency
September 9 - Hundreds of Troops Arrive in BVI
September 11 - Paradise Obliterated by Irma in the British Virgin Islands
September 12 - Don't forget about us: Irma's desperate Caribbean survivors
September 13 - BVI Volunteers secures donation of artist Anne Miller's BVI artwork for hurricane relief fundraising; HaveaheARTBVI is formed.
September 14 - BVI Volunteers provide damage geolocation assistance to Task Force Commander for the UK military relief effort in the Caribbean
September 15 - BVI Volunteers provides relief medical personnel for Peebles Hospital
September 15 - BVI Volunteers publishes first Weekly Update
September 20 - Nanny Cay Marina owner recommends formation of BVI-dedicated NGO to help rebuild the BVI
September 22 - One Love BVI drafts Board of Directors and Advisory Board lists
September 23 - One Love BVI assembles Board of Directors and secures fiscal sponsorship from Voices for Global Change
September 25 - One Love BVI incorporates as a nonprofit organization in the Commonwealth of Virginia
September 26 - BVI Volunteers enrolls 500th volunteer
September 27 - One Love BVI begins 501(c)(3) application with legal team
September 28 - One Love BVI launches onelovebvi.org, home of the only international aid organization solely focused on the British Virgin Islands
October 10 - One Love BVI's first press release hits the newswire: Global Volunteers Bring Hurricane Relief to Virgin Islands
Meet our team
president & Co-FOUNDER
Jim Scott, English born and raised, has until very recently lived and worked all his adult life abroad. After serving as a deck officer in the British Merchant Navy, he held upper management positions related to ocean shipping and port operations for over 25 years. He spent 18 years in the British Virgin Islands, and for many years prior to the start of his shipping career there served as captain of private and charter yachts up to 118’.
Jim co-founded several BVI organizations and served in various board positions, including president of Virgin Islands Search and Rescue (VISAR) in which he was a senior coordinator for nine years. He was also adjunct professor of nautical studies at the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College on Tortola. Jim devoted much of his life in the BVI to community service, including:
- teacher/founding director, Kids And The Sea (KATS-BVI) youth developmental program;
- BVI Hotel and Commerce Association (now BVICCHA) in which he founded and chaired the disaster preparedness committee;
- private sector representative, BVI National Emergency Advisory Council (NEAC);
- private sector representative, Office of Disaster Preparedness (now DDM); and
- founding vice president of Rotary Club of Tortola II.
Jim coordinated the BVI and USVI marine community communication and relief effort during and after Hurricane Hugo, the most devastating hurricane to hit the BVI prior to Irma. Two of his children, both born in Tortola, were there when Hurricane Irma struck. His youngest son was also there for Hurricane Maria.
Jim's eldest son was at school in the BVI until age 13. Jim is a published author and poet with three books in print, including several stories and poems inspired by his life in the BVI.
director of finance & administration
Joy Elvin has strong Caribbean roots, having initially grown up between St. Kitts & Nevis and Jersey in the Channel Islands. She moved back to the Caribbean and the British Virgin Islands (BVI) in 1989 to pursue a career in finance, but refocused her priorities to work for the National Parks Trust of The Virgin Islands (NPTVI). During her 10 years in the BVI, she joined Virgin Islands Search and Rescue (VISAR) as a crew member, trained as a hurricane shelter manager, volunteered for the Conservation & Fisheries Turtle Watch Program, and mentored a special education needs child.
Formally educated in Jersey UK, Joy received a Bachelor of Technology in Business Studies and Tourism, then in 2013 completed an MA in Interpretation, Representation & Heritage from the University of Leicester. Joy has worked for educational and environmental not-for-profit organisations for over 25 years, in administrative, marketing, research, event planning and development roles.
Joy has travelled extensively and has had the privilege of living in the UK, Caribbean, USA & Middle East principally. She now resides in Rhode Island with her family, and has become involved with several local not-for-profit organisations including the Aquidneck Land Trust, Sailors of the Sea, American Boat Builders & Repairers Association, and currently sits on the Board of the Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project.
Joy enjoys movie nights with her family, camping and hiking, growing vegetables, photography, practicing yoga and making jewelry in her spare time. But mostly, she enjoys messing around on, in or under the water, and is a keen sailor and diver.
BVI Volunteers Team Leaders
Captains/Crew Team - Stuart Isaacs
commercial divers team - joy elvin
Communications Team - joy elvin
Evacuations Team - Robb Stein
Fundraising Team - Jennifer Tripp (USA) & Leslie Schellings (UK)
landscaping/reforestation team - joy elvin
Medical Team - Jeremy Holleb
PR/Media team - Kat Bunting
Supply Coordination Team - Margo Karipides Richardson
Supply Delivery Team - jim scott
Board of Directors
Dana Hokin is Director Of Gorda Estates Ltd., owner of the Bitter End Yacht Club. She is the immediate past Managing Director and CEO of the Bitter End Yacht Club having held that position for 20 years. She is a global hospitality industry leader, and as Managing Director was responsible for the overall profitability and expansion of the company’s brand. She joined the organization in 1994 as Sales and Marketing Director in order to reposition the asset for growth. In 1997, she was named Deputy Managing Director and shortly thereafter Managing Director.
Dana possesses a unique set of management and marketing skills with a proven track record in resort revenue generation and redevelopment. Her key areas of expertise are in management, public-private sector partnerships, remote destination logistics, marina development, food and beverage, branding and retail. Under Ms. Hokin’s leadership, the Bitter End Yacht Club brand has flourished and the resort has consistently been rated one of the top resorts in the Caribbean and one of the top in the world by both Conde Nast Traveler and Travel & Leisure Magazine.
Cameron McColl is a serial entrepreneur hailing originally from Scotland. Armed with a degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Edinburgh University, he worked for several years as an electronics design engineer before founding his first tech startup at the age of 30. McColl McGregor Ltd, Scotland's first computer networked call-centre and database design company, specialized in the high-tech and finance sectors, where Cameron served as CEO until its acquisition in 1992 by Ivory & Sime plc, a UK fund manager with in excess of ₤7 billion under management.
After two more successful startups and an investment and board role in a fourth, in 2000 Cameron acquired and took the role of Chairman, and major shareholder in Nanny Cay Resort & Marina Ltd, in Tortola, British Virgin Islands, buying the company out of receivership. Since acquisition, the now 40 acre facility has been substantially improved with additional expansion underway creating a total of 300 slips, including 7 megayacht slips, storage on land for 300 boats, a 40 bedroom hotel, 32 townhouses, 38 marine-related businesses, and new land for 7 additional blocks of luxury condos. Nanny Cay is now one of the leading marinas and resorts in the Caribbean, hosting a number of high profile events each year.
In addition to these activities, Cameron has served in a number of non-exec positions on the Boards of a variety of technology companies, as well as nonprofits. He is based in the BVI, and travels extensively throughout the year.
Colin O'Neal is a BVI citizen and the CEO of JOMA (Properties) Ltd. A graduate of Boston University and the University of the West Indies, and the Norman Manley Law School at the University of the West Indies, he has been a practicing lawyer for almost twenty years. Colin founded the O'Neal Webster law firm in 1989 and practiced real estate and commercial law, representing domestic and international clients in a wide range of transactions. He also served as President of the British Virgin Islands Bar Association and has chaired numerous public commissions and associations, including the Public Service Commission and the Recreation Trust. In 2005, he became Chief Executive Officer of JOMA (Properties) Ltd., a closely held real estate development company.
In addition to his role as CEO of JOMA, Colin O'Neal continues his long standing involvement in public service. He currently serves as Deputy Chairman of the Financial Services Commission of the British Virgin Islands which is the regulatory body governing the financial services sector in the British Virgin Islands, and continues membership on several other associations, including the Main Street Association, dedicated to the improvement and revitalization of the historic district of Road Town, Tortola.
He is a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and BOMA International and other professional bodies related to law and real estate.
Dalan Vanterpool is an education and entertainment entrepreneur from the British Virgin Islands. Private banker by day, musician and podcast host by night. Over the past 15 years, school, work and play allowed him to experience diverse cultures in the United States, South Africa, Latin America, and Europe.
Since 2012 Dalan has been leading d Spot Jazz, a movement to advance music, poetry and other performing arts in the Caribbean. As a musician he specializes in saxophone, with training in theology and jazz. He also founded DV Global Entertainment, creating a professional portal for local artists to interact with high net worth clients.
Dalan believes there is a fire burning inside each person, but we find two common challenges. In one case their passion is burning so low that it can’t generate enough heat to change the state of their lives. Or, their passion is burning very high, but lacks the focus needed to make progress in a specific direction.
Dalan is committed to helping people improve their performance, monetize their passions, and get over working for money, so they can work for humanity.