Vanoulst Jno Charles is from the village of St Joseph on the west coast of Dominica. He started his working life as a Schoolteacher then switched to farming and became a prominent citrus and banana farmer. He has served on a number of Boards of Directors. Under his leadership as Chairman of the Dominica Banana Marketing Corporation (DBMC) and President of the Windward Islands Banana Growers Association (WINBAN), the Windward Islands banana industry hit its heyday both in terms of export volume and benefit to banana growers. Most recently, he served as Chairman of the Police Service Commission (PSC). Mr. Jno Charles was awarded the Sisserou Award of Honour in November 2008.