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view what would you want them to know?
I would like them to be aware that there is beauty
around us, if we would only spend some time looking
for and enjoying it; that we must care for each other
no matter what our own personal circumstances may
be; that hard work is essential for personal growth;
that one should look for ways to mentor others and
share knowledge; and the importance of family.
Most times not-for-profit organisations such as
the Red Cross are led by women, and females tend
to outnumber males in the membership. Why is
We are still the caregivers, the mother figures. We
know how to multitask and do it successfully. We
know how to make funds stretch and stretch. We
are planners and organisers, and we do so with the
What is the biggest need/priority of the Red Cross
and how can people help?
We are in the process of organising how to rebuild
our northern branch which was badly damaged by
fire in May 2014. The branch has many activities
and the staff need a proper working environment
until there is a firm decision on what we are going
to do. We have, as an organisation, outgrown the
space we now occupy which includes our headquar-
ters. A new, ultra-modern building is required for
the branch and headquarters to enable us to fulfill
our mandates which have grown over the years. We
need ambulances to carry out our duties which have
increased as well. Citizens are aware of the "Red
Cross brand" and as with all civil society organisations
we must have resources (financial and human) to
help us in our outreach programmes and to enable
us to respond quickly, efficiently and effectively to
emergencies. We rely heavily on our volunteer base
which is broad-based and we do not discriminate
on membership. We would encourage young people
to become members and assist on duties which could
range from manning first aid stations, mentoring
others, working of communities on HIV/Aids projects,
preparing communities to deal with the impact of
natural disasters and climate change, developing
healthy lifestyles, poverty alleviation exercises. These
are only some of the activities in which citizens can
bring their time, talent and treasure as we work
together for the benefit of humanity.
What other information about the society would
you like to share with our readers (eg contact infor-
mation, events, volunteer recruitment, training
We have three branches: North---at the headquarters
of the National Society; South---in San Fernando;
Tobago---Signal Hill. We train people in life skills and
First Aid/CPR. We are involved in health fairs at
which we provide information on HIV/Aids and
lifestyle diseases. Anyone can visit a branch or the
headquarters, fill out an application form, have some-
one do the recommendation and pay a small fee of
$60. We also welcome corporate entities to partner
with us on our programmes and become members.
Finally, please look out for our 50th anniversary com-
memorative publication which will be launched in
Headquarters: 627-8215, 627-8128; e-mail:
North branch: 627-8214
South Branch: 657-5818
Tobago Branch: 639-2781
Describe yourself in two words---one beginning
with D, the other with C, the initials of your name.
September 14, 2014 www.guardian.co.tt Sunday Guardian
GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
MINISTRY OF NATIONAL SECURITY
31-33 Abercromby Street, Port of Spain
Career Opportunity (contract)
The Ministry of National Security, in its quest to promote positive youth development, has
embarked on a National Mentorship Programme. The Programme is designed to provide
support to youths in difficult circumstances by pairing them with role models and teaching
them fundamental life skills, civic responsibility and positive ways of relating to their peers.
In this regard, applications are invited from suitably qualified nationals of Trinidad and
Tobago to fill the following contract position in the Ministry of National Security.
Assistant Co-ordinator, Tobago
Role: Reporting to the Director, National Mentorship Programme, the incumbent will coor-
dinate and implement all aspects of the Tobago Mentorship Programme. The Assistant
Coordinator, Tobago is expected to take into consideration the cultural context of Tobago in
the development of programmes.
For further details on this position please visit
Applications including Curriculum Vitae giving details of qualifications and experience,
names and addresses of two (2) references should be sent to:
Temple Court 1
31-33 Abercromby Street
Port of Spain Trinidad West Indies
WE THANK ALL INTERESTED APPLICANTS, BUT ADVISE THAT ONLY THOSE WHO ARE SHORTLISTED
WILL BE CONTACTED.
to begin in October. For the Red Cross,
to see the replacement of the existing leg-
islation which led to the incorporation of
the society. The existing act is 50 years old
and there have considerable changes in the
roles and functions of the national society.
New legislation would bring us into the 21
And finally, a new and well maintained
Web site so that all our activities, including
events and training programmes as well as
developments among our Red Cross Red
Crescent partners could be disseminated.
What is/are the defining "aha"
moment/s in your life so far?
The biggest "aha" occurred on September
20, 1997, when as a foreign service officer
accompanying late president ANR Robinson
on a visit to Rome, I was presented to St
John Paul II. He blessed me and gave me
a rosary. His hands, as I held them, were
cool and comforting. At that time, there
was no hint of him being canonised. He
exuded peace and deep love. Another has
to be holding my first nephew when he was
just a few hours old and marvelling at the
mystery of birth. The baby who I held in
one hand is now over six feet.
Hard work essential for personal growth
T&T Red Cross president:
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