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This award follows a national award on Inde-
pendence Day, that Lewis calls, "a milstone in this
country paying its respects to mid-wives and the
Lewis was honoured with the gold Medal for the
Development of Women of the Order of the Trinity
for her unwavering support for women s right to make
their own informed choices and decisions about their
births and for being a champion for the midwifery
model of care both in T&T and internationally.
Lewis said in an interview, being nominated and
accepted for the award was in itself a great honour,
not for herself, but for midwives generally because
they have a vital role to play in the healthcare system.
In addition she said having been served the award
also shows that Mamatoto is also being recognised
for what it does.
"This award has truly shed a positive light on the
profession in T&T and has encouraged the T&T Asso-
ciation of Midwives to continue doing its good work
and to bring about more awareness on the profession,"
She adds: "I have received many awards before in
the US but to be recognised at home for the first time
at this level, it says and means a lot."
Lewis also said the award also shows that Mamatoto
is also being recognised for what it does.
The Network of NGOs is led by activist Hazel
Brown and Lewis thanked Brown and her organisation
for its continued work and efforts in levelling the
playing field for women in T&T.
She said there was need for more similar NGOs to
come forward to continue highlighting the advance-
ment of women in different spheres.
Lewis achieved an MSc in midwifery from Columbia
University in 1986. She worked in New York as a
public and private practice midwife and volunteered
in Africa before moving to Trinidad.
After serving two terms as the Americas board
member at the International Confederation of Mid-
wives (ICM), she was elected in 2011 as vice-president.
She was the first person from the Caribbean to hold
either of these positions.
Lewis also spearheaded the formation of the
Caribbean Regional Midwives Association and is a
founding member and remains on the Executive of
the T&T Association of Midwives. She has served on
committees with the Ministry of Health and the Nurs-
ing Council. She is a clinical preceptor for midwifery
programmes in the US and Canada and has presented
extensively regionally and internationally.
Saturday, October 18, 2014 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
Mamatoto founder receives national award
Lewis is all smiles
as she receives a
gift from Zalayhar
Hassanali at the
by the NGO
Network of T&T.
The management at the Digicel Imax invites the
public to encounter Earth s fiercest powers and the
death-defying science behind them, when Forces of
Nature, a giant-screen film made possible by Amica
Insurance and funded in part by the National Science
Foundation, will be launched at the Digicel Imax
Theatre at One Woodbrook Place on October 22, at
8.30 am, in conjunction with Atlantic.
A spokesman said this week: "National Geographic,
in partnership with Graphic Films, delivers an experience
ten years in the making---the awesome spectacle of
earthquakes, volcanoes and tornadoes brought to the
giant screen; and it is quite a coincidence that it took
ten years to make this movie and it is being used as
the tenth installment in The Atlantic Ultimate Field
Trip, an edutainment programme that Digicel IMAX
does in conjunction with our sole education partner
"The partnership between Atlantic and Digicel IMAX
has been since inception of the theatre---three years
---and during this period we have seen over 50,000
of the nation s school children experience the Atlantic
Ultimate Field Trip. It is our objective to ensure that
all the nation s school children have an Atlantic Ultimate
Field Trip experience."
Narrated by actor Kevin Bacon, Forces of Nature
highlights that billions of years after Earth s genesis,
this planet retains a volatile atmosphere. While we
are at the mercy of these primal powers, our hope lies
with researchers willing to risk their own lives on
groundbreaking quests to understand the origins and
behaviour of natural disasters. From an active Caribbean
volcano to the earthquake-tested antiquities of Istanbul,
and finally on to America s notorious Tornado Alley,
Forces of Nature showcases three scientists aiming to
improve our odds of surviving these terrifying events.
The Earth's forces
collide at Digicel IMAX
• School bookings will be made available after
the launch and can be done through the
Marketing Department at 297-0205 or via
e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
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