Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : October 28th 2014 Contents Former television personality
Hazel Ward-Redman (née Wil-
son) died yesterday at her San
Fernando home at 79.
Her niece June Johnston said
she was diagnosed with pancreatic
cancer last July, and peacefully
succumbed to the illness around
Ward was the first weather
anchor on Trinidad and Tobago
Television (TTT) in 1962. Before
that she worked at Radio Trinidad
under the Rediffusion service, then
known as the B station.
On TTT she hosted Teen Talent
and Twelve and Under, two talent
shows that became legendary .
"She always loved children and
young people, and had an eye for
talent," said Johnston. "What I
recall most is my siblings and I
going to her home on Edward
Street in 1962 to look at the news
on TTT, but more importantly, to
watch her do the weather. And we
would be so excited when she came
She married Dr Archie Redman
In a media release yesterday,
state-owned media house CNMG
said: "The Caribbean New Media
Group (CNMG) family mourns the
death of Ms Ward-Redman, who,
for a generation, was the respected,
charming and graceful talent-show
hostess on tate television.
"Her life s work is legendary,
unearthing, highlighting and
coaching many prospective artistes
and, in the process, enriching the
nation in its early post-Indepen-
"With her passion and pride,
Ms Ward-Redman became a vir-
tual extended member of every
family in T&T, endearing herself
with her huge television presence
and extolling studio guests to strive
to achieve their potential. Even as
she practised in a virtually new
industry, she was thoroughly pro-
fessional and is fondly remembered
for her discipline, diligence, per-
sonal warmth and infectious
Johnston said Ward s funeral
would most likely" take place at
St Paul s Anglican Church, San
Fernando, on Saturday, at a time
to be announced.
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Monday morning assembly yester-
day at Presentation College, San Fer-
nando, became a memorial to one of
its most formidable principals, Bro
Brother Michael, as he was fondly
called, died at his Wadell Street, Vista-
bella, home on Sunday, after a long
battle with cancer. He was 77.
A photographic montage was put on
display by past student Allan Samlals-
ingh as those who worked and studied
under Bro Michael remembered him.
Bro Michael was the first Trinidadian
to become principal of the college, the
alma mater of two former prime min-
isters, Patrick Manning and Basdeo
Panday, and President Anthony Car-
mona. The college was established by
the Presentation Order of Ireland in
Bro Michael served as principal for
27 years, from 1975 to March 2002. He
later renounced his clerical vows.
Last year, he was awarded the Public
Service Medal of Merit, Gold, which
was pinned on his lapel by his former
student, President Carmona. At the
time of his death he was a governor on
the UTT Board.
He mounted a Congress of the People
rally at Trincity Mall in 2007 in his
quest to contest the San Fernando West
seat on a COP ticket.
President of the Presentation College
past students association Stephen Sam-
lalsingh said it appeared Bro Michael
passed away peacefully while watching
television on Sunday.
Samlalsingh said he was the third
Presentation icon they had lost in the
past month, all to cancer.
The two others were Anthony Lee
Mack and Geddes Khan. Samlalsingh
said a walkathon planned for this Sat-
urday, themed "One Pres, one cure,"
was to raise awareness of the disease.
"He was my principal at age 11. He
was a giant of a man and we stayed in
contact. He took to Facebook to declare
that he was in remission, but he never
told us when he was in pain," Samlals-
He said the past students have
arranged nightly vigils at the Carib
Street college until the funeral, which
is yet to be arranged.
Basdeo Panday also recalled Bro
Michael as being "an excellent principal,
not only in his capacity to manage, but
he had a personality that related to
ordinary people and made them feel
at home when he was around. We had
a lot of good times, and in the circum-
stances I want to extend my condo-
lences and sympathy to his loved ones."
Vice principal Preston Kissoon, who
worked with Bro Michael for 11 years,
said the school s flag would fly at half-
mast in his memory.
"He was considered to be the man
who moulded Presentation College into
what it is now. He transformed the
school from a school to the Presentation
family. He was able to find ways to cre-
ate strong allegiances among the stu-
dents. He always inspired his teachers
Kissoon said Bro Michael loved life
and always participated in all social
activity. He was an avid tennis player,
a devoted member of the T&T Scout
movement and also played the cuatro.
turns into memorial for
Bro Michael Samuel
Aunty Hazel dies at 79
Education Minister Dr
Tim Gopeesingh says he
is awaiting a report from
the chief education offi-
cer, his permanent sec-
retary and the legal
department to deter-
mine whether mehindi
(Indian body art) was a
contravention of the
ministry s regulations.
This follows an inci-
dent last week in which
Chelsea Balgobin, a Stan-
dard One pupil of St
Gabriel s Girls RC School
in San Fernando, was
banned from the school
because her palms were
adorned with mehindi.
The girl s mother,
Sandy Mahadeo, accom-
panied her to school yes-
terday and spoke with
staff, who later allowed
her in. The mehindi was
still visible on Chelsea s
Mahadeo said, "Last
Wednesday my daughter
had to leave school
because she was told she
was not properly attired.
"This is not supposed
to happen, because this
is a multi-cultural society
and people s culture
should be respected."
She said it was not the
first time her daughter
had faced what she
described as discrimina-
"When we do prayers
they remove the rakhi
thread from my child s
"I did not know that
mehindi was against the
school rules. I have tried
to scrub it off, but it is
stained. Mehindi takes a
while to come off."
Saying she was afraid
her daughter would be
called on Gopeesingh to
help get a transfer for
In an interview,
Gopeesingh said he could
not say whether mehindi
was equivalent to make-
up, nail polish or hair-
pieces, which are banned
in all public schools.
"They are researching
the regulations on this
matter to see how it
relates to the Education
Act. The chief education
officer will give me a
report over the next few
days, following which I
will make a statement,"
CEO at the Catholic
Education Board of Man-
agement Sharon Man-
groo said it was not a
matter of discrimination.
"All schools have reg-
ulations when it comes
to the school uniform
and they fit with the
ministry s guidelines.
Schoolgirl with mehindi returns to class
Bro Michael Samuel
Chelsea Balgobin shows on her return to school
yesterday shows the mahindi on her hands outside
her school. PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-
Bissessar, has extended
condolences to the family of
broadcast pioneer and television
personality Hazel Ward-Redman.
In a statement yesterday the
Prime Minister said: "I am deeply
saddened by the passing of this
remarkable woman, fondly
known to past generations of our
nation's children as Aunty Hazel.
Her impact as media icon, patron
of the arts and advocate of
women's issues is immeasurable.
Many of us warmly remember
Aunty Hazel as host of signature
programmes on Trinidad and
Tobago Television (TTT) such as
Mainly for Women, Twelve and
Under and Teen Talent."
The PM said at TTT,Ward-
Redman established herself as
the "unofficial First Lady of
Trinidad television, building a
reputation for dedication,
excellence and commitment to
nurturing the talents of the
children of our nation."
Persad-Bissessar said Ward-
Redman's passing left a void
which would not be easily filled,
but her life remained an
outstanding testimony to
professionalism and selfless
service to community and
PM: SHE WAS AN UNOFFICIAL FIRST
LADY OF TRINIDAD TELEVISION
Carmona says he is
saddened by the death of
Bro Michael Samuel.
In a statement
yesterday, the President
said, "I am shattered by
his sudden death
although I was very much
aware of his health
challenges. He was a
guiding light in my life, like
so many others, not only
as a principal but as a
teacher and he was someone I felt
proud to call a mentor and a friend."
Carmona said at Presentation
College, San Fernando, Bro Michael
was a firm disciplinarian but someone
who cared genuinely for the welfare
and upliftment of his charges.
"There was never a dull moment in
his disposition and interaction with
others. I can still see that broad
engaging smile and recall the magic of
his laughter. His joie de
vivre was infectious,"
He added: Personally,
over the years as a state
prosecutor, judge and
now President, his words
inspired me. Bro Michael
always felt an enormous
sense of pride by virtue
of his association with
Presentation College, San
Carmona said Bro Michael's legacy,
as an educational luminary who
carved and moulded students into
men of calibre and substance, is
"It was an unforgettable and
touching honour for me to present
him with a national award last year.
He never spoke ill of anyone and
believed in the best of us. I am simply
shattered by his loss," Carmona said.
CARMONA: HE WAS A GUIDING LIGHT
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