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SAM LEADING THE WAY IN
EDUCATION SINCE 1984
My name is Mauricia Smith-Grimshaw and I run
an office supplies store.
I was born and grew up all my life in the village
of Lambeau in Tobago. Then I got married and
moved to Canaan. But I lived in Buccoo and Buccoo
is the best. One of these days I hope to purchase a
piece of land there and build my own home in Buc-
My daughter s name is Shanique. And my hus-
band s name is Anthony. We ve been married about
eight, nine years. Marriage is an honourable thing
and an interesting journey. It s a sacrifice between
both. My saying is, "It takes two to make a marriage
work: I didn t get married to myself". And also com-
munication. And, most importantly, God at the head.
It s a very Tobagonian thing: to own a piece of
Tobago. And to plant. Long ago, behind every home
there was a garden, but that is not really so today.
My grandmother still has a little kitchen garden.
But we are more into the instant market. We even
start to import basically everything from Trinidad.
People will go down (to Trinidad) with their van and
come up with they goods, tomatoes, their this, their
that. But people used to plant their cassava.
I want to live in Buccoo because of Buccoo itself,
not because of (well-known daylong party) Sunday
School. The only Sunday School I attend is the proper,
Biblical one at our church.
When you look around at how simple everything
is, even the rain, you have to believe in God. Some-
time you will be driving in one area, rain falling, as
you get out, like two minutes (later), rain stop! Stop
and see how awesome that is!
I grew up with my grandmother always saying,
"Mother have, father have, blessed is the child that
has its own. And that is my intention: to have my
I don t smoke or drink. I love to eat shrimps and
crab-and-dumpling. I like to cook but my mom is
the big chef in the family.
I don t see Trinidadians settling in Tobago as
others in Tobago might see it. For me, it s a good
thing. At the end of the day, we are all one culture,
so it is nice to have a diversity of cultures within the
I started my business last year August and busi-
ness has been good. It has been successful. When
we started, we did not have uniforms and stuff but,
as we progress, stuff keeps adding. School uniforms.
I might branch into office uniforms if I get a business
deal from THA. That would be nice! I m hoping to
get a piece of land so we can do marketing on a large
scale. Then we will have furnitures for office.
The best part of having my business is knowing
BAGO TO D BONE
As Told to BC Pires
Born and grew to be true
to myself that it s not because
of anything I have done but
because of the leading and
direction of God. Also to see
that I was able to establish
something like this at the tender
challenging being an uprising,
upcoming business entrepreneur
that you don t get the help you
looking for, in terms of you don t
get the suppliers you might
I tend to stay out of politics.
Church and politics don t mix.
Business and politics don t mix.
A Tobagonian is somebody
born and grew in Tobago, such
as myself. Somebody who came
from Trinidad 65 years ago at
the age of five, when his parents
moved to Tobago, who is 70
years old and living all this time
in Tobago, I would not consider
him as being a Tobagonian. Born
Trinidad & Tobago still
means a lot to me, despite the
little crime and all of that. We
could still walk down the road
and the neighbour see you and
give you a ride out. So we are
all still meshed as a family.
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