Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : September 21st 2016 Contents tobagotoday.co.tt SEPTEMBER 21 - 27, 2016
Former minority leader of the Tobago
House of Assembly, William McKenzie, is
"extremely grateful" that he won a Chaconia
Medal (Gold), this country s second highest
award, at the 54th National Awards Cere-
mony on Independence Day (August 31) at
Queen s Hall, St Ann s.
The 85-year-old McKenzie, who served for 25
years in the THA as a member of the People s
National Movement, representing the constituency
of the Lambeau/Signal Hill, said he was "surprised
by the news" and "really did not expect anything,
as helping people had its own reward."
Sitting in his porch with his wife Clemencia,
who chimed in on the conversation when he
invited her to assist him in finding a word or
complete a thought he was trying to process, Mc
Kenzie said he knew hard times as a child.
He said that period of his life taught him to
help people. He said over the years he was able
to help others because his wife supported.
"My wife stood by me and continues to provide
all the support I need at this time, that is why
I am so strong," he said in response to a question
on his mental and physical health.
He said eating the right thing, having God in
your life and the support of a wife, like his, is
all he needs.
He continued speaking glowingly about his
wife for several minutes, but hardly skipped a
beat when he answered the question regarding
his days in the THA, which was asked minutes
"Those days were good and I did my work by
helping the people. That was my work," he said.
"I helped people because I wanted to and my
joy was to see the satisfaction on their faces and
to know that I was able to help. I got to the office
before 8 am and was ready to help people just
"I didn t ask people to wait so that I could
show how important I was as people doing now.
It wasn t all fun and games and yes people loved
me but I was serious about what I did." McKenzie
said his only regret was that he was not able to
"I was sorry when they told me I was not able
to go back up for election and they put me in
an office with a secretary. I was the saddest per-
son," he recalled.
"I had no power to help and then had to go
to another person who had that power but might
not have had my people s interests at heart."
He said his upbringing was responsible for the
way he treated people.
"You see that tree," he said, while pointing to
a tall sapodilla tree in his front yard, "that tree
was my source of food as child. That tree is older
than me and I am eighty-five. Imagine that a
tree older than me still bearing plenty fruit every
year and providing food for us, in other words
These days, Mr McKenzie is content to sit in
his porch and be with his wife.
"This is all I want in life, to be with my wife
and feel contented," he said,
"I don t even work garden again, I just want
to end my days with this kind of comfort."
Scores of Tobago students were
among the 3500 new undergrads
who took part in the University of
the West Indies 14th Matriculation
and Welcoming ceremony at the St
Augustine campus last Thursday.
It was an event full of pomp and
ceremony marking the formal recog-
nition of students as members of the
Each student accompanied by one
parent witnessed Asmita Nankissoon,
a past student of the St. Augustine
Girls High School and a first year
Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor
of Science (MBSS) student, sign the
matriculation register symbolically
on their behalf.
Nankissoon was chosen to do so
as she was considered a model stu-
dent, having scored the highest mark
at CSEC Physics and CAPE Biology
Unit 1 as well as making a cultural
contribution at her former school.
In bringing remarks at his first
matriculation ceremony, Pro- Vice
Chancellor and Campus Principal,
Professor Brian Copeland, told the
students they should use the knowl-
edge they gain at the university to
make economic changes in the coun-
try and "fulfil their mandate as future
leaders of the Caribbean."
"Apply those creative and innova-
tive talents and skills to devise prod-
ucts, processes, systems and methods
that the world has never seen before,"
He also urged them to ensure they
make a major difference in their work-
place after graduating.
"Move then to create your own
companies medium or small, to sell
these new entities, or as an employee
of an already established firm, to
improve the value of its existing prod-
ucts ...so as to improve its interna-
Also addressing the students was
Vice-Chancellor Sir Hillary Beckles,
who noted that the university was
"first class" despite its financial chal-
He gave them an idea of the mag-
nitude of the task they were being
given as new students of the insti-
"This tradition of excellence that
we have created over the past 68 years
has been entrusted to you," Sir Hillary
At the end of the ceremony, UWI
Guild president Makesi Peters led the
new undergrads in the recital of the
Four Tobago students take time out to capture the memory of becoming part of the
UWI community after last week's matriculation ceremony. They are, from left, Karina
Morrison, of Lambeau (formerly of UWI Sixth Form); Coryel Sobers, of Canaan,
(formerly of Signal Hill Secondary); Jeneice Clarke, of Bethel (formerly of Harmons
School of SDA and Signal Hill Secondary) and Chantelle Novoa, of Bacolet (formerly of
Bishop's High School).
Former minority leader in the Tobago House of
Assembly, William McKenzie, receives his
Chaconia medal from President AnthonyCarmona
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