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TECU Credit Union Co-operative Society Limited (TECU) invites mem-
bers who may be desirous of being part of its dynamic TECU Leadership
Team to serve on one of the following Committees:
Board of Directors
Super visory Committee
The nomination process is a new and integral part of the democratic elec-
tions of TECU and precedes our Annual General Meeting scheduled for
Friday April 21, 2017.
Members in good standing who are interested in serving on any of the
above Committees can collect an Application Package for Nomination to
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TECU's website: www.tecutt.com.
Fully completed and signed Application Packages placed in sealed en-
Committee, TECU House, Southern Main Road, Marabella can be
Monday February 20,
BY ORDER OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The introductory words "I is a
market vendor and when yuh come
by me, ah giving yuh peas, ochro
and rice, chicken and yam", puz-
zled judges during the auditions
for the 2017 National Women's
Action Committee (NWAC) Ca-
lypso Queen competition which
takes place February 12 at Queen's
Hall, St Ann's.
With her broad smile, gospel artiste
Genisa Rhonda St Hillaire told the T&T
Guardian singing about produce and
watching the quizzical expressions on
the judges' faces gave her an uncom-
fortable feeling at first, but soon they
lifted their heads and smiled when after
a brief pause, came the words, "and ah
giving yuh Jesus"
In their comments, the judges not-
ed that her song, Preaching In D Mar-
ket Place was most original in lyrical
content. They also found the song
written by written by fellow gospel
singer/songwriter Jadee Sellier, quite
The 36-year-old mother of one was
positively joyful when it was confirmed
she made it into the finals.
St Hillaire will perform the Ato Wil-
liams song in 15th position on Monday
evening. If she wins she will make his-
tory as the first gospel artiste to make
it to the NWAC Queen Finals and win.
Laughing, she said, "This would in-
deed be a pioneering change that would
open doors for others."
But why the big surprise about get-
The song took her out of her comfort
zone, and made her wonder what her
Christian parents and people in the
church would think about her entering
a Carnival competition.
"I did strictly R&B/Neo soul gospel
and inspirational songs. So when Jadee
came to me with this, he was quite con-
fident I could pull it off, but there were
a few concerns on my part. This was
really charging into uncharted territory
St Hillaire also admitted she was in-
itially tense about doing the song as
she witnessed over the years the trials
and judgment fellow artistes like Sellier
and Sean Daniel endured---especially
from the church---for taking the gospel
into the secular calypso environment.
But that changed when the St Augus-
tine Senior Secondary School alumna
drew on her deep faith and remembered
the true work of an evangelist. At that
moment, she owned Preaching In D
Market Place with pride and honour
and felt confident about spreading
the gospel just where it needed to be
"Sometimes even as Christians we
forget that Christ never came for the
well put together, saved and sanctified
person. He came for the broken, the
lost, the hungry, the prostitute, the
drunkard, the sinner. It was them that
he spent his time with, teaching them
and healing them," she said.
And it's the same thing that He
asked of us as believers to do....to go
out through the world and preach
the gospel of God. Whether it be by
book or by song. But by all means go
among them that needs a physician,"
St Hillaire said.
St Hillaire, distinguished by her huge
Afro, said people should stop putting
gospel music in a box.
"It shouldn't be that if a gospel
artiste enters the Calypso Queen or
Young Kings competitions that they
won't place or do well because they
entered with a gospel song.
"We and by we, I mean the body of
Christ, needs to support this as evan-
gelistic work. Forget about the notion
that gospel artiste trod on secular
grounds to get paid. Once we know we
are walking in the Spirit and led by the
Spirit and we get the release from God
to boldly go into these territories and
'preach in d market place.'"
Describing herself as a shy person,
St Hillaire said it took her some time
before she launched a solo career.
"I was always doing background vo-
cals for other gospel artistes and I was
comfortable there. But everyone would
say to me 'you have too much talent,
and you have something to say so you
should step up'
In 2013, her ministry of music was
launched and she released the single:
This Kinda Love, which spoke to the
unconditional love that comes from Je-
sus Christ. This was followed by Nisa
Nora, Better and her more recent, Just
Believe which shows off St Hillaire's
real vocal range.
Although the Central native has no
formal training as a singer---possibly
because of her gift of singing---she is
able to be a successful vocal coach.
When St Hillaire is not writing songs or
recording, works with her four-mem-
ber group, Surrender.
So will we see a Genisa in the com-
petition next year?
"Oh definitely! I will enter again. I
am having so much fun and like Jadee
always reminds me even if we don't
win, we still win and that is what
In the NWAC Calypso Queen Finals
Genisa St Hillaire hopes her gospel-calypso Preaching in D Market Place helps her to make history.
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