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PALO SECO CREDIT UNION
CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETY LIMITED
856-858 Siparia Erin Road,
Los Bajos, Palo Seco,
649-5683 | 649-4507 | 649-6253
68 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Notice is hereby given that the 68th ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
of the Palo Seco Credit Union Co-operative Society Ltd. will be held on
Wednesday 5th April 2017 , at the Palo Seco Credit Union's Auditorium,
856-858 Siparia Erin Road, Los Bajos from 4.30 p. m.
2. Matters arising from Minutes.
3. Consideration and acceptance of Report
a. Board of Directors Report
b. Credit Committee Report
c. Supervisiory Report
d. Education Report
e. Treasurer's Report
4. Reading and consideration of the Resolutions.
6. General Business
Registration begins at 3.00 pm.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Members are advised that the AGM brochure can be collected at
31st March, 2017
Commissioner of Prisons Sterling Stewart, former Chief Justice and president of the CCJ Michael de la
Bastide, Children's Ark president Simone de la Bastide, President Anthony Carmona, Rema Carmona and
Debbie Jacob of Wishing For Wings.
she calls them---to do something mean-
ingful with their lives, Jacob wrote
Wishing For Wings, a book that raised
awareness of the potential of these
young boys, if only someone would
give them a chance.
Turning her interest to the inmates
of the Port-of-Spain prison, she be-
gan dreaming of establishing a room
or library where fathers could sit with
their children and bond over a book,
help with homework, and repair the
frayed edges of family relationships
that prison tends to inflict.
Commissioner of Prisons Sterling
Stewart, who, like Jacob, viewed many
of his charges as sons, threw himself
behind the idea, designating a block
of death-row cells to be redesigned,
renewed and rededicated to a humane
and life-affirming purpose.
The Children's Ark, led by founder
Simone De La Bastide and supported
by members such as Kathy Ann Water-
man, Vicki Assevero Mottley and April
Bermudez and the Board, immediately
recognised the potential for healing and
strengthening of family relationships,
and brought its tremendous clout to
the fund-raising and facilitation of the
entire project, complete with furnish-
ings and special books.
Inmates were eager to help, contrib-
uting the labour required to knock down
those restrictive walls and opening it
up to the free flow of hope and new life.
Now, the pastel walls are decorated with
original artwork done by prisoners from
The Carrera Art Collective, and lined
with comfy couches and armchairs.
The space was named The Sterling
Stewart Royal Reading Room in honour
of Commissioner Stewart, just hours
before he proceeded on retirement. He
left with the thanks and blessings of all
those whose lives he had touched. Iron-
ically, three of the artists who painted
the artwork were put in prison when
His Excellency was Assistant DPP in
the office of Director of Public Pros-
When inmate Mark Hernandez rose
and spoke passionately about the im-
pact of books upon his life, my tears
began flowing anew. Although he was
already literate, Jacob---"this human
angel"---ignited a fire in him for learn-
ing, debating, and self-development.
"Reading is knowledge," he said, "and
knowledge is power."
Speaking at the ceremony, His Ex-
cellency President Anthony Carmona,
Patron of the Children's Ark, reflected
on his years on the bench as a judge,
and expressed his belief that exposure
to good books can have a huge impact
on inmates, both in terms of helping
them to mentally escape the walls, and
also in educating and uplifting them,
thus reducing the possibility of recid-
ivism once they are re-integrated into
society. "Books let the caged bird sing,"
The President said: "I wish to pub-
licly commend the Commissioner of
Prisons, Sterling Stewart, Debbie Ja-
cob, a journalist among journalists and
the Children's Ark, of which I am the
proud patron, under the distinguished
leadership of Mrs Simone De La Bas-
tide and her hard-working executive.
The Children's Ark continues to engage
out-of-the-box solutions to the social
problems we face, building awareness
and taking action. Mrs De La Bastide,
your ark provides that safe haven and
shelter for the marginalised, the voice-
less and the hopeless from the tempest
and the storms of a world burdened by
commercialism and sometimes a lack
of compassion. T&T can never forget
that initiative of the Children's Ark,
bringing world renowned activist and
champion from human trafficking from
Nepal in the form of Ms Anuradha Koi-
rala. At that conference, we all agreed
that human trafficking is taking place ...
in the brothels to be found in the north,
south, east and west of T&T."
De La Bastide is confident that initia-
tives such as this, which help strength-
en family ties, can reduce the impact
of these violent times upon children,
cut down on bullying, and help them to
overcome the stigma and embarrass-
ment of an incarcerated parent. Adding
to their long list of significant other
completed projects, The Children's
Ark has done so much work to date, to
change and boost the lives of hundreds
of 'at risk ' youth in our society.
In recognition of their support, both
Jacob and The Ark were presented with
gorgeous paintings done by inmates,
the latter being an image of a large ark,
surrounded by children. It was a mov-
ing and apt tribute.
With their thoughts firmly focused
on the benefits such a reading room can
bring to inmates, children, and society
as a whole, Jacob, The Children's Ark,
and the T&T Prison Services are now
discussing a new target: The Women's
Prison at Golden Grove, in Arouca. This
will mean more lives to be touched,
more families to heal, and more smiles
on young faces... which is what the Ark
is all about.
eager to help
n From Page A22
The Children's Ark can be
found on Facebook, or at
Address: 7 Fitzblackman Drive,
Tel: (868) 389-9772
It welcomes donations and any
form of support.
Commissioner of Prisons
Sterling Stewart, who,
like Jacob, viewed many
of his charges as sons,
threw himself behind the
idea, designating a block
of death-row cells to be
redesigned, renewed and
rededicated to a humane
and life-affirming purpose.
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