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In terms of my medical career, Dr
Winston Ince and Prof Courtenay
Bartholomew were some of my early
mentors and then several excellent
consultants I worked with in the UK.
In my pastoral work, my brother-
in-law Pastor Motilal Rattan, will
always be someone I consider as a
spiritual father figure but later in
life, the works and books by Pastor
Rick Warren had a powerful impact
on my life. Lastly, but very impor-
tantly, being married to Lynda for
33 years has lifted me to increasing
levels of excellence as she has always
encouraged me and pushed me in a
good way not to settle for mediocrity.
If you had to give two messages
to our readers, what would they
be? One as a diabetes consultant,
the other as a pastor.
A message in terms of diabetes is
to have regular checks for diabetes
especially if there is a family history,
as picking up people with pre-diabe-
tes is extremely important. If you are
diabetic please follow expert medical
advice and be compliant with life-
style and medication regimes. As a
pastor I would encourage people to
make wise choices in life and to take
responsibility for their actions and
to remember that God has a specific
plan and purpose for your life.
What are the main reasons for
Very supportive parents and now
my wife and children, and having a
work ethic that emphasizes simple
hard work (nothing comes easily).
What is the best advice you
have ever received?
Put God first in all that I do.
What do you feel are the great-
est accomplishments of your ca-
reer thus far?
I would say returning to Trinidad
and being able to set up a commu-
nity-based diabetes programme
for the South West Regional Health
Authority. The prototype we have
designed, I think, can be used for
the rest of the country. There is still
much to do but being able to inspire
others—doctors and health care pro-
fessionals—to take up diabetes as a
special interest has also been an area
of great reward.
What daily motto/credo do you
live by...your recipe for success?
My recipe for success is daily
spending time with God and devel-
oping a personal relationship with
Him. The driving force in my life is
undoubtedly the spiritual dimension
of my life.
Most fulfilling part of what
The most fulfilling aspect of
both vocations is simply seeing
the quality of people’s lives improve
and although they may not achieve
complete “cures” they enjoy a more
What are some of the challeng-
es/issues faced in your sectors/
areas of endeavour?
In the medical sector undoubted-
ly the shortages in terms of drugs
and investigations can become very
frustrating and is a limiting factor
in the quality of care we can deliver.
In my pastoral work it can be very
disappointing when you pour your
life into others and they still make
poor choices in life.
If you had to solve the ills that
prevail in T&T what would you
Wow! That’s a difficult question. I
believe we are still very fortunate as a
people to have the quality of life that
we do in our twin island republic. We
need strong role models especially
for our young men, and our system
of governance is severely lacking in
so many respects. Simple things like
respect for each other and acts of
kindness can go a long way in making
our islands a better place.
What advice would you give to
a young person who is contem-
plating a vocation such as yours?
Well I am bi-vocational. Medicine
is a great career and I would still en-
courage young people to pursue it.
Pastoral ministry gives one amazing
opportunities to help others. Ac-
tually, the two vocations intersect
in the sense we are called to serve
others in both areas.
What advice would you give to
the leaders of our country?
Place God first in their lives. Ask
God for wisdom and insight as they
make crucial decisions for this coun-
try and to model lives of integrity
Describe yourself in two
words, one beginning with C,
the other with K (your initials)?
Hmmm...I’d say Consistent and
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In recent times, the incidents
of abuse against women and
children have become more
high profile and the attention
being paid to such abuses is now
more intense. Just two weeks
ago, a 13-year-old school boy’s
throat was slashed together
with that of his babysitter. It
was a heinous crime and it’s
hard to believe that another
Trinidadian had committed
such a terrible act. Some say
it was a robbery while others
say it was a revenge killing. We
Last Sunday, social media
showed a two-year-old toddler
being beaten with a handbag, but
more than that he was chased from
his home stark naked. Neighbours
were able to rescue the child and
get him to family members.
These are just two examples of
recent vintage which still plays on
the memory of very many people in
the neighbourhood and the wider
national community. But the dra-
ma doesn’t stop there. What about
the policeman who raped a teen-
ager when she, together with her
mother, went to a police station to
make a report?
So, we must ask ourselves the
question: Are we doing enough to
ensure that the education system
produces luminaries and not ban-
dits? And secondly, are we all play-
ing the parental role necessary for
bringing up children properly? The
answers are simple and straight-
Only a small percentage of par-
ents take their parental responsi-
bilities seriously. This is reflective
of the society in which we live.
Murders abound, robberies are
commonplace, rapes and indecent
assaults are prevalent, abuse is par
for the course, and the list goes on...
This showed up clearly in last
week’s SEA results where the top
three students come from homes
where there is a mother and a fa-
ther. Wherever that marriage bond
is present the children tend to be
more successful. We can’t speak for
the other students.
The sanctity of marriage is fast
becoming a thing of the past, but
there is hope in the Family Life
Commission’s present process
of revitalising the pre-marriage
programme as it tries to persuade
couples that marriage is the way
to go. The preponderance of the
many live-with relationships lack
commitment and therein lies the
What the SEA results show
is that Roman Catholic schools
seem to be losing ground to other
denominations because it was not
long ago that Catholic schools were
always in the top ten. Now, that is
no more. The Catholic Education
Board of Management needs to
look into the reasons why this is
If only to acknowledge that Luke
10:2 says, “The harvest is abun-
dant, but the labourers are few;
so ask the master of the harvest to
send out labourers for his harvest.”
Each of us is needed in the harvest,
parents and teachers. The question
is: What are we going to do about
it? The answer lies with all of us.
It is incumbent on all of us to
bring up our children in the fear
of God as their spiritual growth
is vitally important to their future
and toward creating a better T&T
for everyone—kinder, gentler and
I cannot let this opportunity
pass without offering my personal
congratulations to all the children
who were successful in the recent
SEA examination, and especially
those who secured their first choice
in schools. I also want to extend
special and heartfelt congratula-
tions to my own grandson Jonathan
Khelawan who passed for his school
of choice—Queen’s Royal College.
Bring up children in the fear of God
Vernon Khelawan is a columnist
for Catholic Media Services
Ltd (Camsel), the official
communication arm of the
Archdiocese of Port-of-Spain.
Its offices are located at 31
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