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Early start for Janoura’s Christmas tradition
Hannah Janoura can only be de-
scribed as a woman with a big
For the past 27 years, Janoura,
77, has been hosting fundrais-
ing events offering beautifully
designed Christmas decorations
which she makes with her very
hands in her spare time.
The money from the proceeds
goes towards the purchase of
wheelchairs for physically-chal-
lenged children at the Princess
Elizabeth Centre in Woodbrook.
Janoura also does charitable
work for the Cancer Society and
other non-governmental organi-
She started designing Christmas
decorations in 1988 following a
fire at Janouras on Henry Street.
“I had nothing to do. I saw in
Miami they were doing dolls with
mops and decided to give it a try,”
On her first attempt, Janoura
made 100 doll mops.
Unable to sell them at their new
location on Sackville Street, Jan-
oura hosted a fundraiser at the
ballroom of the Hilton Trinidad.
The response from the public
From there, it has been no
“I just did something last year.
raiser at MovieTowne to bring
down 100 wheelchairs,” said Jan-
Last year she made faces made
of styrofoam balls which she dec-
The event far exceeded Jan-
oura’s expectations and she was
able to buy 200 wheelchairs
which were distributed on Inde-
pendence Day and for Christmas
to people in need.
This year, Janoura has already
made 66 Christmas toy decora-
tions using local and imported
stuffed elves and Santa Claus
From September she began
working on the pieces.
“That 66 has already been sold
to one person who gives them
out as gifts for Christmas,” she
said, pointing to the decorations,
which were on display on a table
at her establishment.
“I am going to make more
which I will sell in the store. I
want to make more than 100 this
Janoura craftily wrapped the
legs or arms of each elf around a
glass jar filled with either choco-
lates or salt and sweet prunes.
The prices of the decorations
range from $150 to over $1,000.
As one of the directors of Jan-
ouras, there is no stopping this
businesswoman who has demon-
strated unwavering compassion
for the less fortunate in the sea-
son of merriment and cheer.
Chancellor to UWI graduates
‘Don’t be paralysed by circumstances’
Over 4,000 students will graduate
during the next two days at the
UWI, Sport and Physical Educa-
tion Centre in St Augustine.
In all, students from different
faculties will graduate in six sepa-
rate graduation ceremonies.
Yesterday, the Faculty of Sci-
ence and Technology and Food
and Agriculture held their gradu-
Calypsonian Andrew Marcano,
better known as Lord Superior,
and calypso composer Winsford
“Joker” DeVine were conferred
with honorary Doctor of Let-
ters for their work in the calypso
Robert Bermudez advised the
graduates that their success would
be limited by their own hands.
“It would only be limited by
your hands. Aim for the stars, the
only regret you will have in life is
the things you fail to do,” he said.
He told the students that they
were independent and could
make their own way in the world.
“Your ability to think...it is an
asset in which you can never lose.
Don’t let anyone discourage you
from your dreams. There will be
obstacles but you can get over
them,” he said.
He advised the graduands not to
be afraid of change.
“You can’t allow yourself to be
paralysed by the circumstances.
We are no longer who our fathers
were. It is an exciting place where
dreams can come through,” he
Valedictorian Zia Barnard said
that the knowledge, skills and a
sense of regionalism learnt at the
university could make a difference
in the Caribbean.
Barnard said there were many
social, economic, environmental,
agricultural, health and safety
and unemployment issues which
needed to be tackled.
“Let us set aside our egocentric
and envious tendencies. Let us
cast away political hatchets, racial
and religious ideologies that di-
vide us,” she said.
“As a UWI graduate, we are
never the underdog. Our training
and the tradition at the UWI will
serve us well in any environment,”
The graduation statistics re-
vealed that 67.5 per cent of the
students were female with 2,647
undergraduate degrees with the
Faculties of Social Sciences and
Medical Science certifying more
than 500 undergraduate students.
Some 1,369 students were
awarded graduate degrees includ-
ing 233 educators from the Fac-
ulty of Humanities and Education
who represented the largest grad-
uate programme for the year.
Andrew “Lord Superior” Marcano receives his Honorary Doctor of Letters
from Chancellor Robert Bermudez.
PICTURES ABRAHAM DIAZ
Graduate Tahirah Sanderson beams
with pride during the graduation
ceremony at the University of the
West Indies, St Augustine campus
2017, UWI Spec, St Augustine,
Hannah Janoura displays some of her Christmas gifts which were sold out at her business place on Sackville Steet, Port-of-Spain, yesterday. PICTURE KERWIN PIERRE
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