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#1-7 Fitz Blackman Drive
(next to the National Stadium)
Port of Spain, Trinidad W.I.
Fax: 868 623-6766
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My name is Donna Rodriguez and I co-ordinate
the activities and facilities at a professional training
I m from Quarry Street, East Dry River, Port-of-
Spain. Growing up there was pretty nice, in the
earlies. People played together,
shared ideas and activities. On
Good Friday we had a big cricket
and basketball tournament where
everybody was involved. And we
had Christmas parties together. We
shared everything. If people didn t
have a TV, people would come over
to look at your television. We
organised excursions and everybody
I ve seen a lot of change in the
neigbhourhood. Most of the peo-
ple who grew up there are no
longer there. We have had new
people coming in with different
cultures, different ideas, race,
everything. On Quarry Street we
had Indian people, we had some
The neighbourhood is calm, [although] some-
times it s a bit rough. We don t have much shooting
or anything like that. We hear, but we really don t
see the activity. I am not frightened or worried to
I came from a family of a mother, a father, a
brother and myself. I have a family myself. My hus-
band is Kennrick Rodriguez. My one daughter is
Cristal Martin. My son is Christophe Rodriguez and
my other son is Kellon Rodriguez. My grandson,
Caelan Martin, who will be six in January, brings a
lot of joy to my life.
I sometimes go for a walk up to the Savannah.
But I have my exercise stuff at home, my bike, my
ab-doer, for at least an hour.
I was raised in the Catholic faith. I attended Nel-
son St Girls RC and then went on to St Martin s
Girls High. And then I did UWI Open Campus,
George Washington University and Caribbean College
For relaxation, I go for a bus ride or organise a
lime with friends for the end of the month, go and
have some sherry or some dinner. We go to different
restaurants. Hakka is one of the best; and Valpark
Chinese Restaurant. I have no Chinese heritage but
I like Chinese food.
Most of all I like Emancipation. I go out on the
street to march, wear my African gown, I enjoy the
Rise in the East, set
to work in the West
drums---it s so exciting!
Honesty is the best policy. My parents always
pushed me to do what is right.
There is no power greater than God. I hold on
to my faith and live each day, with
God, as though it were my last.
My job entails preparing for
programmes advertised to be run
at the training centre. I make sure
that, when the programme starts,
it runs in a proper manner. Dealing
with setting up the classrooms, get-
ting the lunches, making sure the
list of the facilitators needs they
sent me are in order, making sure
the computers are up and running.
Make sure janitorial staff come in
for the place to be in pristine order
for the next day, every day.
I love my job. As somebody who
has a certificate in events man-
agement, it s like having an event
every day. Events start at the top
and I finish it at the bottom.
The best part of the job is com-
ing to work in the morning and everything is in
place, you have no hiccups, everybody is satisfied.
The bad part of the job is, sometimes, I don t get
things on time. Or if things get damaged.
The training centre is in an old American base
schoolhouse. My office is the old principal s office
and they never moved the label above my door. But
I am not the principal! I am just the co-ordinator.
I come to work for 6 am. I see the sea, the breeze
is nice, I don t get traffic. I m able to walk on the
garden and pray, hear the birds chirp, stuff like that.
I like it the scenery and peace a lot.
A Trini is one of the only people I know who
have curfew and storm watch parties.
When I go away and am coming home on the
plane and hear, "Ladies and gentlemen, we are
approaching Piarco International Airport," I feel a
sense of joy and pride.
Read a longer version of this feature at
TRINI TO D BONE
As Told to BC Pires
Donna Rodriguez at work.
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