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"When God cyah come he does
send a man." That is a saying to
which most Trinidadians are accus-
However in the case of Darian Ace
Ramesar, one of his biggest positive
influences did not take human form,
but came in the form of a canine.
Ramesar, 19, of Waterloo Road,
Carapichaima, works at the Youth
Training and Employment Partnership
Programme (Ytepp) as a fish techni-
cian and is very focused about his
He is also presently pursuing an
associate degree in water management
and water technology.
Ramesar insists that the key to suc-
cess is to be disciplined and hard
One factor that has played an
instrumental role in his own personal
successes is his involvement in the
Independent Kennel Club (IKC) and
its work with dogs.
Established in 2012, the IKC, was
formed to encourage people to be
more friendly to canines and also to
create a positive environment for
young people where they could feel
Speaking at one of the club s train-
ing sessions held at the Ste Madeleine
secondary school recently, Ramesar,
who has been a part of the organi-
sation for almost a year, said that the
benefits of the club are numerous.
The teen, who is the owner of a
doberman and three pit bulls, trains
his dogs to compete in various dog
shows and continued that he uses the
events to help him in the other aspects
of his life.
"I use the (dog) shows for discipline
because there is a strict dress code in
"I have to be obedient and disci-
plined and this could be incorporated
in my everyday life."
He explained that joining the club
and working with dogs can help to
encourage more youths to do some-
thing constructive instead of being
idle and on the streets.
"The kennel club has helped me
with my focus and in school.
"I look forward to coming here and
working with my dog. This is a stress
reliever and it helps me relax," he said,
adding that it was also an effective
way to help deal with social issues by
interacting with people.
"If I were to give any advice to my
peers, I would tell them to get involved
in something that will impact on them
positively instead of doing something
that they would regret."
IKC secretary Keisha Fourniller-
Subhaw, shared Ramesar s sentiments,
saying that working with dogs would
help teach young people the value of
Fourniller-Subhaw, who is also the
IKC junior co-ordinator, said one of
the club s aims is to target delinquent
youths and encourage them to par-
ticipate in "dog sports."
"We hope that they would see it
as an alternative or a deterrent to a
life of crime," she said.
to the dogs
Early booking is a must for the NGC Children s
Bocas Lit Fest Storytelling Caravan which rolls
into Mayaro on April 5, at the BP Mayaro
Recreation Centre from 9.30 am to 12 pm.
Star storyteller will be the popular Auntie
Thea, the Mystic storyteller, who has been
delighting audience of all ages for many
years with her ancestral stories.
A release from the organisers
said this magical storytelling
event for children, ages six to
13, includes a series of exer-
cises and activities during
which the children will weave
their own story, titled One-
legged George and His Dog,
based on the famous ferryman
George who transported people
across the Ortoire River during the
The story will later appear in book form
together with other stories told by children during
the caravan. Two brand-new colouring books of
abridged stories from 2012 and 2013 will be
handed out to all children taking part in this
year s caravan.
Stories from the 2013 Caravan are cur-
rently appearing weekly in the Sunday
The intention of the storytelling events
is to help foster a love for and interest in
reading, writing and
books, so that the chil-
dren strengthen their
Children are motivated
to become people who take
pleasure in self-expression
through the written word and for
whom books lose the sole association with formal
NGC Bocas Lit Fest Storytelling Caravan is trav-
elling throughout the country until April 24 when
it arrives at its home base, Nalis, Port-of-Spain
as part of the 2014 NGC Children s Bocas Lit Fest
which takes place from April 24--27.
The National Gas Company of T&T is the new
sponsor of the NGC Children s Bocas Lit Fest. The
Bermudez group is sponsor of surprise treats and
the Nestle Company is the drinks sponsor.
Mayaro stop in Children's
• To register call 222 7099 or
e-mail: storytelling@bocaslit fest.com
For festival information go to
The Bocas Lit
Darian Ramesar poses with his doberman Duke at one of the recent
Independent Kennel Club training sessions. PHOTO: CORI BAYNES
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