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New Board to be installed at Barataria Regional Complex

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Minister of Community Development, the Honourable Nizam Baksh, will formally install the Board of the Barataria Regional Complex in a short ceremony at the Ministry’s Head Office on Jerningham Avenue, Belmont on Monday December 12, 2011 at 3:00 pm.

The eight-member Board including a Chairman and Vice Chairman will serve for a period of two years. The full Board is:

• Dr Ancil Morris – Chairman

• Vijay Mahabir – Vice Chairman

• Zorida Balchan – Member

• Glenda Boodram – Member

• Roger Thompson – Member

• Ved Maharj – Member

• Safraz Ali – Member

• Rennie Mohan – Member

The Barataria Regional Complex is one of 17 Regional Complexes belonging to the Ministry of Community Development.

Caption: Minister Baksh as he spoke during the installation of the Board of the St Augustine Regional Complex earlier this year.
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St Patrick to mark International Volunteer Day

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In commemoration of World Volunteer Day, which was officially observed on Monday December 5, 2011, the Ministry of Community Development’s Administrative District of St Patrick will embark on two special projects within the County, whereby staff will volunteer their services to children and the elderly.

The events will entail staff visiting the Ferdeans Children’s Home in Point Fortin this Sunday December 11, 2011 and the Siparia Senior Citizens Home on Sunday December 18, 2011. They will provide recreational, restoration and grooming services to the occupants of both homes voluntarily.

“Volunteerism is at the heart and core of what we do and who we are,” said Community Development Minister Nizam Baksh. The Minister officially launched the Ministry’s Staff Volunteer Programme of Activities on Monday December 5, 2011 at the Child Welfare League, Steven's Clinic Building, Belmont Circular Road, Belmont.

On Saturday December 3, 2011 staff of the Ministry volunteered to clean, repaint and beautify parts of the building and surrounding areas of the NGO which houses 70 children from ages 3 months to 5 years old.

”Our volunteer efforts will continue in 2012 and I call on all citizens to take some voluntary action, and help those in need,” Minister Baksh said.

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Victoria West marks International Year of Persons of African Descent

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The Victoria West Administrative District of the Ministry of Community Development will celebrate “International Year of Persons of African Descent” on Friday December 9, 2011at the Bandstand, Harris Promenade, San Fernando from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm.

The theme of the programme is “Celebrating Our Achievements, Building Our Future” and its objective is to appreciate and celebrate African heritage and culture during this International Year of Persons of African Descent. The event will also highlight persons of African descent who have made significant contributions in our country in various categories.

The day’s activities will commence with an exhibition highlighting African clothing, hairstyles, drums, literature, woodcraft and food between the hours of 11:00 am and 4:00 pm. A lecture will then be presented by well-renowned speaker David Muhammad, to be followed by a cultural show to close the programme.

Caption: A group of young drummers perform during the launch of The Prime Minister’s Best Village Trophy Competition’s “Traditions of Carnival” at Siparia in February 2011.

CREDITS: Information sourced from release issued by the Victoria West District Office
Photo courtesy Darryl Pereira
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New Home for La Brea Seniors

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Modern facility to serve as model for homes across the country

“The Helena Charles Home for the Aged will be a model for all other Senior Homes as it conforms to Government’s standards and regulations.” These were the words of Margaret Farray, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Community Development at the formal opening at Pier Road, La Brea home on Wednesday December 7, 2011.

Construction for the new facility began as a community project by the National Gas Company (NGC) and was assisted by the Ministry of the People and Social Development which donated $2.3 million toward construction and furnishing. The Ministry of Community Development played a major role in the final stages as Division of Ageing staff worked to ensure the home was built to modern specifications.

PS Farray also took the opportunity to sensitise attendees about the Homes for Older Persons Act 2007. “The Act will not only guarantee a high standard of care and maintenance, but will also guard against physical and emotional abuse to our senior citizens. This home has been built in strict adherence to the Act.”

The mid-morning ceremony ended with a tour of the facilities for Community Development and NGC officials. The Home, which can accommodate twenty-eight persons, includes a living room, dining room, computer room and is fully accessible to the differently abled.
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Adult Education Program 2012 to commence January 9

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The Ministry of Community Development’s Adult Education Program 2012 will commence on January 9. Persons wishing to gain entry into the program are invited to register at their nearest Community Development Administrative District Office. Offices are located at: Sangre Grande, Tunapuna, Port of Spain, Rio Claro, Chaguanas, San Fernando, Princes Town and Siparia.

Registration closes on Friday January 6th 2012 and all classes commence on the week of Monday January 9th 2012.

The Adult Education Programme, formerly under the Ministry of Education, now forms part of the portfolio of the Ministry of Community Development.

Some of the courses being offered include:

• Events Management
• Traditional African Garments
• Tiling
• Upholstery
• Cake Making and Decorating
• Interior Decorating and
• Small Appliance Repairs

Caption: Graduates of the Traditional African Garments class show off their creations at a fashion show during their graduation held at the Rio Claro High School on August 16, 2011.

CREDITS: Information sourced from the Community Development Division
Photo courtesy the Ministry's Communications Unit