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Community Development Ministry showcased at Health Fair



The range of programmes and services offered by the Ministry of Community Development were showcased at the annual Health and Career Fair hosted by the San Juan Regional Corporation today, Tuesday November 1, 2011on the Promenade at the Croisee in San Juan.

Visitors were provided with information on the all of the Ministry’s major programmes and services including the Divisions of Ageing and Community Mediation, which were recently added to the Ministry’s portfolio.

There were free blood pressure, sugar and cholesterol tests conducted by medical officials from HealthNet and the Trinidad and Tobago Red Cross, along with information on colon detoxification. There was also a booth presented by PAVI, Persons Associated with Visual Impairment.


Caption: Staff members of the Geriatric Adolescent Partnership Programme, GAPP prepare information to provide to visitors during the health and career fair.


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CREDITS: Information and photo courtesy the Ministry of Community Development

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Minister Baksh's address at St George East Branch Assoc Annual Convention



The following is the address (verbatim) delivered by the Honourable Nizam Baksh, Minister of Community Development at the 45th Annual Convention of the St George East Branch Association of Village and Community Councils held on Saturday October 29, 2011 at the St Joseph Community Centre, Market Street, St Joseph.

All protocols observed.

Let me first congratulate the new executive installed about two weeks ago. Four months ago, I had the pleasure of attending the St George East Branch Association’s Social Investment Fair at the Centre of Excellence. At that event I got first hand information about the varied range of programmes the association was undertaking.

I also got my first taste of pumpkin ice-cream courtesy a group from Blanchisuesse. In addition to the pleasant taste it left in my mouth, it also left me with the distinct feeling that this Blanchisuesse group has been able to harness the resources available to it, and even more, gain revenue for those involved. I would like to have discussions to see how far they are at the moment and see how far we can take them. I want to see their ice cream in supermarkets next to more popular local brands of ice cream.

Congratulations to the Association

I am happy to be at yet another event hosted by this Association. Let me take a moment to offer my congratulations to the St. George East Branch Association. I want to congratulate for being the most active Branch Council in Trinidad and Tobago. I daresay the National Association of Village and Community Councils can take a page out of your book. You have continued to undertake innovative programmes of activities that are designed to improve the quality of life of your members. Congratulations once again to the Executive and dedicated members of the St. George East Branch Association.
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Minister Baksh to attend annual convention in St. George East



Minister of Community Development, the Honourable Nizam Baksh is scheduled to attend the 45th Annual Convention of the St. George East Branch Association of Village and Community Councils at the St. Joseph Community Centre, Market Square, St. Joseph on Saturday October 29, 2011 at 1:00 pm.

He will deliver the feature address at the convention being hosted under the theme “Developing Spaces of Social and Economic Change.” The agenda is as follows:

• Report of proceeding of the 44th Annual Convention
• Tabling of Resolutions
• Installation of Executive Officers 2011-2012
• Social Investment and the Way Forward

The convention will also focus on the St. George East Division’s plan of community development for the next year and how the St. George East Branch Association of Village and Community Councils can assist the Division in fulfilling its mandate.


Caption: Minister Baksh (centre), along with Ms. Monica Ferguson, President of the St George East Branch Association of Village and Community Councils (left) and Mr. Sterling Belgrove, Chairman of the Rose Foundation and National Representative, WANGO (right) at the inaugural Social and Investment Fair hosted by the Association on June 15, 2011at the Centre of Excellence in Macoya.


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CREDITS: Information sourced from the St. George East Branch Association of Village and Community Councils
Photo courtesy the Ministry's Communications Unit
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Minister Baksh hails celebration and growth of Divali



The following is the address (verbatim) delivered by the Honourable Nizam Baksh, Minister of Community Development at the Ministry's Divali function held at NAPA on Friday October 21, 2011.

All protocols observed

Shubh Divali! May the joy of this divine festival surround you today and for the rest of the year. This Divali celebration marks the third staff celebration in as many months, and I am happy to share this occasion with you. Over the past three months, the Community Development family has celebrated Emancipation, Eid-ul-Fitr and today we celebrate the Festival of Lights – Divali.

Celebration and Growth of Divali
When Divali was first declared as a holiday in 1966, Hindus in Trinidad and Tobago joined with Hindus all over the world to celebrate the triumph of light over darkness through the lighting of deyas. But even before the public holiday was granted, the festival was cherished and maintained by indentured labourers who settled in Trinidad more than a hundred years before. Hindu customs and traditions were carefully preserved to contribute to the beautiful festival we celebrate today.
Since its official recognition, this holiday has grown within the Hindu community and has flourished to include Hindus and non-Hindus alike. People of every race and religious persuasion engage in this festival, through the lighting of deyas, dressing in traditional Indian wear and looking forward to the sweets of the season. I am glad that we have taken this occasion to celebrate this holiday with the staff at the Ministry.
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Community Development represented at Inter-American drug control workshop

The Ministry of Community Development was represented at the formal launch of the Inter American Drug Abuse Control Commission Workshop on Tuesday October 18, 2011 at the La Boucan Room, Hilton Trinidad and Conference Centre, Lady Young Road, Port of Spain. Acting Permanent Secretary, Ms Donna Ferraz attended the opening ceremony on behalf of the Ministry, which now has under its purview, the National Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Programme, NADAPP.

The four-day workshop hosted by the Judiciary in collaboration with the Ministries of Justice and National Security and the Inter American Drug Abuse Control Commission, is seen as the first major step towards establishing drug treatment courts in Trinidad and Tobago.
Its main objective is to prepare all major stakeholders for the development of a drug treatment court project in Trinidad and Tobago in 2012. The workshop runs until Friday October 21, 2011.