Dr the Honourable Nyan Gadsby-Dolly – Minister of Community Development, Culture and the Arts (2nd from Left), cuts the ribbon to the L’Anse Noir Community Centre on Wednesday 23rd March, 2016. Also standing with her are (L-R) Glenda Jennings-Smith-Member of Parliament for Toco/Sangre Grande; Mrs Vidiah Ramkhelawan-Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts and Terry Rondon-Chairman, Sangre Grande Regional Corporation.
“I’d like to thank the Minister of Community Development, Culture and the Arts for recognising the community of L’Anse Noir, and giving us a community centre as any other in Trinidad: first class.”
Mrs Glenda Jennings-Smith, Member of Parliament, Toco/Sangre Grande was speaking at Formal Opening Ceremony for the L’Anse Noir Community Centre, Paria Main Road on Wednesday 23rd March, 2016. Mrs Jennings-Smith was high in praise of Dr. the Honourable Nyan Gadsby-Dolly, Minister of Community Development, Culture. The L’Anse Noir Community Centre is the seventh one opened by the minister since she assumed office in since September 2015.
“On its own, this is simply a beautiful building in your community; but if the community is truly committed to self-development, then this investment would have been well spent,” encouraged Minister Gadsby-Dolly in her keynote address. She emphasised, “The path towards a better nation is not a journey that the Government can take on its own. Every citizen must act in the interest of country if we want to regain those elements that will make Trinidad and Tobago a thriving paradise again.”
The sentiments of community involvement were echoed by Dixie Ann Thomas - Secretary of the L’Anse Noir Village Council who encouraged residents in attendance, “Become part of this new force for change through our Village Council. We need to pass on the spirit of service in our community.”
The Community Centre Opening also included the presentation of awards to outstanding members of the L’Anse Noire Community and addresses by Mrs Vidiah Ramkhelawan - Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts and Mr. Terry Rondon - Chairman of the Sangre Grande Regional Corporation.
The Community Centre Construction and Refurbishment Programme is one of the priorities of the Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts. Since September 2015, community centres have been commissioned at Bamboo #3; Gasparillo, Santa Cruz; North Manzanilla, Beetham Gardens, Barataria and Palo Seco.
Front View of the L’Anse Noir Community Centre at Paria Main Road, L’Anse Noir