Dr the Honourable Nyan Gadsby-Dolly – Minister of Community Development, Culture and the Arts (Left), presents Basdeo and Patsy Padarath with an award for Social Responsibility at the formal opening of the Samaroo Village Community Centre Opening on Wednesday 11th May, 2016. Mr. and Mrs Padarath are fondly described “parents of the village” for their contribution to families in the community.
The formal opening of the Samaroo Village Community Centre was the occasion for twelve (12) outstanding Community Developers to be honoured.
The formal opening ceremony by the Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts took place at the new community centre at Mendez Extension, Samaroo Village, Arima on Wednesday 11th May, 2016.
In her keynote address, Dr the Honourable Nyan Gadsby-Dolly, Minister of Community Development, Culture praised the vibrant community, “Samaroo Village has a rich history and has become distinguished for its achievement in sporting, cultural and religious activities. I must pause to recognise the community stalwarts who have helped to build this community into what it is today.”
She continued by saying, “I have placed special emphasis on the Community Centre Construction and Refurbishment Programme and the Samaroo Village Community Centre is the ninth (9th) centre we have commissioned in eight months. My Ministry looks forward to partnering with Samaroo Village, I know we can enrich lives, develop community and contribute positively to our nation.”
The secretary of the Samaroo Village Community Council, Mrs Crystal Bowland-Braithwaite echoed the Minister’s sentiment for community change saying that the new Community Centre was “a well-awaited gift that would serve as a catalyst for change.”
Also speaking at the activity were the Hon. Brigadier General Ancil Antoine (Ret.) - Member of Parliament for D’Abadie/O’Meara; Alderman George Hadeed - Mayor of Arima and Alderman Edwin Gooding – Chairman of the Tunapuna/Piarco Regional Corporation.
The ceremony was punctuated by performances that included a steel pan rendition by Shenese Edwards, an East Indian Dance by the Samaroo Village Youths and a saxophone solo by Shelford James.
The Community Awardees were: Sherry Ann Cochrane – Peace Keeping; Basdeo and Patsy Padarath – Social Responsibility; Gemma “Funky Gemma” Richards – Music and Education; Dorian Porter – Parent Education and Child Development; Earl “Shnider” Williams – Youth Development; Gertude “Zilla” Shade – Youth Development; Sebastian Smith (Posthumous) – Community Development; Hubert Fullerton – Handicraft; Margaret Yvonne (Posthumous) and Sandra Ealie – Child Development; Samaroo Village Youths - Culture/Performing Arts; Winston “Kell” London – Sport and Millicent “Teacher” Pradin (Posthumous) – Education.
Dr the Honourable Nyan Gadsby-Dolly – Minister of Community Development, Culture and the Arts (MCDCA) (Centre), cuts the ribbon at the newly commissioned Samaroo Village Community Centre.
Standing with her are (L-R) Mrs Angela Edwards – Permanent Secretary, MCDCA; Mrs Patricia Boyce-Diaz – Deputy Permanent Secretary, MCDCA; Alderman Edwin Gooding – Chairman of the Tunapuna/Piarco Regional Corporation; were the Hon. Brigadier General Ancil Antoine (Ret.) - Member of Parliament for D’Abadie/O’Meara and Ms Susan Corbett – Director, Community Development Division.
Mr. Shelford James, Saxophonist performs at the opening of the Samaroo Village Community Centre