By RON FANFAIR
Committed volunteers who have served the Trinidad & Tobago Fifty Plus & Seniors Association of Canada with distinction over the years were recognized for their contributions at the annual Christmas dinner and dance last Saturday night in Scarborough.
Nazeema Sobratee-Khan, Rosalind O’Connor, Aldwyn Charles and Diane Greaves, who was unable to attend the event because she’s in T & T, were honoured for their significant volunteer efforts.
Member of Provincial Parliament Bas Balkissoon paid tribute to the awardees, saying that he looks forward to joining the organization every year for the celebration.
He also paid tribute to founder Rasheed Sultan-Khan for his vision in establishing the organization.
“That seed you planted 15 years ago has borne ripe fruit,” Balkissoon told him. “The organization is growing and attracting new members. Obviously, they see something positive in what you are doing and they want to be part of it.”
Despite its name, Balkissoon said he would like to see more young people join the organization.
‘It’s important that young people find the time to participate in organizations,” he added. “They are part of the society and we are interested in what they have to say. In fact, I am willing to be a mentor.”
T & T Consul General Michael Lashley also encouraged young people to align themselves with the group.
“We have to find a way to get our children and grandchildren involved in all aspects of the Fifty Plus club,” he said. “That is the only way we can guarantee the future. We cannot allow our culture to pass away with us.”
publisher Arnold Auguste and raconteur and Order of Canada recipient Rita Cox attended the celebration.