OTTAWA: Five Trinidad & Tobago nationals living in Canada have been honoured for their contributions to Canadian society.
At the recent Trinidad & Tobago High Commission’s Republic Day Reception in Ottawa, the nationals were awarded “The Distinguished National of Trinidad and Tobago Canada Award”, which honours those who have made significant contributions to their communities in the fields of education, politics, medicine, arts and sports in Canada.
The recipients of the award are Dawn Gayle Eudova Addison, the Principal of Morning Star Middle School in Mississauga; Richard Rawle Aziz, cultural ambassador and radio host; Dr. Gyaandeo Seusaran Maharajh, Chief of Cardiovascular Surgery for the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario; Dr. Deo Poonwassie, Professor Emeritus, University of Manitoba, and Justice Selwyn Reginald Romilly, Superior Court Judge.
The award recipients will be among several nationals featured in a book published by the High Commission titled Together we Aspire, Together we Achieve: Trinidad and Tobago in Canada 1962 to 2012.
Over 50 nationals who will be included in the book were present at the reception.
Trinidad & Tobago High Commissioner to Canada, Philip Buxo, told the nationals they are the true ambassadors of the twin-island republic.
“You know who you are and now others know where you are in the Canadian landscape,” he said. “I entrust you to connect with each other and together you must aspire to inspire the next generation to achieve excellence in Canada.”
During the reception, Buxo also addressed the relationship between Canada and Trinidad & Tobago. The two nations established diplomatic relations in 1962. Canada is one of the first countries to recognize Trinidad & Tobago as an independent state.
“Canada and Trinidad & Tobago share many similarities,” said Buxo. “We are both viewed as multicultural nations that honour all cultures. Our people have worked together to build peaceful, prosperous and respected nations.”