Trinidad & Tobago nationals in the Greater Toronto Area who have made noteworthy contributions in the medical, literary, business, carnival arts, music, education and sports fields were recognized last Saturday night at the T & T 50th anniversary independence gala in Scarborough.
They included Mississauga-based family physician Dr. Rudy Hyles, who migrated in 1965 and graduated from Dalhousie University seven years later; Louis Saldenah, whose Mas K-Club has won the Band of the Year title 16 times; Trinidad & Tobago Business Council of Canada (TTBCC) president, Dr. Tim Singh, who is a Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board teacher and Consumer Computer Services president, Rawle Sidial.
Other honourees were author Rabindranath Maharaj whose novel, The Amazing Absorbing Boy, won last year’s Toronto Book Award; cultural artist and educator, Pat “Panman Pat” McNeilly who holds a Diploma in Education from Queen’s University and is a two-time Calypso Monarch and a Juno Award winner; musical director Lindy Burgess and soccer coach and administrator, Derick Salick.
Bursaries and essay writing prizes were also presented to several talented young people.
The proceeds from an Indian Arrival Day show last May and a golf tournament two months later went to the bursaries while the TTBCC and the T & T consulate collaborated on the essay writing competition.
Wilfrid Laurier University fourth-year student Christopher Harnarine, Richview Collegiate graduate Amrita Gadaghar, who is pursuing early childhood leadership studies at George Brown College, Amil Khemrajsingh and Ryerson University business and information technology student Sheena David were the bursary recipients.
The essay writing winners were 15-year-old Jeanine Siewnarine who is enrolled in Pine Ridge Secondary School, Danielle Pacos and University of Guelph first-year student Sasha David who aspires to be a pediatric dietitian.
“Growing up, I had trouble finding a stable diet and it’s for that reason I chose to get into this area of study,” she said.
The essay theme was “What Does Being a Trinidadian/Tobagonian-Canadian Mean to Me?”
By RON FANFAIR