Tuesday 13 November, 2018

PM extends condolences on passing of Carib Queen

Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley has extended condolences to the family of Carib Queen Jennifer Cassar and the Santa Rosa First Peoples Community on her passing.

In a statement on Friday, the Prime Minister said Cassar worked tirelessly to sensitise the country to the role and contributions of the First Peoples Community and continuously strived to preserve and revitalise Amerindian history and traditions.

Rowley also noted that the Carib Queen was one of the key advocates who lobbied Government to honour a long-standing call for a one-off holiday to formally recognise her Community’s presence and contribution to Trinidad and Tobago.

He added that the Government granted the request and the holiday was celebrated in October 2017 with Cassar leading a procession through the streets of Arima.

Rowley said Cassar’s life was a true depiction of dedication and devotion to her Community and service to the people of Trinidad and Tobago.

She was a member of the Cabinet-Appointed Amerindian Project Committee from 2007 and also a member of the Regional Carnival Committee of the National Carnival Commission with responsibility for coordinating National Stick Fighting Competitions.

The Carib Queen joined the Public Service of Trinidad and Tobago in 1971 and served the country for over forty years. She worked in several Ministries including Education, Community Development, Culture, Sports, Health and the Judiciary.


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