D’Abadie Set to Renew Community Spirit with New Centre
November 29, 2016:
There was a festive mood at Recreation Ground Road, D’Abadie as the eastern community received its Community Centre. The afternoon’s proceeding began with sounds of the season by a community-based parang group on Thursday 24th November, 2016.
Before commissioning the new community centre, Dr. the Honourable Nyan Gadsby-Dolly, Minister of Community Development, Culture and the Arts said, “For decades, D’abadie has demonstrated its emphasis on education, communal ties, cultural identity and awareness and involvement in sports and other activities. Today, as we celebrate the re-dedication of your community centre following its refurbishment, we look forward to greater accomplishments from you.”
Scores of persons packed into the Auditorium for the official ceremony which included an in-depth community report by Ms Gail Austin-Pinder, Treasure of the D’abadie Community Council. Ms Monica Ferguson brought greetings on behalf of the St George East Branch Association of Village and Community Councils. Brigadier General (Ret.) the Honourable Ancil Antoine, Member of Parliament – D’abadie/O’Meara urged persons to show a sense of community spirit. “The village is no longer responsible for raising the children and I want to challenge the D’abadie Village Council to promote this. We are losing our interpersonal skills. Let us develop strong bonds for the future.”
Cherie-Ann Chrichlow-Cockburn, Member of Parliament Lopinot/Bon Air West recalled her days of being involved in the Five Rivers Community Council, “Make use of this centre. Use it as a meeting place, let the young talent unfold here and let us get back to the days of being our brother’s keeper.”
Minister Gadsby-Dolly informed those in attendance, “This centre is equipped with an auditorium with a teak stage, a teaching kitchen, an administrative office, a gym, a computer room and an advanced sound and lighting system. On this very stage, performances will take place to bring cultural awareness and pride to D’abadie. The auditorium will house events and other celebrations. Sporting clubs, youth organisations, women’s groups, men’s groups and senior citizens will all have a setting for interaction and growth.”
The afternoon’s proceedings ended with four outstanding Community Developers being honoured.
Mr. Conrad Steele, President of the D’Abadie Community Council unveiled a plaque to officially commission the Auditorium as “The Cecil James Auditorium” after the D’Abadie-based primary school teacher, music teacher and sporting coach.
The D’abadie Community Centre is the second Community Centre opening this month. The St Helena (Matelot) Community Centre was opened on Tuesday 22nd November, 2016. Community Centres carded for opening include the Plum Mitan and St Helena (Caroni) Community Centre. The Community Centre Construction and Refurbishment Programme falls under the purview of the Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts and its objective is to provide modern community facilities throughout Trinidad.
Photo Caption: Officially Open: Dr. the Honourable Nyan Gadsby-Dolly, Minister of Community Development, Culture and the Arts (2nd from Right) unveiled the plaque outside the D’abadie Community Centre. Also present were (L-R) Brigadier General (Ret.) the Honourable Ancil Antoine, Member of Parliament D’Abadie/O’meara; Mr. Conrad Steele, President, D’abadie Community Council; Mrs Cherrie-Ann Chrichlow-Cockburn, Member of Parliament Lopinot/Bon Air (partially hidden) and Mrs Angela Edwards, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Community Development Culture and the Arts.
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Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts
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