AFETT's 2016 Annual General Meeting
The Power of Partnership
AFETTs Annual General Meeting was held on August 21st at the bpTT Box at the Queen’s Park Oval. The event was chaired by outgoing Board Secretary, Ms. Marlene Charles, who welcomed members to the meeting and acknowledged all outgoing Board members seated at the head table. Minutes of last year’s meeting were read and confirmed by Ms. Naseema Ali, President 2014/2015 term.
Outgoing President, Ms. Cavelle Joseph, presented the President’s Report and thanked each Director for their contribution over the very hectic year of events. Cavelle reviewed all the highlights of each committee noting - with pictures, all the many achievements.
Fundraising, led by Mrs. Candice Gray-Bernard, completed Suit Me Up 2015, which was the largest event to date with clothing donations and funds raised. A first for this organisation was the Christmas Marketplace, which afforded small businesses the opportunity to sell and promote their products. IWD 2016 was also successful with 12 schools sponsored by different organisations. However, this year there was no main sponsor for the event, which proved challenging. The Mother’s Day Brunch was held at Cascadia Hotel and it was acknowledged that the incoming President, Tricia Leid, had big plans to improve the event for next year.
Social Outreach, led by Mrs. Charlene Pedro, completed three mentorship sessions: St. Dominic’s Home, Oropune Police Youth Club and Santa Cruz Community Development in association with the Ministry of Community Development. A new alliance was formed with Digicel Foundation the sole sponsor of the successfully concluded Six Steps for Success. However there were challenges noted with placing girls for the internship for the final step of the programme. This is ongoing and intentions are to place at least 10 girls.
Membership, led by Ms. Caron Greaves, saw an increase to 80 financial members this term. In addition, members were pinned with new pins at every meeting. The AFETT registry was launched in June with members having free access to link their business profile on the website. Caron also announced the launch of the membership card and welcomed new services, such as Termite Attack and Neat and Tidy Cleaning services.
Communication, led by Ms. Colleen Cameron, saw a heightened level of social media presence on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Our website was updated daily which led to engaging members and increased membership. Increased media coverage was noted for monthly membership meetings, as well as our Social Outreach initiatives.
Research and Public Advocacy, led by Ms. Glenda Joseph, was pleased to host Spelman College with 25 girls for half day mentor sessions with the United Nations, RBC Royal Bank, Ms. Bra-fit, the Ministry of Justice, NIPDEC and COSTAATT. A representative from COSTATT also spoke at the luncheon which was held at Cascadia Hotel. This year AFETT boldly commented on the Chris Gayle incident and comments made by Mayor Tim Kee both written by incoming RPA Director Ms. Donna Thomas. Charlene Pedro and Cavelle also spoke on Morning Edition about our stance on domestic violence. RPA was pleased to present two bursary cheques to UWI this year, and Glenda ensured the policy document to sustain this programme was written before she demitted office.
The Finance Director, Ms. Sonia Scarce (who will carry a two year term), read the financial report. Our audited reports were completed by Hyacinth Simms and Co.Chartered Accountant.
The members of the incoming board were welcomed, and they took their places at the head table.
Installation of 2016-2017 Board:
Incoming President, Ms. Tricia Leid thanked all the Board members who made a contribution to the previous year. She indicated that she had acquired vast knowledge from serving on the board over this past year, particularly due to the many events that were successfully concluded. Cavelle Joseph was specially thanked for her professionalism and guidance. Tricia indicated that it was important to maintain a level of sustainability with the programmes and that AFETT needs to be more consistent. The new board had already begun their strategic planning and this will be launched at the next membership meeting on August 18th.
The 2016 AGM's Guest Speaker was Ms. Radha Permanand, CEO of TTSCI.
Ms. Permanand comes with a wealth of knowledge and expertise in the legal field locally, regionally and internationally. Her practice areas include Trade and Commerce, Oil and Gas, Maritime, Public Law, Caribbean Immigration and Litigation to name a few. Click here to view Ms. Permanand's Bio.
Speech - Featured Speaker Radha Permanand
CEO - Trinidad and Tobago Coalition of Services Industries
The concept of partnership is resident in so many words and names, for example the first word in your acronym is ASSOCIATION, an association is a synonym for partnership. The “C” in TTCSI stands for COALITION which is also a synonym. Whether we realize it or not, it is so integral in all that we do but may sometimes be taken for granted.
Helen Keller told us alone we could so little but together; but together we can do so much.