President's Annual Report 2018/2019
I joined this distinguished organisation in 2008 and never thought that 10 years later I will have the privilege to be President. Mahatma Gandhi famously said that the best way to find oneself is to lose yourself in the service of others … this was not a journey of self-discovery, but one of selfless service for me.
As a Board, our strategic focus for the term was on ‘building with a legacy in mind’, and this saw us hosting some hallmark events over the past year. The two most outstanding were the Women in Leadership event at which we hosted Her Excellency Paula-Mae Weekes, the first female President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago; and our International Women’s Day Annual Women of Influence Awards and Mentorship Event when we had the distinguished presence of Mrs. Sharon Rowley, wife of the Honourable Prime Minister, Dr. Keith Rowley, who spoke to almost two hundred persons.
These were two of the sixteen (16) events/programmes hosted by the Association over the period.
Concurrently, we aggressively pursued both our advocacy and mentorship sessions. We had some forty (40) articles published via our weekly Ask AFETT Column in the Newsday newspaper. Coupled with our visible presence and active participation in key advocacy issues, notably the National Policy on Sexual Harassment and the Not-for-Profit Bill.
The year of service was also defined by increased visibility for the Association, mutually beneficial partnerships, and vigorous advocacy on the issues relevant to women and young girls.
We also mentored thirteen (13) young girls in the Lower Santa Cruz area through our REACH Mentorship Programme.
To those who were brave to join me on this journey of service, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
To all our members, sponsors, supporters and partners – here’s to another successful year.
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