MCDCA hails Selfless Service of Staff and Volunteers at CARIFESTA XIV

28 September 2019

CARIFESTA XIV has been hailed by the region as one of, if not the most successful edition of the festival held since inception.

The Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts would like to thank the Host Country Management Committee, the CARIFESTA Secretariat, and all members of staff of the Ministry who went above and beyond the call of duty to deliver this festival with excellence.

We were also fortunate enough to have over 300 volunteers who offered their services freely, operating at different levels before and during the event, contributing greatly to its success and efficient implementation. Without their critical input, CARIFESTA XIV would not have been the success that it was. All told, each of these volunteers would have given, on average, over 100 hours of unpaid service to their country in the period leading up to and throughout CARIFESTA XIV; at the airport, in the Grand Market, at performing spaces, at Community festivals, creative zones, assisting with protocol arrangements- no area was left untouched.

With the selfless and patriotic service of staff and volunteers in mind, numbering well over 500 persons, the Ministry held an appreciation event at NAPA on Thursday, 26th September 2019, where certificates of commendation were distributed to staff and volunteers, and thanks were proffered to those who so selflessly gave of their time to make Trinidad and Tobago proud.

We were happy to have our CARIFESTA XIV brand ambassadors, Neval and Nishard, as well as Nailah Blackman, volunteer their time to provide live entertainment and toast these patriots, many of whom were young persons that simply wanted to be a part of making CARIFESTA XIV the best it could be. The certificates were well received, as a badge of honour for service rendered. We hold up the volunteerism of these patriots, including our staff, as one of the best examples of selfless service which, if emulated, will redound to the benefit of this nation we all hold dear.