Association News - December 2017 Update
The St. Vincent and Grenadines Association of Toronto began operating on December 1, 1968 and therefore will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2018. A committee has been put together to make plans for the celebrations. If you have any ideas of what you feel the Association can include please contact any member of the board of directors or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
SVGAT Scholarship Program
The St. Vincent and Grenadines Association of Toronto Inc. will present two bursaries of $1,000.00 each for the 2018-2019 Scholarship Program for students of SVG heritage. Applications are due by August 31, 2018. Please check on the Website front page under "Scholarships/Grants" for further information including the application form.
CCAC Scholarship Program
Students who are of Caribbean descent and attending college or university in Canada also have the opportunity to apply for bursaries provided by the Council of Caribbean Associations – Canada. Information about this program is also found on the home page under "Scholarships/Grants". Applications are due by August 31, 2018.
The St. Vincent and Grenadines Association of Toronto inaugurated the Adopt- A-Child Program in 2008 by sponsoring one student each from the Spring Village Methodist School and the Evesham Government School. In 2013 another two children, one each from the Tourama/Overland Government School and Fairhall Government School became the second set. The purpose of the program is to provide financial relief to the students to assist them through their years at primary school as it is felt that a number of students fall through the cracks and do not perform well at this age if they do not get the assistance with food, clothing and books.
Each student is sponsored for five (5) years at Cdn$50.00/month or $3,000.00 in total. A local committee including the principal of the school along with two community personnel oversee the distribution of the funds to the student and monitor the welfare of the student to see that he or she attends school and performs adequately.
On November 15, Gideon Exeter, President and Ewan Odel Lewis, a retired Board Member of the SVGAT visited both students at their respective schools in Fairhall and Overland to make the presentation of funds for the final school year.
Student Fredique John and Odel Ewan Lewis
Fredique’s mother - Ms. John, Fredique, Odel Lewis, Gideon Exeter, Principal Mrs. Morgan-Peters
According to reports received from both schools the students are doing extremely well and the principals credit the financial assistance that they are receiving for their performance.
Gideon Exeter, Principal Moses Stay, Odel Lewis, Sehrrian, her mother and sister
The Association is hopeful that it will be possible to sponsor other children for the next five (5) years starting from the 2018/2019 school year. If you would like to help in sponsoring a child either for the whole amount or a partial amount, please contact any member of the board.
School For Children With Special Needs
In August 2017 the SVGAT coordinated its third annual Toronto Harbour Boat Cruise in conjunction with the Toronto SVG Support Group and it was determined that a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the School for Children with Special Needs in Kingstown. On November 10 E. Bernard John and Gideon Exeter representing the two organizations visited the school and presented a cheque in the amount of Cdn$2,400.00. The school and students expressed their gratitude for the contribution and wondered if the groups could help them organize a similar fundraiser in SVG.
L – R: Nichole Exeter, Gideon Exeter, students of the school in yellow shirts, Mrs. Samuel of the SFCWSN, E.B. John
2017 Independence Anniversary Celebrations
The Association in conjunction with the Consulate General in Toronto coordinated a series of events to commemorate the anniversary of St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ 38th anniversary of independence. The events included a Thanksgiving Church Service on October 22, a Flag-raising ceremony at Toronto’s City Hall on October 26 and a dinner-dance October 28. The board of directors of the Association along with Consul General Fitz Huggins herewith express thanks to the many members of the community who supported these events. During the dinner dance on October 28 the Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines along with the Association paid tribute to the late Dr. Alban Liverpool, a Vincentian national and the first chairman of Toronto’s Caribbean Festival known as Caribana by presenting a recognition plaque to members of his family. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of that festival. The SVGAT conferred the designation of Honorary Life Member on Mr. Glendon Carmichael, a long standing member and former president for his contribution to the Association and the Toronto community.
Children’s Christmas Party
The annual Children’s Christmas Party organized by the Association for children under 12 years of age will be held on Sunday, November 17 at the Grandravine Community Centre, 23 Grandravine Drive, North York (Grandravine runs off Keele Street just north of Sheppard).
Christmas Hamper Project
The annual program to provide several families with some assistance over the Christmas holidays will continue this year. This program began in the mid 1980s and provides food stuff, Caribbean Christmas Cake and a small amount of cash for the family/individuals to purchase fresh food or milk. The hampers are delivered to the selected individuals by members of the organizing committee.
New Meeting Place Reminder
Please be advised that all general meetings for the St. Vincent and Grenadines Association of Toronto are now being held at St. Cyprian’s Anglican Church, 1080 Finch Avenue East at Leslie.
Annual General Meeting
The annual general meeting of the Association will be held on Sunday, January 28, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. at St. Cyprian’s Anglican Church, 1080 Finch Avenue East, Toronto. At the meeting, the financial report as well as reports for activities and events held during 2017 will be presented and discussed. Also, the membership will have the opportunity to elect a new president and fill vacancies on the board of directors for those directors whose terms have ended.
Make a contribution to the Association
You can donate to any of the following: the Adopt-a-child Program, the Scholarship Fund, the Children's Christmas Party, and the Christmas Hamper to those less fortunate and/or to General Operating Funds by contacting any member of the Executive, or Committee Chairs.
Your donation can be made by cheque or money order payable to: The St. Vincent and Grenadines Association of Toronto Inc. P.O. Box 392, Station F, Toronto, Ontario, M4Y 2L8.