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Gospel singer appointed youth ambassador

Monday, December 21 2009

POPULAR gospel artiste Winsie-Ann Cuffie, got her second youth ambassadorial appointment at a recent function, involving several Government Ministries, The National Aids Co-ordinating Committee and The Voice of One – Overcomers Club. The talented teen also represents the Environmental Management Authority as an Ambassador.

The event, which was held at Point Lisas, attracted a large number of families and young people, along with the various dignitaries and representatives of the participating Ministries. The Ministries of Social Development, Sport and Youth Affairs, Community Development, National Security, Health and Labour were all part of the function.

According to chief co-ordinator, Anderson Figaro, one of the major highlights of the programme (which was primarily held in observance of World AIDS Day) was “the honouring and ushering in of an outstanding youth role model as Youth Ambassador” to reinforce the message that it’s “intelligent, value-based choice, and not chance, which will secure purposeful destiny”.

The youth selected and “endowed with this sacred ambassadorial responsibility” is 18-year-old Sixth Form student Winsie-Ann Cuffie.

Officials at the event noted that Winsie-Ann was “a rather easy choice since she had clearly distinguished herself in a holistic fashion, as a quality role model, both locally and internationally. She is not only talented in the arts but also maintains a great academic standard with exemplary character and a host of contributions to youth development”.

The Youth Ambassador is required to pursue three months of “intense training” before embarking on formal duties, “throughout Trinidad and Tobago and wherever the programme will require”.

In her acceptance response Cuffie, who later treated the crowd to some of her musical hits, said she was “humbled by this kind gesture which also provides inspiration and impetus for even more diligent service on my part”.

She added: “I thank you for the confidence you have expressed in me, I assure you I shall represent this awesome, sacred assignment with all the honour and dignity which it deserves.”

The programme commenced with the ceremonial ribbon-cutting done by the chairperson of the National AIDS Co-ordinating Committee (NACC) Angela Lee Loy, who was assisted by Accounts Manager - NACC, Andy Feron. Also accompanying the NACC staff was Carol Ann Senah, Technical Director.

The committee spearheading this year’s event included Major Anthony Whitehall of the Ministry of National Security, Kathleen Stewart-Ferguson of the Ministry of Labour, Micro and Small Business Development, Rosanna Joseph – Ministry of Health, Aileen Clark – Ministry of Social Development, Patricia Hinds – Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs, Anderson Figaro – The Voice of One – Overcomers Club, Bernice Obasie of the NACC who is also the chair of the National HIV/AIDS Committee.

The cultural feature of the evening included San Juan Youngsters Tassa Group, Winsie-Ann Cuffie, Emmanuel, UNICEF 2008 HIV Poetry Winner, Nihilet Blackman and D All Girls Group, Vikash Indian Cultural Dance Group, Mucho Tempo Parang Group, Samuel Dyer and Vanessa Briggs, CYM Theatre Company, Shakir and Chazaq Puppetry Show.

Figaro was also specially honoured for his “visionary leadership and unwavering commitment to the cause” in his work, via the very active social action/AIDS awareness Overcomers Club.

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