By Dr. Ashford Maharaj
The Queens-based Trinidadians & Tobagonians USA have been honored by Community Board 9 in the Borough of Queens, New York, for dedicated service in the Queens community, the Trinbagonian diaspora community in the USA, and indeed the native community in Trinidad and Tobago.
Community Board 9, which has jurisdictions over the areas of Woodhaven, Richmond Hill, Kew Gardens, and Ozone Park in the Borough of Queens was represented by its Chairman, Kenichi Wilson and executive member Faiuze Ali. The award is generally conferred on a group or an individual who has gone above and beyond expectations and made special, unique, or extraordinary effort to promote a worthy cause or in general service to humanity. The event took place at Phil “Scooter” Rizzuto Park (Smokey Oval Park) on Sunday August 18, 2019 at the group’s annual family day event. The Trini-American based organization, which is a self-help not-for profit entity and apart from promoting the social, cultural, and artistic initiative of Trinbagonians in the United States also lend a help in hand to neediest cases in Trinidad and the wider Caribbean area.
As an example, the group sent a brand new motorized wheel chair to an underprivileged family in Trinidad, rendered financial assistance to victims of flooding in central and east Trinidad together with barrels of food, clothing and other essential. They also assisted villages isolated by floods that lasted for weeks and donated cash and book bags to denominational schools in Trinidad on a neediest threshold basis.
Locally, the group hosts events such as its annual family day for Trinbagonians families, honoring T&T Independence anniversaries, voice their support for immigration reform and partner with church groups and other organizations that do volunteer work in the Borough of Queens and occasionally the render assistance to the West Indian communities in Brooklyn.
In granting the award the chair of Community Board 10 praise T&T USA for the great work being done in the Borough of Queens and bestowed tremendous praise to the hardworking president – Anoop Dhanpat and the entire executive for charting a successful course for the group over the past 9 years and wish them the very best in the years to come.
Faiuze Ali, an executive member from Community Board 9 was also present to witness the special occasion. Mr. Ali in his address to the attendees at the Trinidadians & Tobagonians USA independence and family day annual event and congratulated the organization for its hard work and dedication to service in the Queens and wider New York area.