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Saturday 24 March 2018

Hector calls of Bethel/Irvine residents to work for good of community

Secretary of Community Development Marslyn Melville Jack, second from left, and Assistant Secretary Shomari Hector, right, look on as Youth Centre Coordinator, Division of Youth, Janice McMillan, cuts the ribbon to formally re-open the Bethel Youth Development Centre last Thursday.

Assistant Secretary in the Division of Community Development, Shomari Hector, is calling on residents of Bethel/Mt Irvine work together for the good of the community.

Hector, who is the Tobago House of Assembly representative for Bethel/Mt Irvine, said that as product of that community, he was well aware of the ills, hurts and pains, but also the glory and surpassing goodness of the district.

Speaking at the re-opening at the Bethel Youth Development Centre last Thursday, he challenged residents to utilise the opportunities presented by the reopening of the facility, saying that the work done there will influence discipline, attitudes and attributes that he wanted engendered in young men of the area particularly.

“There is a stereotype that we must challenge, there is a status quo that we must redefine but more importantly, there is a destiny for us to define and that must be done collectively and in harmony with the good of the Tobago House of Assembly and the community,” Hector said.

Noting that the Centre has been non-functional for the past three years, Lyndon Wilson Youth Development Officer, Department of Youth, also called on the residents to embrace the opportunities that will be presented with its reopening.

“…when we work with the young people to come up with programming, it means that you have to come; if you say this is what you want you have, make sure and participate. A lot of the programmes we do, they are not the end all, they are the gateways for creating opportunities to broaden horizons as young people,” he said.

The centre houses a kitchen, an indoor sporting area, office space and classroom areas.


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