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September 7th, 2015

Tobago Heritage Festival 2015

 

Preserving tradition, UTC supports Tobago Heritage Festival

September 1st 2015: The Unit Trust Corporation partnered with the Tobago Heritage Festival by supporting the Canaan/Bon Accord Village Council in its theatrical production, “It takes a Village to Raise a Child.”

The UTC made a tangible contribution of $50,000, highlighting its continued commitment towards community development and cultural enrichment. “Preserving our traditional ways is what gives us our identity as well as keeping a long standing history and culture alive and vibrant,” said UTC’s Executive Director, Ian Chinapoo, in his address as he endorsed this year’s theme “Community Treasures: Recognition.”

The Executive Director commended community leaders for keeping the traditions alive and active. From traditional activities such as Ms. Tobago Heritage Personality to the Moriah Tobago Ole Time Wedding, Buccoo Goat Races and Night market, Tobago is a study in the preservation of cultural heritage, he said.

“Our children,” the Executive Director added, “need to identify with these traditions, to have something to connect to and have a foundation upon which to grow.”

Chinapoo applauded the Festival Committee and the Canaan/Bon Accord village for their dedication to ensuring the continuity of the annual celebration that fuels the cultural enrichment of Tobago. For the past 17 years, the Unit Trust has supported the Tobago Festivals Commission and by extension, the people of Tobago.

“We want to continue to be part of the fabric of your lives, to ensure that we make a difference,” Chinapoo said. In its elaborate stage production of “It takes a Village to raise a child,” the eighth installment by the Canaan/Bon Accord community, the Canaan/Bon Accord Village Council was able to highlight the significance of the village in instilling values and morals and its contribution to the social development of the community.

CULTURAL INVESTMENT: UTC presents sponsorship cheque valued at $50,000 to Tobago Festivals Committee. (From L-R) Natasha Davis, Assistant Vice President, Marketing and Communications, Delores Edwards, President, Canaan/Bon Accord Village Council, Ian Chinapoo, UTC Executive Director, Eric Powder, Manager, Tobago Festivals and Leston Williams, Supervisor of Tobago IC.

CULTURAL INVESTMENT: UTC presents sponsorship cheque valued at $50,000 to Tobago Festivals Committee. (From L-R) Natasha Davis, Assistant Vice President, Marketing and Communications, Delores Edwards, President, Canaan/Bon Accord Village Council, Ian Chinapoo, UTC Executive Director, Eric Powder, Manager, Tobago Festivals and Leston Williams, Supervisor of Tobago IC.

IT TAKES A VILLAGE: Members of the Canaan/Bon Accord community perform on stage at the Tobago Heritage Festival.

IT TAKES A VILLAGE: Members of the Canaan/Bon Accord community perform on stage at the Tobago Heritage Festival.