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November 23rd, 2017

The Heart of UTC has found a home – UTC launches Foundation

 

The Heart of the UTC has found a home

UTC launches Foundation

Speaker Synergy:

Foundation Celebration: Ian Chinapoo, Executive Director, UTC, celebrates with team members of the UTC family the establishment of the UTC Foundation. The UTC Foundation intends to be a platform for ideas and innovation; work towards the creation and enhancement of wealth for all and to nurture the development of environmental citizenship.

 Christmas came early, with the launch of the new UTC Foundation, as the Unit Trust Corporation moves to solidify its place as a leader in financial investment in a changing economy by empowering its community.

In celebration of its 35 anniversary, the Unit Trust Corporation launched the UTC Foundation, with the help of several hundred team members from its Investment Centers around Trinidad and Tobago, at the National Academy for the Performing Arts, in Port of Spain on Wednesday, November 22, 2017.

Ian Chinapoo, Executive Director, UTC; Omar Holder, UTC Sales Manager and Rahanna Juman, Wetlands Ecologist, each took the stage to share on subjects they are passionate about, the three core pillars of the UTC Foundation: Education, Financial Well-Being and Environmental Citizenship.

The UTC Foundation intends to be a platform for ideas and innovation; work towards the creation and enhancement of wealth for all and to nurture the development of environmental citizenship.

Omar Holder, UTC Sales Manager, revealed other plans for the Foundation, which includes the establishment of a Financial Library and facilitation of financial coaching.

UTC Executive Director, Ian Chinapoo, who addressed the issue of education, promised: “The UTC Foundation will support research into innovative educational models to support the development and implementation of world class learning environments.”

The Foundation will also “co-ordinate and sponsor events that put forward the ideals of Personal Leadership within our Communities.”

The Unit Trust community showed their wholehearted support for the Foundation’s initiatives with enthusiastic applause. During the short program, they were entertained by singers, Marge Blackman and Neval Chatelal, and thoroughly enjoyed special screening of Sustain TnT’s short film, Intervention.

The film, which contained many powerful messages, which resonated with the audience, highlights our impact on the environment and Rahanna Juman, Wetlands Ecologist reminded UTC team members: “Climate change is our new reality. We cannot stop these changes, and we cannot say with certainty when and how intense they will be, but we can adapt and become resilient. Once we understand our vulnerability, we can then act, find innovative solutions, best practices being used by other societies to help lessen the impacts.”

She added: “Let us work together – civil society, business and government- to restore these forests, and plant vegetation along our coastline and beaches. We must become environmental citizens.”

Foundation Celebration:

Education Action: “Education is the greatest enabler and equalizer in society,” Ian Chinapoo, Executive Director, UTC told those gathered for the launch of the UTC Foundation, as he shared plans on the UTC being a catalyst for change by supporting research into innovative educational models and urged members of the community to take personal action to effect change.

Education Action

Speaker Synergy: From left, Ian Chinapoo, Executive Director, UTC; Rahanna Juman, Wetlands Ecologist, and Omar Holder, UTC Sales Manager, at the launch of the UTC Foundation at the National Academy for the Performing Arts on Wednesday, November 22. Each speaker took the stage to share on subjects they are passionate about, the three core pillars of the UTC Foundation: Education, Financial Well-Being and Environmental Citizenship.