In a grand presentation ceremony held on March 14 at the Waldorf-Astoria, New York City, the United Hospitals Fund honoured Trinidad and Tobago national and New York resident, Mary B Walters, with a 2014 United Hospital Fund’s Auxilian and Volunteer Achievement Award. The award was presented to Walters for her many years of voluntary service to the health care sector in New York as well as her outstanding commitment to her community.
Founded in 1879, the United Hospital Fund is a non-profit, research oriented and altruistic health organisation that advocates for policy changes and interventions that promote accessible, patient- focused, high quality health care services for the residents of New York City. Through evidence- based analyses and fundraising drives, the Fund seeks to improve the financing and delivery of hospitals, health centres, nursing homes, and other care settings.
Walters is no stranger to Trinidad and Tobago. Many would remember her for her role on the Steering Committee of the Rehabilitation of the Disabled that resulted in the establishment that we know as the Leonard Cheshire Home for the Physically Disabled. After migrating to New York, Walters was instrumental in founding the Caribbean Women’s Health Association, the Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Trinidad and Tobago Working Women’s Association. She was also a board member of Community Board 14 as well as the Auxiliary of Kings County Hospital Centre.
Walters was appointed to the Kings County Community Advisory Board in 1994 where she served on the Citizenship Drive committee and the Planning committee and played an integral role in the planning and construction of several buildings on Clarkson Avenue, Brooklyn, New York.
After serving for nine years on the Community Advisory Board, in 2004, she joined the Auxiliary of the Kings County Hospital Centre where she used her fundraising acumen to raise funds for various community projects and activities including for the opening of a state of the art cancer treatment centre in the hospital in 2011.
Commenting on Walters’ achievement at the Gala, Consul General, New York, Rudrawatee Nan Ramgoolam, had this to say, “It is persons such as Mrs. Mary Walters that make me very proud to be a Trinidadian and Tobagonian. It is my hope that Mrs Walters will continue to be active in her community and be an example of the spirit of volunteerism to all Trinidadians and Tobagonians, whether they reside at home or abroad”. The Consulate General of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago in New York saluted Mary Walters on the occasion of her receipt of the United Hospitals Fund award and hopes that her life of service inspires all to contribute to give selflessly to our communities and to our nation.
The Consulate General of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago in New York exercises consular jurisdiction in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont, and is focused on promoting Trinidad and Tobago and providing services for its Diaspora.