Sunday, December 17, 2017

Sibling calls on Kamla to honour Ken Valley

'He devoted his life to others'


PARTY SUPPORT: PNM political leader Dr Keith Rowley, left, chats with Dr Clinton Valley during the launch of the Kenneth Cyril Valley Foundation yesterday at Hilton Trinidad, St Ann's. —Photo: JERMAINE CRUICKSHANK

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The brother of deceased People's National Movement (PNM), Diego Martin Central MP Ken Valley has called on Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar to remember her promise to honour him.

Speaking at the launch of the KCV (Kenneth Cyril Valley) Foundation at the Hilton Trinidad, St Ann's yesterday, Dr Clinton Valley, president of the University of the Southern Caribbean (USC), described his brother, who died in 2011, as a man who knew about poverty and lived not for self but in devoted service to others.

"It is important for us to continue this work of improving the human condition. The foundation is dedicated to the empowerment of local communities by ensuring that the financially challenged in society have an opportunity to improve their life circumstances through education and skills training.

"I call on Prime Minister, Kamla Persad-Bissessar to remember her pledge at the time of Ken's passing that the Government would find ways that are appropriate to honour Ken's legacy. One such way will be for the Government to make a significant contribution to the KCV Foundation."

Valley's brother spoke of him in three veins: the person, the professional and the politician whose life was focused on people and the fostering of positive relationships.

"Perhaps the best description given of Ken was by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar. She described him as a notably worthy man, who humbly and honestly led by his conscience and his conscientiousness. She continued by saying that he was frank and fearless, mindful of his personal and professional integrity but always overwhelmingly concerned with the well-being of his fellow citizens," Valley said.

He urged nationals and internationals, members of the business sector as well as persons who Valley helped individually through his lifetime, to now in turn help those who are in the situations they once faced.

"Ken's favourite quotation was 'life is a loan which we repay through the service we give to others'...Trinidad and Tobago, I call upon all of us to repay our loan," he said.

PNM treasurer Mariano Browne, chairman of the KCV Foundation, which was started by Valley's children in a bid to carry on the legacy of their father, brought greetings to those who came out in support of the launch which also doubled as the foundation's first fund-raising event.

Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley, who said he ran away from the PNM Convention being held at Balisier House yesterday to be there, also brought brief remarks on the life of Valley.

Opposition senator Fitzgerald Hinds, former health ministers John Rahael and Jerry Narace, former minister of National Security Martin Joseph and former Port of Spain mayor Murchison Brown were also in attendance.