Friday, December 15, 2017

T&T high commissioner gives book to Toronto Central Library


HISTORIC RELATIONSHIP: Trinidad and Tobago’s high commissioner to Canada Philip Buxo, right, presents a commemorative book to Linda Mackenzie, director research & reference libraries, Toronto Public Library, centre. At left is Cherrone Mokund, consul at the Trinidad and Tobago Consulate in Toronto.

Mark Fraser

Trinidad and Tobago’s High Commissioner to Canada Philip Buxo presented two copies of the commemorative publication Trinidad and Tobago in Canada, Together We Aspire, Together We Achieve, 1962-2012 to the Toronto Central Library for use in its reference divisions.

This book was a publication of the High Commission of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Independence of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and was launched by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar during her 2013 official visit to Canada, a news release from the office of the High Commission said yesterday.

Its contents detail the historic relationship that has existed between the two countries and tells the stories of so many of the diaspora in Canada who have contributed significantly to their communities and professions, the news release said.

It is an inspirational collection of biographies that depict a common theme of discipline, production and tolerance, which are incidentally the watchwords of Trinidad and Tobago. The title of the book was based on the country’s national motto, “Together we Aspire, Together we Achieve.”

According to the release Buxo said he was proud to represent such a diverse and talented group of individuals who have added a unique Trini vibrancy to the multiculturalism of Canada, continue to share their expertise and have contributed to the improvement of their communities, and to Canada.

Trinidad and Tobago’s relations with Canada are close and long-standing.

Canada was one of the first countries to establish diplomatic relations with Trinidad and Tobago after its Independence from Britain in 1962.

Today, both countries share bilateral relations covering a wide spectrum of sectors—trade, education, science and technology, security, culture, environment, sport and health. They also share common values including democracy, defence of human rights and freedom of the press.

But most importantly, Trinidad and Tobago and Canada are forever connected and strengthened by their diaspora.