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I was born in Grenada in the mid-1950s in the village of Grenville Vale, St George. My parents emigrated to The UK when I was very young; so I was brought up by my grandmother, known affectionately as “Nennen”.

I worked with Haringey Council’s housing service for 35 years until 2018, when I took voluntary redundancy.

Sports/Hobbies. I am a keen follower of the West Indies cricket team and played with the Highbury Fields Cricket Team for many years. A keen supporter of Caribbean culture, I played with a costume mas band known as the Lion Youth Carnival Band at Notting Hill and was also involved with the committee that managed the Notting Hill Carnival, serving as the treasurer of the Carnival Development Committee in 1979/80

Family: I have been married since 1988. I have three adult children and two grandchildren

Voluntary work – the Grenada Voluntary Hospital Committee (GVHC)

In 1986. I joined the Grenada Voluntary Hospital Committee (GVHC). I served for many years as its treasurer and was elected as the group’s chairperson in 2003. The GVHC has supported health care provision in Grenada since 1967. Our donations are too numerous to mention.

GVHC has a website from which more information could be obtained about the contributions that the organisation has made over the years.

The website address is www.gvhc.org.uk. More information could be obtained on www.grenada365events.com

Voluntary work – Grenadian Heritage Day Committee
I have been the co-ordinator/manager of the Grenadian Heritage Day event since 2009. The event has grown steadily since its inception and is now the largest event in the Grenadian community in the UK. It features, a wide range of stalls, live entertainment, children entertainment, heritage, culture, etc. Over two thousand (2000) regularly attend. Photos of the last event (in 2019) could be viewed on www.grenada365events.com

Voluntary work – Lemuel Findlay Supplementary School.
I have been a member of the management committee of the Lemuel Findlay Supplementary School for the last 20 years. I have been its chairperson for the last 12 years. Lemuel Findlay Supplementary School (formerly named Y-Wise) was founded in 1974. It was launched after a weekend conference attended by a group of fifty-six West Indian Sixth Form Students. This was organised by concerned parents and teachers. They were concerned about the decline in academic achievement amongst black students in the local borough of Haringey. The project was named Y-Wise (Young West Indian Self Effort). The school’s main aim was to ensure that students were equipped with the basic skills in Mathematics and English Language to enable them to access the curriculum in their mainstream schools. The school has a website; the address is: www.lfss.org.uk

Church Work – since 2016, my wife and I have been the main facilitators of the marriage preparation course which is a yearly 6 week course for couples wishing to be married in the Catholic church, giving them skills and techniques for successful married life. I am also a member of the finance team, with responsibility for weekly counting of parish donations.