Thursday, 22 September 2016 14:48



Ladies and Gentlemen:

Mine is not a question, but to act, to recognize the diligence, the commitment, dedication, brilliance and professionalism of those who went before and who by the quality of work performed left PoS better than they met her and in the process created the quality of space that I, the Mayor of the City, could be assigned the task to be the 43rd Mayor of PoS.

I feel doubly blessed to be on the one the Mayor of the Capital, but more so to have within the boundaries of our City, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Cluny and the outstanding institution the St. Joseph’s Convent of PoS, which they conceived and built for us, the people of PoS some 180 years ago. Some may argue and rightfully so that St. Joseph’s Convent was given to All of T&T but I believe all of that came later- much later.

The history will show that on January 29th, 1986, 5 sisters arrived in PoS and they began the successful story of St. Joseph’s Convent of PoS.

As Mayor, I am mindful of the long and productive stream of ordinary people who have been schooled and perfected into model citizens of our Republic. The list of persons who form the Alumni and are distinguished by their contributions to our National community underscore the value of quality work of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Cluny.

The evidence suggest that there can be No distinction between the organization i.e. St. Joseph’s Convent of PoS and the administrators- the Sisters of St. Joseph of Cluny. Together both institutions have fashioned- perhaps the best educational institutions within the Caribbean.

How then do we as leaders of the City respond to this extraordinary contribution of institutions and express our sincere appreciation in a meaningful and tangible way. The PoS City Council wishes it could do more, but on this occasion, we believe it is both appropriate and fitting that we bestow the City’s highest and most prestigious award- the Key to the City in recognition of the sterling, meritorious and invaluable contribution in the spheres of religion and education, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Cluny and the St. Joseph’s Convent, PoS.

On behalf of all members of the City Council, CEO and Administrative Staff of the Port of Spain Corporation and indeed on my own behalf I salute and congratulate you all. I Thank You.