President experiencing mixed bag of emotions as she nears end of term

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President experiencing mixed bag of emotions as she nears end of term

President Paula-Mae Weekes is experiencing a mixed bag of emotions as she prepares to leave office in the next few weeks.

Speaking on Sunday during a farewell rally, following the Boy Scouts 110 Founders Day anniversary mass at Our Lady of Perpetual Help RC Church in San Fernando, Weekes expressed sadness but said it was a privilege to serve T&T.

During her tenure, Weekes served as Chief Scout and the scouting movement paid tribute to her for having served.

She told those in attendance: “Becoming President of TT was a great honour, indeed, the honour of a lifetime. Being your chief scout was icing on the cake.”

“I am experiencing a mix of emotions. Gratitude at having been an integral part of this commemoration, pride in your devotion to your country and, melancholy as this is the last occasion on which I would speak to you as chief scout,” she added.

“Over the last five years, I have enjoyed celebrating Founder’s Day, as it highlights the life vision and legacy of a remarkable man, your founder, Lord Baden Powell,” said Weekes.

She commended the girls and boys of the movement, describing them as the most disciplined, well-rounded and civic-minded individuals, the leaders who lead by example, and parents who encourage them to be better.

“As you welcome your new chief scout in the coming weeks, I encourage all of you to keep up the good work and continue to feed your enthusiasm, guide you passion and nurture your creativity.

“I am confident that my successor in office would be just as impressed in your efforts and dedication as I am.”
“I am deeply grateful to have been part of an institution as this nation’s largest youth-development organisation.”

President-elect Christine Kangaloo will succeed Weekes when she demits office in March at the end of her one term.