Canadian High Commissioner Karen L McDonald recently paid a visit to two Servol Training Centres located in East Port-of-Spain. "Service Volunteered for All", or Servol, as the institution is more popularly known, has been operating for more than 40 years and can proudly attest to the efforts and accomplishments of its annual 3,000-plus student population at its 30 locations across Trinidad. The Canadian High Commission's Canada Fund for Local Initiatives programme has been working with Servol for the past 18 years in its efforts to assist at-risk children and adolescents from low-income families.
The most recent project supported by Canada served to enhance the ability of Servol's instructors and support staff to work with trauma-inflicted youth.At the Beetham centre, the High Commissioner and her colleagues were warmly welcomed by the facility's executive director Martin Pacheco, and his team, who commended the Canada fund for its contributions to Servol over the years.McDonald was able to see Servol's staff and students at work in departments such as auto mechanics, beauty culture, food preparation, woodwork, welding, television production and childcare.She was impressed by the dedication and discipline of the students, and by the fact that many of them return to share their expertise as instructors.
The High Commission team also visited Servol's Hi-Tech Centre, where they observed the values of professionalism and industry at work.They saw business-attired students, age 19 and under, immersed in their course work in business administration, computer literacy, computer repair, networking and advanced graphics. McDonald was very impressed with all she observed. She commended Servol on its success over the years and encouraged the students to maintain their determination and hard work in achieving their life goals.