UWI students showcase Dominica in T&T

Dominican students at UWI St. Augustine Campus
Dominican students at UWI St. Augustine Campus

Every year, the University of the West Indies St. Augustine Campus in Trinidad and Tobago hosts various academic and non-academic events to encourage integration on campus and to inspire the intellectual capacity of its students.

The first event ‘Taste UWI’ invites all Student Associations from various countries to present dishes which depict each country’s culture as much as possible.

This year the Dominican Student Association (DOMSATT) garnered the most points and essentially won first place both in booth presentation and food display.

The Association, in collaboration with students from the Jamaica and St. Lucia Students Associations, also won the UWI Debating Series 2013.

Dominica was represented by Joni Durand and Melchizedek Lawrence.

Every year, DOMSATT committee and members have worked hard and strived to improve, with the goal of attaining Student Association of the Year, and most importantly bringing all Dominican Students together to represent our country Dominica in the most meaningful way possible.

For the Academic Year 2012/2013 the Association received the prizes for Most Improved Association and Most Outstanding Female President. The DOMSATT Member of the Year was Melvyn Baptiste, who is also the current President for the academic year 2013/2014.  2012/2013 committee consisted of President (Samanthia Lugay), Vice President (Vernandra Christian), Treasurer (Keyhan Mendes), PRO (Marcelle Bertrand) and Secretary (Lucia Edwards).

This year, the committee consists of President (Melvyn Baptiste), Vice President (Keyhan Mendes), Treasurer (Mitch Jno-Charles), PRO (David Paul) and Secretary (Nelsha Shillingford).

The association is supported by many organizations in Dominica, including Discover Dominica Authority, Dominica Brewery and Beverages Ltd, Belfast Estates Ltd, Dominica Coconut Products, DBS Radio and Kairi FM.

Below are pictures of past and present members who have all contributed in some way in showcasing Dominica’s culture in Trinidad & Tobago.

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  1. Anonymous
    November 15, 2013

    Great job Lorry. Proud of you

  2. Hope
    November 14, 2013

    :-D Dominica’s great minds…………. Bravo!

    November 14, 2013

    Big Congrat to the whole crew in the land pan and calypso.Good job.

  4. Excellent
    November 14, 2013

    Congrats students…..great way to promote out cuisine and culture….

  5. HollowBox
    November 14, 2013

    Congrats ladies and gents. Continue to shine and keep the association alive. Am proud.

  6. Pondera
    November 14, 2013

    Excellent work indeed! Keep the pride of country alive. I applaud the business firms that have supported this effort. Well done UWI luminaries in the making. Yes! We are the sun rising from the west. We are waiting for you guys to come home to continue to make us proud.

  7. D/can Girl
    November 14, 2013

    Fantastic Jobs guys… Continue the work u started. Rougieee…good job girly!

  8. Anonymous
    November 14, 2013

    I am happy to see our achievements and patriotism being displayed in the media. Its a pity that the government has refused to provide the economic cost requested by the students at the UWI.

  9. Jno Suede
    November 13, 2013

    “Learning today for a brighter tomorrow” keep it up Melvyn!! And well done to all the DOMSATT and press on to be the best!

    November 13, 2013

    Very well done!!

  11. Anonymous
    November 13, 2013

    Excellent!!. Please continue to fly high with pride and dignity, the flag of teh Isle of beauty isle of Splender

  12. November 13, 2013

    great job guys, keep up the good and honorable work, don’t forget DA is depending on you.

  13. Sylvester Cadette
    November 13, 2013

    Most impressive !!!


    And if at anytime, by virtue of their enthusiasm or a bout of youthful exuberance they are overly expressive, be not condescending but nurture and guide and embrace their new ideas for indeed that’s what Dominica is encouraging them to go to university for – new vision, new perspective and new solutions that sometimes may challenge the status quo.


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