The Bankers Association of Trinidad & Tobago (BATT) held its inaugural International Men’s Day celebration on 19th November, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Port of Spain.
Fourteen Male NGO’s were recognized for their valuable contribution, dedication and support in transforming the lives of men, four of which were awarded for their outstanding community work
The theme for 2018’s International Men’s Day was Positive Role Models and BATT facilitated a morning full of entertainment, inspiring talks and educational sessions with a mix of dynamic speakers.
The Honourable Faris Al Rawi, as feature speaker, brought an engaging and witty narrative, sharing his story of what a man should be and inspiring the audience to strive to become the “Renaissance Man”. A stimulating presentation on men’s physical and mental health, emotional and spiritual well-being was delivered by Dr. Oscar Ocho, Head, Nursing Unit of the University of the West Indies.
Meanwhile, Educator and Motivational Speaker, Dr. Fitzroy Tyrell delivered a thought-provoking message on men as instruments of positive influence. He advised men to subject themselves to servant-hood and to live a good and virtuous life.
Citizens in Trinidad and Tobago were the first to observe International Men’s Day on 19 November 1999. Initiated by Dr. Jerome Teelucksingh, lecturer at the Department of History, University of the West Indies, the event has continued to be celebrated in Trinidad and Tobago and 80 countries every year as a reminder that the challenges of men and boys must be addressed in addition to, not in opposition to, the challenges experienced by women and girls.