Chief Secretary London: Teaching helped me lead

Orville London
Chief Secretary, Tobago House of Assembly, Orville London. (Photo courtesy lyndersaydigital.com)

Chief Secretary Orville London was honoured on the weekend for his contributions to education in Tobago. And after viewing a video tribute by his family and friends, and receiving an award for his service, as well as a portrait of himself, London revealed that it was his time as an educator that prepared him to lead.

“…I think it’s very significant that I’m standing on this stage speaking to you,” London said at the 2016 Teachers’ Retirement and Appreciation Function, which took place on Saturday October 22 at Signal Hill Secondary School.

“Because it is on the Scarborough Junior Secondary stage and the Signal Hill Senior Comprehensive stage that I was able to develop the attributes that make it possible for me to succeed as Secretary, as Chief Secretary, and as leader, and I want to thank these institutions for really nurturing me and strengthening me and preparing me.”

London also paid tribute to his family for their contributions to his success. During the event, themed “Mirrors: Honouring the Past, Treasuring the Present and Shaping the Future”, the island honoured its
recently retired teachers.

They are Juliana Alfred-Sandy, John Burris, Belinda Dillon, Catherine Douglas-Stewart, Stephanie Quashie, Gangadaye Roopsingh, Nevlyn Renwick, Glenana Thomas-Bernard, Marva Williams and Marilyn Cowie-Clarke.