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UWIAA Contact:?Dr. C. Lloyd Stanford

Email: ottawa@alumni.uwi.edu

ABOUT LLOYD:?

A former senior public servant, Lloyd Stanford is president of Le Groupe Stanford Inc., a consulting firm specialising in matters related to multiculturalism, employment equity, bilingualism and biculturalism, responsibility and accountability, human resource development in general, Canadian social and cultural policy, and international development issues. He is a partner in the consortium Pan-Continental Business and Development Consultants Inc.?Trained in the humanities (Honours French [London – UCWI]) and the social sciences (MA at Carleton in Public Administration, doctoral studies in Political Science at Queen's), his working experience spans all the areas above.?Lloyd Stanford has also been a university teacher and researcher. He was a visiting professor in the School of Public Administration at Carleton University (1984-85) where he has given graduate seminars on "public sector management and the Canadian political system", and responsibility and accountability. His publications include the volume Canada 2000: Race Relations and Public Policy which he edited along with O.P. Dwivedi, Ronald D'Costa and Elliot Tepper.?He is the co-founder and president of the theatre group Third World Players (1978-present) and past president and honorary life member of the Ottawa Branch of the Royal Commonwealth Society. ?He is the recipient of several awards including the Queen’s Jubilee Medal & the Prime Minister’s Medal of Appreciation for Service to Jamaica [2003]. He was awarded an Honorary degree by Carleton University in 2016.?

LLOYD SAYS:?

"When the Director of Alumni Affairs, Mrs. Celia Davidson-Francis, approached me in early June 2009 to serve as the ‘contact person’ for UWI alumni in Ottawa, I swung into immediate action to reactivate contact that I had made earlier and most latterly in 2005—in the wake of the Chancellor’s visit-- to form a UWIAA Chapter in Ottawa. Permission was sought of most of the alumni and friends of the University with whom I had been in previous contact and I am happy to report that they have all given their approval of my transmitting their ‘co-ordinates’ to Mrs. Davidson Francis so that they, as members of the UWI family, can be apprised of developments at their Alma Mater. The same unhesitating co-operation was received from alumni in the diplomatic corps resident here.

Approach to Practical Support of the University

Acting on the hunch that concrete projects would serve as a point of focus for alumni,?I ventured an unofficial exploratory conversation with the president of Carleton University [of which, among other things, I am also a graduate and a former governor] about a possible liaison with UWI. In response to a general ‘feeler’ from me, she gave an immediate precise, positive and practical three-pronged offer in the briefest of conversations:

  1. A possible framework Memorandum of Understanding [MOU] for staff and student exchanges?
  2. Accommodation for holding conferences and other events at Carleton?
  3. Collaboration for electronic advertising of major UWI events—as is done for US universities like Harvard.

This offer was communicated to the Vice-Chancellor, after I had sounded out possible interest in collaboration with universities in Ottawa that had been in an embryonic state in the 1990s. In early February 2010, I was notified by Mrs. Celia Davidson–Francis that Dr. Anthony Fisher, one of the international officers at the Cave Hill campus, was in discussion with Carleton University about a specific project and that the international officers were working on MOUs and other matters.

Other Initiatives

At quite a different level, I have tried to ‘re-connect’ with the region and UWI during a private tour of the Southern Caribbean which included brief visits to Barbados and St. Lucia. In the latter, I was privileged to visit the park in Castries dedicated to Derek Walcott. and where Sir Arthur Lewis is also honoured, and saw,?he UWI campus there.?

News of Ottawa-based Alumni

One of our graduates who had kindly agreed to be ‘connected’ with UWI in her private capacity, Ambassador Evadne Coye, assumed, the post of Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jamaica. Her successor as High Commissioner for Jamaica in Canada, Her Excellency Sheila Sealy Monteith is also an alumna. The UWI family, notably those in the medical field, will also be aware of the outstanding work of our Ottawa- based alumni in the that field. We are particularly proud and grateful that our cherished Ottawa -based alumnus, Dr. Robert Moore, received aVice-Chancellor’s? Award in 2010.

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I invite all Ottawa based UWI alumni from any of the four campuses to "connect" with me and other UWI graduates here by emailing me."

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"One UWI, One Alumni Family"?

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