Staff at the Ste. Madeleine Health Centre and members of the Ste. Madeleine Health Centre Senior Citizens Recreation Camp celebrated Indian Arrival Day on May 28th, 2019. Dr. Melissa Bachan moderated the event, which featured greetings from Mr. Shawn Premchand, Councillor for Corinth/Cedar Hill, Ms. Sylvia Douglas and Ms. Patricia Granger- PCNMs, an educational and inspiring presentation on Ageing and Self-Esteem by Dr. Sandi Arthur- PCP II, chutney instrumentals by Mr. Rawle Mootilal, traditional Indian songs from Pandit Vishwandath Maharaj and chutney tunes from Mr. Heeralal Rampartap. Staff also performed a skit depicting the journey of East Indians to Trinidad, highlighting their impact on the fabric of the Trinbagonian society. Members of the Camp also participated in an Indian Arrival Day Queen and King Competition. Ms. Donnie Baila, Ms. Lenore James and Ms. Rookmin Debideen won first, second and third place respectively in the Queen Competition and Mr. Shiva Debideen was declared Arrival Day King.

The objective of the Ste. Madeleine Health Centre Recreation Camp is to positively affect and improve the health of elderly persons in the Ste. Madeleine district in keeping with the World Health Organisation’s definition of active ageing  as the process of optimizing opportunities for health, social participation and security in order to enhance the quality of life for persons as they age. Active ageing allows persons to realize their potential for physical, social, and mental well-being throughout their lives and recognise the need to participate in society, while receiving quality health care.