The Heart of UTC has found a home - UTC launches Foundation
November 22, 2017: Launch of the UTC Foundation, Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at the National Academy for the Performing Arts, Port of Spain, Trinidad.
The Heart of the UTC has found a home
UTC launches Foundation
Christmas came early, with the launch of the new UTC Foundation, as the Unit Trust Corporation moves to solidify its place as a leader in financial investment in a changing economy by empowering its community.
In celebration of its 35 anniversary, the Unit Trust Corporation launched the UTC Foundation, with the help of several hundred team members from its Investment Centers around Trinidad and Tobago, at the National Academy for the Performing Arts, in Port of Spain on Wednesday, November 22, 2017.
Ian Chinapoo, Executive Director, UTC; Omar Holder, UTC Sales Manager and Rahanna Juman, Wetlands Ecologist, each took the stage to share on subjects they are passionate about, the three core pillars of the UTC Foundation: Education, Financial Well-Being and Environmental Citizenship.
The UTC Foundation intends to be a platform for ideas and innovation; work towards the creation and enhancement of wealth for all and to nurture the development of environmental citizenship.
Omar Holder, UTC Sales Manager, revealed other plans for the Foundation, which includes the establishment of a Financial Library and facilitation of financial coaching.
UTC Executive Director, Ian Chinapoo, who addressed the issue of education, promised: "The UTC Foundation will support research into innovative educational models to support the development and implementation of world class learning environments."
The Foundation will also "co-ordinate and sponsor events that put forward the ideals of Personal Leadership within our Communities."
The Unit Trust community showed their wholehearted support for the Foundation's initiatives with enthusiastic applause. During the short program, they were entertained by singers, Marge Blackman and Neval Chatelal, and thoroughly enjoyed special screening of Sustain TnT's short film, Intervention.
The film, which contained many powerful messages, which resonated with the audience, highlights our impact on the environment and Rahanna Juman, Wetlands Ecologist reminded UTC team members: "Climate change is our new reality. We cannot stop these changes, and we cannot say with certainty when and how intense they will be, but we can adapt and become resilient. Once we understand our vulnerability, we can then act, find innovative solutions, best practices being used by other societies to help lessen the impacts."
She added: "Let us work together - civil society, business and government- to restore these forests, and plant vegetation along our coastline and beaches. We must become environmental citizens."
Speaker Synergy: From left, Ian Chinapoo, Executive Director, UTC; Rahanna Juman, Wetlands Ecologist, and Omar Holder, UTC Sales Manager, at the launch of the UTC Foundation at the National Academy for the Performing Arts on Wednesday, November 22. Each speaker took the stage to share on subjects they are passionate about, the three core pillars of the UTC Foundation: Education, Financial Well-Being and Environmental Citizenship.
Foundation Celebration: Ian Chinapoo, Executive Director, UTC, celebrates with team members of the UTC family the establishment of the UTC Foundation. The UTC Foundation intends to be a platform for ideas and innovation; work towards the creation and enhancement of wealth for all and to nurture the development of environmental citizenship.
Education Action: "Education is the greatest enabler and equalizer in society," Ian Chinapoo, Executive Director, UTC told those gathered for the launch of the UTC Foundation, as he shared plans on the UTC being a catalyst for change by supporting research into innovative educational models and urged members of the community to take personal action to effect change.
UTC Foundation to strengthen CSR footprint
October 13, 2017: The Unit Trust Corporation is strengthening its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) footprint by establishing the UTC Foundation before the end of the year, according to Executive Director, Ian Chinapoo.
“This is our way of giving back to our communities and effecting positive change to our society,” Chinapoo said, as he delivered the feature address recently at the 2017 graduation ceremony of UTC’s SEA Scholarship Program at the Government Campus Plaza in Port of Spain.
“Our objective is to strengthen our CSR thrust and boost our employee volunteerism. For us, it simply means staying focused on what matters the most to our communities,” the Executive Director said.
The UTC Foundation will focus on Education, Financial Well-Being and Environmental Citizenship. “Under these pillars, we intend to harness our resources to build core competencies necessary to promote positive and sustainable change in communities,” Chinapoo told a packed auditorium.
To lend support to the Foundation’s Financial Well-being pillar, the Corporation launched a pilot project, “Dollars and Sense,” at the Charlotteville Community Centre in Tobago, designed to empower young people to take control of their financial future.
At the graduation ceremony, Chinapoo welcomed 20 new students into the UTC SEA Scholarship Program, one of our flagship CSR initiatives, with over 180 students benefitting from the program since its inception in 1996.
The SEA program, marking its 21st year, is geared towards helping some of the country’s most brilliant students, who are financially disadvantaged, achieve their academic potential and managing challenges. Parents of the SEA students also got the opportunity to sharpen their nurturing skills in workshops held across the country. Chinapoo warned the students that while making the right decisions can be empowering - making the wrong ones can be crippling.
Chinapoo warned the students that making the right decisions can be empowering - while the wrong ones can be crippling.
In his address, Dr. Lovell Francis, Minister of State of the Ministry of Education, stressed the importance of parents being good role models and urged the students to continue making their parents proud.
Ken Ramdhan, who facilitated the SEA workshops on behalf of Families in Action, said it was inspiring to see the students grow from shy pupils to confident, well-spoken adults. Jared “Major” Penny, radio announcer at Slam100.5 FM, urged students to keep the lines of communication open with their parents.
UTC Executive Director Ian Chinapoo, second from right; with Vice President, Trust Services, Ravi Ramoutar, right; Natasha Davis, Vice President, Reputation Management, left; and Manager, Sales and Advertising, Shoba Ganess pose with UTC’s SEA Scholarship Awardees at the 2017 graduation ceremony at the Government Campus Plaza in Port of Spain.
From left, Michael Stewart, Motivational Speaker and Life Coach, Natasha Davis; Vice President, Reputation Management, UTC, Ken Ramdhan; Youth Education Manager, Families In Action, Joel “Positive” Murray; Gospel reggae artiste, Sasha Rauseo; Youth Educator, Families in Action, Keisha Alexander; Marketing Officer, UTC and Ijeoma De Gale-Harry Manager, Tobago Investment Centre, stand with new UTC SEA Scholarship Awardees in Tobago at a graduation ceremony held at Caanan Bon Accord community centre.
Vice President, Reputation Management, Natasha Davis greets a current SEA Awardee at the graduation ceremony held at Canaan Bon Accord, Tobago.
Manager, Research and Innovation Unit, Philip Williams, makes a point to the audience on goal setting as Vice President, Reputation Management, Natasha Davis looks on.
Manager, Tobago Investment Centre, Ijeoma De Gale-Harris addresses the Charlotteville audience on effective budgeting.
Team members of the UTC and the Charlotteville Community show their skills in a friendly football match following the completion of the workshop.
UTC Partners with Heroes Foundation in Big Brother, Big Sister Programme
August 24, 2017: With shouts of jubilation and some were overcome with emotion, as nine students from Woodbrook Secondary School celebrated their graduation from the Heroes Foundation Big Brothers, Big Sisters Programme in partnership with the Unit Trust Corporation.
The ceremony for the mentors known as "Bigs" and the mentees called "Littles," took place recently at the UTC's head office in Port-of-Spain and marked the culmination of the Corporation's second year of participation in the Heroes' Corporate Workplace Mentoring Programme.
The Heroes Foundation is a non-profit organization, established in Trinidad and Tobago in 2002, with the aim of creating an avenue to meet the developmental needs of youths by encouraging them to foster positive behaviors that would improve and build relationships in their homes and communities.
Mr. Philip Julien, Founder and Chairman of the Trinidad and Tobago Heroes Foundation spoke of the value of mentorship, stressing its importance to the development of our youth should never be underestimated. He noted that continued corporate sector's participation in the mentorship program was a positive response to meeting the needs of the students and urged more companies to get on board and realize the benefits of mentorship as it impacts both employees and students.
Mr. Ian Chinapoo, Executive Director of the Unit Trust Corporation commended the UTC "Bigs" for their commitment as they gave of their time, which was not easy given their hectic schedules.
Chinapoo said the mentorship programme offered an opportunity for both "Bigs" and "Littles" to share ideas, to engage and to see different perspectives "but the ability to learn from each other was crucial for the programme to work."
"It allowed us," he told his audience, comprising the Littles' parents and caregivers as well as members of the UTC executive leadership team, "to have a deeper appreciation of the challenges faced by our young people: drugs, peer pressures, the value of a sound education and what tools you need to survive as a young person in today's world." The Executive Director also reaffirmed the UTC's commitment to the Big Brother, Big Sister program in 2018, saying the UTC wanted to be able to make a difference in our students' lives.
An emotional Bettina Harper, Case Officer at Heroes Foundation, stated how overwhelmed she was at the remarkable change she witnessed during the programme and commended the UTC for its participation. Harper heaped praise on the mentees and gave an insight into the progress made by each one.
Rochelle Francis was presented with the Spirit Award for her genuine warmth and friendliness while Jeremy Stewart was awarded the Determination Award for his impressive zeal for knowledge and eagerness to learn. The Transformation Award was presented to Maleek Sambrano-Douglas for his visible increase in confidence. The Best Match Award went to Tyrese George and his mentor Brent Francis, team member at UTC, for the seamless chemistry and bonding they exuded throughout the programme.
Mr. Philip Julien (left), Founder and Chairman of the Trinidad and Tobago Heroes Foundation, Ms. Bettina Harper (in red), Case Officer at Heroes Foundation and Mr. Ian Chinapoo (right), Executive Director of the Unit Trust Corporation poses with UTC's mentors.
Ms. Bettina Harper strikes a pose with "Little" Rochelle Francis.
Mr. Philip Julien presents Jeremy Stuart with the Determination Award.
Mr. Ian Chinapoo presents UTC team member and mentor, Brent Francis, left, and his mentee Tyrese George with the Best Match Award.
"Bigs" and "Littles" listen attentively to the program as they recount the memories made at UTC.
Ms. Bettina Harper takes a "selfie" with some of the mentees.
Mr. Philip Julien (left), Founder and Chairman of the Trinidad and Tobago Heroes Foundation, Ms. Bettina Harper (third from left), Case Officer at Heroes Foundation and Mr. Ian Chinapoo (middle), Executive Director of the Unit Trust Corporation pose with UTC's "Bigs" and "Littles".
UTC Connecting People to the environment
July 3, 2017: The nine Investment Centres of the Unit Trust Corporation spread across the country were hives of activity, as staff distributed over 800 seedlings to unitholders in recognition of World Environment Day and the UTC's "Think Green and Plant a Tree" initiative.
The Corporation's aim was to encourage our customers to appreciate the value of preserving the environment and how they can make a tangible contribution to sustainable community development. The initiative brought into focus the fragility and beauty and diversity of the natural world in which we coexist. The seedlings distributed varied from pimentos to chive, from tomatoes to melongene.
To bring a focus to the significance of the environment and how UTC is playing its part to preserve it, Neisha Victor of UTC's Supply Chain Management and coordinator of the initiative, noted that UTC is committed to engaging its customers and this environmental project was a vehicle to do so. "We are encouraging them to channel their energies to building a sustainable environment and sensitise our customers to thinking green," she said.
The UTC recognises that the well-being of the nation's environment depends on the responsible management of the country's natural resources. An environmental project such as participating in World Environment Day is an example of the organisation's commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). World Environment Day is one of the many ways the organisation takes positive action to protect its natural surroundings.
A UTC customer is all smiles as she receives her seedling from Customer Service Representative Nadia Rajkumar.
UTC's Port of Spain Investment Centre was abuzz with excitement as customers collected their seedlings.
Joanne Norton, Assistant Manager, Port of Spain Investment Centre poses with a unitholder.
UTC team takes coastal clean-up prize
September 30, 2016: A robust team from Unit Trust Corporation (UTC), gave a good account of themselves by collecting the largest amount of garbage - a total of 401lbs, during International Coastal Cleanup Day conducted at Scotland Bay. On Saturday September 17th, 13 participating crews took to Scotland Bay where over 2,200 pounds of garbage left by visitors to the iconic bay was collected for disposal.
The clean-up of Scotland Bay was initiated by the Green Circle (GC), an entity which promotes environmental sustainability and encourages young adults to get involved in eco-friendly activities. The UTC, comprising members from various departments, hauled the largest amount of garbage, over 400 pounds! Their reward: a bottle of Moët Gold Magnum, sponsored by Brydens. In second place, MWF, a fitness group who collected 318 pounds of trash, won themselves a bottle of Smirnoff Vodka, also provided by Brydens. All In Fitness, who collected 303 pounds, received a hamper donated by Bermudez. Founder of the Green Circle, Kerrie-Kim Kirton, applauded the efforts of the 13 crews who participated in the environmental event.
ENVIRONMENT WINNER :
Candice Cross of UTC's Finance Department is the picture of concentration as she records the debris collected.
WINNING TEAM :
Team UTC poses for a photo at Scotland Bay where they collected 401 pounds of garbage.
UTC says Think Green, Plant a Tree!
June30, 2016: UTC commemorated World Environment Day with a pledge to raise national awareness by encouraging its customers to Think Green and plant a tree! Celebrating this event annually, UTC is devoted to engaging its customers and encouraging them to channel their inner gardener and do their part for the environment.
World Environment Day is the world's biggest day for positive environmental action and nine investment centres across the country participated, distributing over 800 seedlings. The seedlings handed out at the participating investment centres were a mix of pimento, sweet pepper, tomato and melongene. Staff wore green buttons to symbolise their commitment to Think Green.
The Think Green campaign was developed to raise awareness and inspire staff and customers to step up and take action for the environment. Executive Director, Ian Chinapoo explained, "The campaign's tagline, 'Our Environment, Our Commitment' demonstrates the importance of such an event and the role UTC plays in its efforts to achieve environmental sustainability."
The organisation recognises that the well-being of the nation's environment depends on the responsible management of the country's natural resources. An environmental project such as participating in World Environment Day is an example of the organisation's corporate social responsibility commitments. World Environment Day is one of the many ways the organisation takes positive action to protect its natural surroundings.
Simone Downer, Manager,
Port of Spain Investment Centre points out the different seedlings to an interested unitholder.
A unitholder is happy
to receive a seedling from a member of the UTC team after completing her transaction in the Port of Spain Investment Centre.
UTC Executive Director Inspires graduates to be at their best
July 12, 2016: The sixth form students of Bishops Anstey and Trinity College East were wowed by the words of inspiration from UTC's Executive Director, Ian Chinapoo, who delivered the feature address at their graduation ceremony recently.
"Today you should feel a huge sense of accomplishment and self-worth. Cherish this moment and remember this feeling, because that positive attitude and ambition is the key to reaching and setting your goals," said Chinapoo, who spoke on the theme "Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference". He drew from his own experience and told of how having the right attitude helped him to overcome his own failures and motivated him to chart a course to where he is today. "Give your best in everything and don't settle for less," emphasised Mr. Chinapoo.
Class valedictorians, Nadia Byng and Yann Quash delivered words of motivation to their classmates: "You are going out into the jungle, be careful what you choose, your diversity is your strength. We are one team and together we can achieve much success," said Yann and Nadia.
Mr. Chinapoo revealed that he was impressed by what he had seen from the school, especially their community outreach programme, which will set them on the right path to be leaders in the community. He highlighted the importance in cultivating the youth of Trinidad and Tobago and stated that UTC welcomes the opportunity to connect with those in their communities to contribute and provide building blocks for tomorrow's future.
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The elated graduates of Bishops Anstey and Trinity College East Sixth Form with Executive Director, Ian Chinapoo.
UTC celebrates West Indies Women ICC World T20 champions
Ms. Gayle Daniel-Worrell, Vice President, Reputation Management, (centre) is surrounded by Trinidad and Tobago Women cricketers: (left to right) Anisa Mohammed, Stacy Ann King, Merissa Aguilleira and Britney Cooper, who were victorious in the 2016 ICC Women's World Twenty 20. As part of our Corporate Social Responsibility, UTC remains committed in its support of sports and recognises the positive impact it has on country's development and on our youth. The 2016 ICC Women's World Twenty20 was the fifth edition of the ICC Women's World Twenty20, the world championship of women's Twenty20 International cricket. India hosted the event for the first time, with matches played from 15 March to 3 April 2016. In the tournament final, the West Indies defeated defending champions Australia by eight wickets, claiming their first title. The TT players were recently presented with $40,000 in Gift of Units for their stellar performance at UTC's Head Office at Independence Square, Port of Spain.
UTC strengthens community links on Day of Caring
May 27, 2016: UTC staff members joined forces and rolled up their sleeves on May 22, United Way's National Day of Caring, to play their role in the tidal wave of volunteerism.
Marking the fourth year the Corporation has participated in this event, over two hundred UTC volunteers banded together to spend time with the elderly, organise a day of fun for a group of children and cleaned up one of our favorite beaches. The outreach activities spanned the entire country with projects being executed in Port of Spain, Arima, Central, San Fernando and Tobago.
This year, the Investment Centres were split into five teams tasked with diverse projects. Volunteers from the Arima and Sangre Grande investment centres spent the day at the Charles Pius Rigsby Home for the Aged. The volunteers brought smiles to the elderly as they engaged and socialised with the residents.
Volunteers from the Chaguanas and Couva area spent their Sunday organising and putting on a Day of Fun Under the Sun for the children of Ezekiel Home for Abandoned Children. The children had the chance to spend time with volunteers creating arts and craft, playing in outdoor games and received assistance with their homework. Sixty-one staff volunteers from the Port of Spain and One Woodbrook Place Investment Centres made their way down to Chaguaramas to do their part for the environment, coordinating a successful beach clean-up.
San Fernando and Point Fortin Investment Centre staff volunteers visited the Vance River Village Roman Catholic School, where they lent a helping hand sprucing up the school, as they spent the day painting the outside walls and the school's guard booth. Our staff from the Tobago Investment Centre reached out to residents of neighbouring communities to educate them on the importance of cancer screenings, and who were encouraged to visit the Division of Health & The Bella Forma Foundation for prostate testing.
Staff voiced support for the initiatives and trumpeted the role volunteerism played in their communities. They continue to see their efforts as making a tangible contribution to making a positive change to people's lives.
A Fresh Look
UTC San Fernando and Point Fortin Investment Centre staff volunteers work together to spruce up the exterior of the Vance River Village Roman Catholic School as part of the National Day of Caring activities.
Quality time with Youth
Executive Director, Mr. Ian Chinapoo along with staff members from the Chaguanas/Couva Investment Centre enjoy a fun day of activities with children from the Ezekiel Home for Abandoned Children on the National Day of Caring.
UTC Volunteers are all smiles after completing cancer screening with residents of neighbouring communities in Tobago.
UTC volunteers separate the glass and plastic bottles during United Way's recycling drive.
UTC supports Red Cross Kiddies Carnival with $20,000
February 2nd 2016: Staff at the Unit Trust Corporation volunteered their time and brought smiles to the faces of the children attending Red Cross Kiddies Carnival held on Carnival Saturday at the Queen's Park Savannah.
Over five hundred children from twenty homes across the country were afforded the opportunity to witness the splendor, colour and creativity from the Grand Stand of the children's bands crossing the Savannah stage for Carnival 2016.
The annual event is pivotal to the Carnival calendar, with UTC once again collaborating with the Red Cross Committee on their diamond anniversary, to make memories with the children and their caretakers.
As part of UTC's commitment to supporting and contributing to the development and promotion of culture in Trinidad and Tobago, the Corporation made a financial contribution amounting to $20,000.00 to the event.
The UTC volunteers distributed gifts, food and drinks to the children, took them on the "drag" to get a close up of the bands and ensured they were engaged during the show.
"We made new friends and it was such a joy to see the children smiling and enjoying the show. It was truly a rewarding experience for me," said Samantha Baird, Supervisor, UTC Investment Centre, who played an active role as a volunteer during the event.
Baird, along with the other volunteers, expressed joy and spoke of having made a difference in getting the children immersed in the day's activities. They expressed the view that it was memorable and savoured the moments.
Chairperson of Red Cross Children's Carnival, Vindra Amar, was appreciative of the UTC's financial contribution. "I wish to especially thank the Unit Trust Corporation and their team of volunteers for their involvement at the event. The enthusiasm and hard work in supporting us with the Children's Homes brought a lot of joy and happiness to them." Also in attendance was Her Excellency Reema Carmona, as the Patron of the Red Cross who enjoyed the company of the children.
Earl Miller of Facilities Department poses with the children.
Children with team UTC are all smiles while looking at the bands crossing the stage.
Communications Manager, Rory Rostant presents UTC's sponsorship cheque to Marcelle Martinez, Prize Coordinator, Red Cross Children's Carnival.
UTC football clinic scores with Diego Martin North Secondary School
September,22 2015: The UTC Spartans Football team recently co-hosted a football clinic with the Loveuntil Foundation where they shared their expertise to a group of teenage boys from the Diego Martin North Secondary School, as part of a life skills training programme. Loveuntil is a non-governmental organisation that reaches out to groups in crisis to help empower and increase their life chances and steer their thought processes in a positive direction.
As part of UTC's commitment to supporting and contributing to youth development and building communities, the Corporation made a financial contribution amounting to $36,000.00 to this programme.
The football clinic kicked off with words of motivation by Philip Williams, UTC's Manager, Research, Investment, Research and Portfolio Management. He shared his experiences as a youth and the impact of making right decisions in the face of adversity. He urged the students to always believe in themselves and to stay focused in achieving their dreams.
This was followed by a football session, where captain of the UTC Spartans F.C, Captain Derrick Eve, demonstrated football techniques as well as advice on maintaining fitness and nutrition. Beyond helping the students improve their football skills, the clinic aimed to improve their self-esteem and encouraged them to maintain a positive lifestyle.
Dale Jones, Program Manager of the Loveuntil Foundation expressed his heartfelt thanks to the Corporation for the initiative and thanked the UTC team for their hard work, dedication, enthusiasm and passion to ensure that the clinic came off.
"The kids haven't stopped talking about it and I'm very grateful they had this opportunity. We at Loveuntil Foundation are always willing and prepared to assist in enhancing and empowering youth all across Trinidad and Tobago and we look forward to more opportunities with your team and your organisation to do just that," he said. The children will also undergo a financial planning seminar to further sharpen their knowledge on meeting their goals through wise saving and investing techniques.
Philip Williams, UTC Research Manager, makes a point to the group from Diego Martin North Secondary School.
UTC Spartans and the kids pose for a team shot. Each member from the team received a new football at the end of the clinic.
Neil Phillips, UTC Marketing Officer, hands over sponsorship cheque in the amount of $36,000 to Dale Jones, Program Manager of the Loveuntil Foundation.
Immense Returns from Social Investment
The Trinidad and Tobago Unit Trust Corporation's commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility embodies the promotion and development of communities within Trinidad and Tobago. Our active social investment covers the following areas: improving the standard of living, literacy and youth development, cultural enhancement and the promotion of healthy lifestyles.
With "sweat equity" and monetary contributions, we continue to build bridges, cultivate and cement relationships with organizations that have a profound and lifelong impact in the communities in which we operate.
Through this approach to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), every member of the UTC team gives of their time and expertise to make a positive difference in the lives of the people and our nation.
A look at UTC's Corporate Social Responsibility activities:
In celebration of its thirty-second anniversary, the Unit Trust Corporation donated 32 hampers to Kids In Need of Direction (KIND), a charitable foundation that provides assistance to children at risk throughout Trinidad and Tobago. KIND also supports the development of children through the pillars of education, nutrition, medical assistance, vocational training, emotional counselling and sport. UTC fully supports initiatives that aid in the development of at risk youths and provides support towards meeting their educational needs.
Trip to the Zoo: Members of Document Management and Electronic Distribution Channels took St. Dominic's children's home on a field trip to the Emperor Valley Zoo.
Movie time: Team members from One Woodbrook Place pose with children of Sophia House and St. Jude's Home for Girls.
Art Time: Team members had fun decorating coin banks with the children from the National Association for Down's Syndrome.
Team members from the Port of Spain and One Woodbrook Place Investment Centres participate in United Way's Day of Caring by sprucing up the exterior of the Richmond St. Boys Anglican School.
UTC volunteers do their part to upkeep our physical environment as they clean up the coastline at the Hart's Cut Bay, Chaguaramas.
The UTC team members show that they are advocates for health and fitness by participating in Carfin's marathon.
Environment energy: One of our Electronic Distribution Channels team member's brings her energy to the cleanup exercise.
Environmental awareness: Team member from Supply Chain Management teaches a camper the way to recycle plastics.
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