Four members of the Equal Opportunity Commission were sworn in yesterday by President Anthony Carmona.
A fifth member of the commission who is a prominent attorney has not been appointed since he is out of the country.
The commissioners are Vice Chairman Dr Beverly Beckles, Dr. Indira Rampersad, Eric Cowie and James Chin Chuck.
Dr. Beverly Ann Marie Beckles is well known as an advocate for greater inclusion of the differently-abled into mainstream society. With four decades in the NGO sector and 32-years in the field of disability, Dr. Beckles has a wealth of experience in service to a demographic which is at times both woefully marginalized and misunderstood. Dr. Beckles is the Chief Executive Officer of the National Centre for Persons with Disabilities (NCPD). This centre has grown from a 25-person sheltered workshop to a well-established vocational rehabilitation training and employment agency catering to over 250 persons with various abilities. For her work, Dr. Beckles has received several acknowledgements not least of which are that of being the first recipient of the Inter-American Development Bank’s Award for Social Entrepreneurship in 1999.
Dr. Indira Rampersad has been involved in education both here and abroad for over 25 years. She has experience in the fields of history, English, Spanish, comparative politics, business, and international relations. This is apparent in the columns she pens for the Trinidad Guardian and Trinidad Express newspapers where she brings her sharp insight to bear on a wide range of issues. Dr. Rampersad has produced numerous conference papers and moderated on a wide range of topics over the years. She has also served as an Electoral Observer for the Organisation of American States to El Salvador and Grenada.
Mr. Eric Colin Cowie is a retired career banker and former general manager of RBTT Tobago, with over 35 years of experience in the financial sector. He has served the people of Trinidad and Tobago in numerous positions with RBTT Bank and then RBC Royal Bank in places as varied as Siparia, Guayaguayare, Tobago and St Lucia. Over the years he developed skills in coaching, change management, communication and people development. These he put to good use as Vice president of the Tobago Hotel Association and the Pigeon Point Heritage Park, positions he held over the periods 2001-2003 and 2006-2013 respectively. Mr. Cowie is currently based in Tobago where he remains active in the community.
Mr. James Chin Chuck has spent over 20 years in the private sector working in positions ranging from accounting manager to Senior Product Specialist. He has experience in both the banking and manufacturing sectors steadily growing in capability over the years. Customer service is one of his strong points and is based in his belief that the customer deserves the best that companies can provide. He has a BSc in Management Specialization and is completing his MBA.