Visit from Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago- September 20, 2013

Visit from Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago- September 20, 2013

On Friday, September 20, Brock University welcomed a delegation from Port-of-Spain, the capital city of Trinidad and Tobago, led by Mayor Louis Lee Sing. The delegates came to St. Catharines in honour of the 45th Twinning Anniversary between the cities of St. Catharines and Port-of-Spain.

Dr. Jack Lightstone, President & Vice-Chancellor, and Kim Meade, Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President, Student Services welcomed the delegation at the Schmon Tower. Meghan Connolly and Victoria Maxmen, from Recruitment & Liaison Services, guided the delegation on a campus tour. The delegates had an opportunity to taste grapes from the Niagara Region as they passed through Brock’s Annual “Grape Stomp.”

After the tour, the delegates attended a formal welcome reception with Dr. Lightstone.

“We are very proud of playing a role in the Twinning of our two cities,” said Dr. Lightstone, who also spoke about the four-year Twinning Scholarship that is offered to one incoming student from Trinidad and Tobago each year.

“Being here at Brock University will be fondly remembered by me,” said Mayor Lee Sing. “I will tell everyone I meet about Brock, for this morning provided great insight into what you do here”.

During the reception, the delegates also had the opportunity to meet with faculty and staff including:

Kim Meade, Vice-Provost and Associate-Vice-President, Student Services
Dr. David Vivian, Associate Professor and Scenographer, Department of Dramatic Arts
Dr. Gregory Betts, Director, Centre for Canadian Studies, Graduate Program Director, Canadian and American Studies, Associate Professor, English Language and Literature
Sheila Young, Director & International Liaison Officer, Brock International
Jade Bowie, International Affairs Assistant, Brock International
Christina Bosilo, Manager, International Learning Programs, International Services & Programs Abroad
Koreen McCullough, Exchange & Study Abroad Advisor, International Services & Programs Abroad
Sandra Gruosso, Manager, International Recruitment Services, International Market Development
Zi Wang, Events & Protocol Assistant, Brock International
Peter Garrett, Communications Assistant, Brock International

Later, some Trinidadian students who are studying at Brock dropped in to speak to Mayor Lee Sing and the delegates. The delegates had a pleasant conversation with the students. The students who were able to attend included several of the Twinning Scholarship Recipients.

The next day, during St. Catharines Mayor Brian McMullan’s Civic Ceremony, Grape Stomp, and Formal Reception in recognition of the 45th Anniversary of the Twinning at Montebello Park, Mayor Lee Sing commented that the visit to Brock was impressive and he was touched by the hospitality of the faculty and staff. 

See also:

Delegation from St. Catharines Sister City Visits Brock (Brock News)

St. Catharines Love for Twin City Still Strong 45 Years After Tying the Knot


Delegates from Port-of-Spain enjoying some locally grown grapes on their campus tour.


Dr. Lightstone presenting Mayor Lee Sing with ice wine on behalf of the University.


Brock students from Trinidad and Tobego.


The Port-of-Spain delegation.