|L-R: Cherrone Mokund, Consul at the T&T Consulate in Toronto, Linda MacKenzie, Director Research and reference Libraries and High Commissioner Philip Buxo|
This book is a publication of the High Commission of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago that was published to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Independence of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar launched the book during her Official Visit to Canada in April 2013.
The book has details of the historic relationship that has existed between Canada and Trinidad and Tobago and tells the stories of many of the T&T Diaspora who have contributed significantly to their communities and professions in Canada.
The High Commission calls it "an inspirational collection of biographies that depict a common theme of discipline, production and tolerance" - the watchwords of Trinidad and Tobago."
The title of the book is based on the country’s National Motto, “Together we Aspire, Together we Achieve.”
In a brief address Buxo expressed his pride in representing "such a diverse and talented group of individuals who have added a unique Trini vibrancy to the multiculturalism of Canada, and have contributed, and continue to share their expertise, to the improvement of their communities, and to Canada."
Canada was one of the first countries to establish diplomatic relations with Trinidad and Tobago after Independence in 1962.
Today, both countries share bilateral relations covering a wide spectrum of sectors including trade, education, science and technology, security, culture, environment, sport and health.
They also share common values including democracy, defence of human rights and freedom of press. But most importantly, Trinidad and Tobago and Canada are forever connected and strengthened by their Diaspora.