The Naparima Alumni Association of Canada was founded in Toronto
in 1978. Its regular membership consists of past students and staff
of seven institutions established by Canadian Presbyterian missionaries
who began their work in Trinidad in 1868. These institutions are
Hillview College, Iere High School, Naparima College, Naparima Girls’
High School, Naparima Teachers’ Training College, St. Andrew’s
Theological College and St. Augustine Girls’ High School.
There is also constitutional provision for Associate memberships.
We support our alma mater schools through annual funding for student
awards, bursaries and classroom and library resources and equipment.
Special projects also receive financial support.
The funding for our associated Trinidad schools comes from the
net proceeds of a variety of events such as dinner/dances, tea parties
One of the aims of the Association is to provide an avenue for
educational and cultural interaction with the society at large.
In achieving this aim we provide financial support and expertise
for various activities in Ontario. These include bursaries for graduating
high school students, funding for the purchase and maintenance of
steelpan instruments used in Toronto-area schools’ music programmes,
donations to libraries, hospitals and churches and to various charities.
We also organize and run community-oriented programs such as steelpan
classes and educational and topical workshops.
Naparima Alumni Association of Canada is a registered Ontario non-profit
corporation. The income derived from licensed bingo sessions forms
the basis of support for programmes in Ontario.
The Naparima Alumni Association was born at a meeting on April
8, 1978 at the Head Office of The United Church of Canada on St.
Clair Avenue. This meeting was actually supposed to launch the Naparima
College Old Boys’ Association, Toronto Chapter. During discussion
concerning the “form” of the organization we wished
to have, a proposal was made from the floor that we create a broader
based alumni association that would reflect “our Canadian
reality”. This suggestion was accepted and thus the NAAC was
The following sequence of events leading up to the birth of the
NAAC helps to put the age of the organization in perspective.
- October 25, 1976 – a letter was received by Steve Ramsankar
from the secretary of the Naparima College Old Boys’ Association
granting him the authority to establish Canadian chapters.
- May 14, 1977 – 16 former students of Naparima College
met to discuss the formation of a chapter of the “Old Boys”
in Toronto; a motion was passed supporting this and a working
committee was established to implement the motion.
- March 4, 1978 – 50 “Old Boys” attended an
Inaugural Banquet at the Hotel Triumph
- April 8, 1978 – “Old Boys” association transformed
into the “NAPARIMA ALUMNI”
- April 22, 1978 – 1st Executive Meeting of the NAPARIMA
Steve’s request to the Old Boys’ Association in San
Fernando led to the letter of October 25, 1976. This started the
chain of events leading to the formation of the NAAC.
Presidents of NAAC
1977-78 Merlin Seukeran /Fred Thornhill
1978-79 Fred Thornhill
1979-80 Harold Naphtali
1980-81 Howard Sammy
1981-82 Milton Moonah
1982-83 Rawle Narayansingh
1983-84 Harold Naphtali
1984-85 Kelvin Shah
1985-86 Arthur Siblal
1986-87 Deleisha Ali
1987-88 Ralph Shah
1988-89 Howard Sammy
1989-90 Fulton Seunarine
1990-91 Arthur Siblal
1991-92 Ian Ramdial
1992-93 Mohan Bissoondial
1993-94 Rustin Oree
1994-95 Rustin Oree
1995-96 Stanley Algoo
1996-97 Ian Ramdial
1997-98 Risel Maharaj
1998-99 Stanley Algoo
1999-00 Selwyn Baboolal
2000-01 Imogen Foster-Algoo
2001-02 Cynthia Ramdeen
2002-03 Ian Ramdial
2003-04 Norma Ramsahai
2004-05 Risel Maharaj/Merle Ramdial
2005-06 Vitra Mungal
2006-07 Selwyn Baboolal
2007-08 Selwyn Baboolal
2008-09 Merle Ramdial
2009-10 Merle Ramdial
2010-11 Merle Ramdial
2011-12 Merle Ramdial
2012-13 Merle Ramdial
2013-14 Merle Ramdial
2014-15 Cynthia Ramdeen
2015-16 Ian Ramdial
2016-17 Merle Ramdial