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From Chancellor to Commander-in-Chief

Friday, January 19, 2018

“Our loss is the country’s gain.”

So said Anglican Bishop Claude Berkley about the nomination of Justice Paula-Mae Weekes as the sixth President of T&T.

In the local Anglican community, Weekes is known as a teacher, mentor and Chancellor, providing advice on canon law and helping guide and keep the church on course. This is a little-known side of the woman who will today be elected as the country’s sixth President.

Bishop Berkley said Weekes has been a member of the Anglican church all her life “and a very active one at that.”

Commenting on her nomination he said: “I think she would do a good job at whatever the job requires. We know she gets about her business and is not into frivolity. We expect her to do her very best and are elated that she has been selected.”

Berkley said Weekes served as Chancellor, the top legal officer in the Anglican Church, for 20 years.

“She has been guiding us in terms of the canon law of the church and she did a good job. We have benefited tremendously from her guidance.”

He said Weekes was also superintendent of the Sunday School at the All Saints Anglican Church where she assisted in guiding young people.

Weekes, who lectured in ethics at the Hugh Wooding Law School, also brought some of that expertise to the church through legal education for adults, Berkley said.

“She helps to keep us relevant and stimulating,” he added.

Whether Weekes will continue to be as active in the church after she assumes office depends on what her role will allow, Berkley said.

“It may well be that she may want to continue to help keep her balance and so on. We await the process and what happens after.”


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