Tobago Dwelling of Assembly (THA) Chief Secretary Farley Chavez Augustine is the Specific Person of the Year 2021.
The Specific panel of editors selected Augustine in accordance alongside with his extra special upward thrust in politics, which saw the annihilation of the an extended time-dilapidated Of us’s National Circulation (PNM) in Tobago by the 5-year-dilapidated Revolutionary Democratic Patriots (PDP) within the December 6 election, 14 seats to one. The victory ended the PNM’s 21-year defend on the THA.
Augustine, 36, deputy chief of the PDP, became within the frontline main the celebration within the lead-up to the election.
In a phone interview with the Specific the day before this day, Augustine talked about he became humbled and honoured by the award and expressed his gratitude to all who had been accountable for his upward thrust in politics.
He had one message for the folk of Trinidad and Tobago: stop the vitriolic assaults and appropriate love and admire one one more.
“I’m very humbled by it (Specific Person of the Year award), it’s no longer one thing I expected in any admire on condition that there are the kind of lot of diversified excellent people within the society. In actual fact the likelihood of a young man from rural Tobago being the country’s particular person of the year is thrilling and I appropriate feel very honoured and privileged,” he talked about.
“Me arriving at this stage is de facto credence to my people and the work that they’ve done. They are testomony to the teaching I got. I’ve additionally had some very perfect lecturers take care of Miss Janine, Miss Fefe and Miss Shirley. They had been reasonably instrumental in my life,” he added.
He talked about his life proves that as soon as the village in actuality locations its shoulder to its people there would perhaps be well-known success.
“The village of Speyside has to salvage your whole credit score to the place I’m this day,” he talked about.
Augustine first entered politics when he joined the Revolutionary Democratic Patriots (PDP) and efficiently contested the Parlatuvier/L’Anse Fourmi/Speyside THA seat in 2017.
From then onwards the folk saved re-electing him at their representative within the January 2021 THA election and all but again at the December 2021 polls.
Augustine talked about in 2017 he knew it became no longer the time but he knew commerce in Tobago would attain.
He talked about he below no circumstances envisaged main the team into victory but he became grateful for that blessing.
Requested what became his wish for 2022, Augustine talked about for the inhabitants to contain a more harmonious relationship with every diversified.
“We contain an acrimonious political nature and I survey people’s comments about the Prime Minister, about the Opposition Chief, about people in politics and it’s miles quite constantly very vitriolic and changeable. We must always be able to disagree with every diversified, contain diversified opinions about how issues must work and be shunned being so hateful in direction of with every diversified,” he talked about.
“My precise wish for 2022 is that we can disagree without being destructive,” he talked about, including that there wants to be love and admire for differing views.
Puzzled on how his time as THA Chief has been so a ways, Augustine noted that the PDP is heading into its first month in energy and it has been very “seek for-opening”.
He talked about there became an review on the place they are and what the wants are.
Augustine talked about in January the PDP-led THA will launch to roll out necessary programmes.
He talked about his request of the team is that they must stride after the “low-hanging fruits” first and handle points the kind of contract employment.
“The hallmark of any a hit leadership is de facto appropriate outcomes, nothing else. My goal as we stride into the fresh year is that we point of curiosity on achieving outcomes in our first year reasonably than enterprise. We are able to salvage it year by year,” he talked about.
He noted that PDP is now the country’s third-supreme political celebration.
Augustine identified that in 2015, PDP founder Watson Duke had unsuccessfully ran as an self reliant candidate within the THA election.
He identified that although Duke failed to bag at that point, he regained his deposit which became a fundamental for politics in Tobago – that somebody ran as an self reliant without the structure of a celebration and became ready to retrieve their deposit having secured ample votes.
He talked about in late 2016 the PDP became born and within the 2017 THA election the celebration became ready to salvage two seats with him profitable his and Duke profitable the Roxborough/Delaford seat.
“We had been called the take care of-up facet because we appropriate didn’t contain the roughly structure as our opponents had but by the time we got to 2021 Tobago had a celebration that grew, that matured, the folk saw leadership that became diversified, that became revolutionary and I imagine that’s what obtained us the election just a few weeks ago,” he talked about.
Duke recently talked about the PDP will contest every election in Trinidad and Tobago transferring ahead.
Requested about this, Augustine talked about this became the logical step.
“The PDP is now the third-supreme celebration within the country and so the logical step is to acquire out beyond Tobago. Trinbagonians need a fundamental measure of commerce. Many issues contain been tried and failed and so we’ll survey at what the folk need as we put collectively to acquire out the celebration. We would possibly per chance well even no longer obtain all of it done in a single stride but over time we surely will,” he talked about.
Love and marriage
On December 12, Augustine got married to Takyana Anna Nedd. Requested how became he taking half in his married life, Augustine talked about his family brings balance to his world.
“Family life has been my balance. I’m tickled I got married when I did, I deem that helps a lot with the stresses of the day, to achieve dwelling to an shimmering wife, who loves me and who I take care of. Additionally, presumably some correct fortune is that the reliable position of the Chief Secretary is no longer but ready so I’m collected living at dwelling. So I obtain to achieve dwelling to my father who lives upstairs, my wife who shares the downstairs with me and we obtain correct quality family time. My sister, niece and nephews, cousins stumble upon because they are living interior attain. What has benefited me for the closing month is the fortune of being ready to achieve dwelling to family and pals,” he talked about.
Augustine talked about it became additionally a satisfaction to exhaust Christmas and contain to take into accounta good time with the young people and the folk on this neighbourhood.
Taking an early morning dip within the ocean, positioned footsteps from his dwelling is constantly a pleasure and anchor for him.
“I’m appropriate so tickled and grateful for my family who contain been with me at the place to originate of all of this,” he talked about.
(Excerpts from first interview with the Specific as THA Chief Secretary on December 9).
Farley Augustine, a former college teacher from the agricultural fishing village of Speyside, started his tutorial proceed at pre-college in Speyside, then to the Speyside Anglican Predominant college.
Per benefit, he became moved from Common Two up to Common Four.
He then spent seven years at Bishop’s High College, a college additionally attended by Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley and Chief Justice Ivor Archie .
After secondary college Augustine worked with TSTT for two years developing neighborhood outreach centres following which he went to The UWI, Jamaica, to be taught about.
There, he ended up discovering out Linguistics as he fell in love with the science of language.
He talked about he shunned politics although he had a craving for it but it surely finally got right here to him.
“I needed to search out a free optional and the Dean of Humanities at the time, she placed me on this direction called Introduction to Political Philosophy and the direction became being taught by a gentleman named Dicky Crawford.”
In 2009, he needed to imagine whether he would stop in Jamaica or return dwelling.
“I within the waste chose to achieve serve dwelling with none assurances because I got from the THA at the time a grant of $30,000 for the direction of three years and the requirement became to work for the THA for twelve months. I felt that if my people funded my training in portion let me stride serve and be correct and give serve a year,” he talked about.
Work life ► sub head ◄
Augustine talked about he worked within the Training Division as a communication officer and he became then called to educate at the Speyside High college.
He taught English Language, English Literature, Caribbean Studies and Conversation Studies for seven years which he described as “essentially the most rewarding time of my life”. The college started a sixth invent programme and he started pushing college students to head to school.
Augustine talked about he became the main from his quick family to head to school and he wished others to contain that skills.
Then the name to politics got right here.
“In actual fact before all the pieces I resisted these calls, I before all the pieces talked about no to Mr (Watson) Duke. Before 2017 THA elections, I became called to race for the same old elections earlier than that and I rejected it,” he talked about.
He talked about he had travelled reasonably to London the place he carried college students to participate in a programme and they visited Westminster and understood the devolution of energy.
He additionally travelled to Jamaica the place he corrected CXC and CAPE papers after which went to Barbados.
Augustine talked about when he returned to Tobago he felt it became altering and crying out for one thing diversified and he made up our minds to affix the PDP.
“The PNM asked me to race in 2016, Tobago Forwards asked me to race in 2016, Christian Moore called, Orville London called, Tracy Davidson-Celestine called, but I made up our minds to head with PDP,” he talked about.
He talked about the PDP became the main political celebration he joined as his people had been contributors of the dilapidated NAR celebration.
Augustine talked about he chose the PDP because it became fresh his friendship with Duke grew from thereon.
Mentor: Arthur NR Robinson
Former president Arthur NR Robinson became one of Augustine’s political mentors on tale of all that he became ready to whole, coming from Tobago.
He noted Robinson served as Prime Minister, President, helped position up the World Legal Court and made landmark contributions at the United Worldwide locations.
Augustine says he is a voracious reader and his well-liked books contain A Long Toddle to Freedom by Nelson Mandela and Derek Walcott’s Midsummer, Tobago.
He talked about additionally enjoys VS Naipaul books.
Augustine talked about that he became moulded from young to stroll on the lawful direction by his father, Farley Augustine Snr.
“On daily foundation earlier than fundamental and secondary college my father would order me the same thing, ‘Junior within the occasion you permit dwelling salvage into consideration what you going for’. That speaks to motive. Toddle on the lawful facet of the toll road. That speaks to the proceed. Intervene and not using a one. That speaks to your relationship with people’,” he talked about.
He talked about his father additionally informed him to below no circumstances turn into an annoyance to people.