At the end of last year we let you know that, following the recent passing of Dr John Roberts and the death of Mrs Connie Mark BEM MBE in 2007, The Management Committee have selected 3 new members of the community to join Lord Paul Boateng as Patrons of Descendants.
- Sister Monica Tywang
- Lennox Thomas
- Camara Jessica Fearon
At the start of a new year – and a new era for Descendants -we’d like to take the time to introduce you to each of them and thank them sincerely for taking the time to lend their support.
First up, we welcome:
Sister Monica Tywang
Sister Monica Tywang is a Sister of the Daughters of Wisdom, who has devoted her life to serve others selflessly. Her many roles in the UK include being a nurse at La Sagesse Hospital, Blackpool and in Romney during the 1960s and 1970s.
For many years she has been engaged in pastoral work, particularly with people of Caribbean origin. Her major focus has always been with the poor, the elderly, the marginalized in areas of urban deprivation. Her work includes home visitations; assisting the unemployed to secure employment, for example, by assisting them in completing application forms, approaching Companies with them; attending Court with families where necessary; supporting families in organising baptisms, weddings, funerals, anniversaries, house Masses; assisting community groups in locating and securing resources; acting as a point of referral/liaison person between statutory bodies/agencies and many people of Caribbean origin; liaising with groups such as the Paddington Christian Council Hostel to assist the homeless in the 1980s; advising individuals and families on a variety of issues; acting as a mentor to young people of Caribbean origin.
Her involvement with the community has been wide-ranging and include:
- Honorary member of the Trinidad and Tobago Association, UK since the 1970s
- Vice-Chair of the Steel Band Association of Britain during the 1970s and 1980s
- Executive Member of the Notting Hill Council of Churches – building bridges between the police and members of the local community in the 1970s and 1980s
- Member of the Inner London Education Authority’s Consultative Committee on Black and Minority Ethnic Communities in the 1970s and 1980s
- Member of ‘Harmony’ – a supportive group for families of ‘mixed-race’ children in the 1970s and 1980s
- Member of the Consultative Group for RC Diocesan Social Welfare from 1978 to 1980
- Officer on the North Kensington Family Centre with responsibility to liaise with the community. She was involved in the day to day running of the centre, meeting outside bodies and so on – 1978- 1987
- Since 1979 she has been a key contributor to the development of Children’s Carnival in Notting Hill Carnival and has played a major role in bringing out a Children’s Band from St Mary’s RC School for many years
- Since the 1970s she has maintained the Catholic Church’s involvement in Notting Hill Carnival, for example, by organising a Carnival Mass at St Mary of the Angel’s RC Church, followed by a celebration in the Piazza outside the Church
- From 1980 to 1983 she was a member of the Executive member of the organising Committee for Notting Hill Carnival
- From 1982 to 1997 she was Vice-Chair of the Notting Hill Carnival Liaison Group
- During the 1980s she was a member of the Local Authority Sub-Committee on Community Relations
- During that period she was also one of the organisers of The Avenue Youth Club
- Since the 1980s she has been a member of North Westminster Victim Support Scheme
- Since the 1980s she has been a member of the Police Community Consultative Committee – established after Lord Scarman’s Report
- Since 1981 she has been a member of Friends of Mary Seacole. This organisation organises an annual Memorial Service in London to mark her life and her contribution to society.
A truly, truly remarkable woman, I’m sure you’ll all agree, and it really is a privilege to have her as Patron, supporting and inspiring our children and young people.
Coming soon: we meet Lennox Thomas and Camara Jessica Fearon.