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Successful 2021 Virtual Alumni Retreat

UWIAA Presidents and Contacts, as well as Executive members met with the Director of Alumni Relations and the Campus Alumni Officers on Feb 6, 2021 to discuss the successes and challenges of the past year and look towards increasing engagement in the coming year. The COVID-19 pandemic caused a pivot to the virtual world in order to provide alumni relations programming. Myriad resources and methods were used to successfully engage graduates in line with The UWI’s Triple “A” goals of Access, Alignment and Agility.

The Agenda follows for your information:

UWI STAT Open Campus Footprints Campaign

The UWI Students Today Alumni Tomorrow (STAT) Open Campus Corps’ Footprints Day activity in Dominica was successful and an Open Campus student received much needed financial assistance to help as he pursues his undergraduate degree in Secondary Education (Mathematics) in the Faculty of Humanities and Education.

New agriculture chief appointed in Barbados

The first female and youngest ever Chief Agricultural Officer, Ms. Keeley Holder, was appointed to the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security of Barbados on February 1, 2021. She holds a BSc. in Biology and Computer Science from The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Crop Production and Water Management from Galilee College, Israel.

Vareen Vanterpool-Nibbs now Registrar of the High Court- British Virgin Islands

Effective February 15, 2021, UWI Cave Hill alumna and experienced legal professional Mrs. Vareen Vanterpool-Nibbs will be the Registrar of the High Court. She will be responsible for ensuring that the court’s administration operates in an efficient and effective manner and in keeping with the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court’s procedures and rules.

“RENAISSANCE MAN” Professor The Honourable Rex Nettleford

Bookmark this page and join us on February 3, 2021 at 7:00 P.M. to view “RENAISSANCE MAN”.

UWIAA Florida Chapter member encourages PPE Donation

UWI Alumnus and UWIAA Florida Chapter Member, Mr. Donat Grant, who is also the President Missions for Health (M4H), was thanked by the School of Dentistry at The UWI Mona for the Missions for Health (M4H) donation of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), as the students are truly appreciative of the organization’s generosity.

The items included:

Order of Ontario bestowed on UWI Alumna Rosemary Moodie

The Honourable, Senator Rosemary Moodie – Toronto, was appointed to the Order of Ontario by The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario and Chancellor of the Order of Ontario. The province’s highest honour recognizes individuals whose exceptional achievements have a lasting legacy in the province, in Canada and beyond.

Medical Alumni – assisting through the 1948 Society

In 2020, the 1948 Society continues to assist medical students and in 2020 awarded scholarships valued at a total of US$14,000.00

The 1948 Society was launched at the UWI Medical Alumni Association (UWIMAA) Reunion in Nassau in November 2003. The newly installed UWI Chancellor Sir George Alleyne endorsed the 1948 Society and made the first donation of US$1,000.00.

UWIAA CHTM 2021 New Year’s Lime

On Saturday January 9, 202, the UWIAA CHTM group kicked off the year with a virtual Lime via Zoom. We got started at 8:30 PM AST Time and continued well into the night finally wrapping up going on 11:00 PM within the same time zone. 

Richard Blades reporting for UWIAA CHTM: 

Congratulations Class of 2020

Our newest UWI graduates were celebrated in ceremonies across the region from Jan 10 – 15th. The UWI Graduation season also included for the first time the Five Islands Campus in Antigua and Barbuda. Six women have made history as the first graduates  from The UWI’s newest campus which was established in 2019. They joined thousands across the regional university graduating this month in ceremonies rescheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr Allen leading the fight against COVID-19

The Toronto Star reports that U of T researchers will track the demographics of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Click the link to read more about Dr Allen's role in fighting COVID-19!


The 2020 Annual General Meeting was held via Zoom for public health purposes. 

A tribute to Dr Garth Smith was made by Dr Moodie, recognising his work in developmental paediatrics and especially his work with the First Nations people of Canada.

Dr Moodie presented the award virtually and Dr Smith accepted it and expressed gratitude. 


Dr Winston Gittens's outstanding career was summarised by Dr Joe Butchey and Dr Gittens was presented with the UWIMAA Canada's Dinstinguished Service Award at our Annual General Meeting on May 5th 2019. 

Dr Gittens has had an amazing career as a Neurosurgeon and Administrator having completed several physician management courses, with contributions across Canada from Nova Scotia, to Newfoundland to British Columbia and Ontario. 

UWIMAA Canada's Distinguished Service Award 2018 goes to Dr Tex Kissoon

Dr Tex Kissoon Distinguished Service Awardee 2020

The UWIMAA Canadian Chapter Distinguished Service Award 2018 was presented to Dr Tex Kissoon for his excellence in medical service and research in Global Health

The award was presented at our Annual General Meeting 2018 by Dr Upton Allen to Dr Niranjan Tex Kissoon- UWI MBBS Class of 1978.

His work and research in global health and critical care in low- and middle-income countries has been influential and is based on health inequities globally.

Dr Kissoon is:

Investigator, BC Children's Hospital

Executive Medical Director, C&W Global Health

Greg Hazle

UWI Pelican Greg Hazle in the Palm Beach 100 is one of Palm Beach county’s most influential leaders.

Google Doodle Recognition

Google celebrates Sir W. Arthur Lewis today! A lauded economist, Sir Arthur was a Nobel Prize Laureate (1979) and The UWI’s first Vice-Chancellor. His legacy surrounds pioneering research in economic growth and development, particularly involving developing countries.

UWI Mona Law and Howard Law’s Scholarly Writing Exchange

On November 10, 2020, five students from UWI Mona Law and Howard Law participated in a Scholarly Writing Exchange where they presented on the scholarly papers they are working on. 

This exchange is a part of the Howard-UWI student exchange.  The idea was conceived by PVC Bernal and later memorialized in the UWI/Howard Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2017; a list of the students who participated in Virtual Scholarly Exchange follows below.  Dr Ramona Biholar (UWI) and Professor ShaShana Crichton (Howard) organized the event and served as commentors.  


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