Through a unanimous decision the Caribbean Conference of Churches (CCC) was selected to be the recipient of the International Service Award from the National Coalition on Caribbean Affairs (NCOCA).
The Award is given to a person or entity who has worked at international level and whose work at that level has been beneficial to the Caribbean Region.
The CCC is the recognised Regional Ecumenical Organisation and is made up 34 different Christian churches in 33 Caribbean territories across the Dutch, English, French and Spanish speaking territories of the region. Founded in 1973, the CCC has been serving the people of the Region through its various programmatic initiatives and other mechanisms.
Over the years the CCC has had many signal achievements, including the training of journalists through the Communicarib Training Programme in Barbados; the formation of the Rape Crisis Centre in Trinidad and the establishment of what has now developed into the Caribbean Tourism Organization in Barbados.
The CCC continues to take a leading role in development in the region, with its cluster of human-development programmes, otherwise known as Priority Regional Initiatives. Among the main foci of these programmes are Drug Demand Reduction, Youth & Family Life Development, and the HIV/AIDS Response.
NCOCA consists of a number of organisations and individuals throughout the United States who work together to promote the interests of Caribbean communities within the Caribbean Region and the USA. The organisation also works closely with counterparts in Canada, the United Kingdom (UK), Europe and Latin America.
The contribution of CCC President, Dr. Oluwakemi Linda Banks was also recognised by NCOCA, who awarded Dr. Banks with the special Pinnacle Award.
The Pinnacle Award is an award given to a person of Caribbean birth or parentage who has achieved and maintained excellence in his/her field of activity over a protracted period of time.
The awards will be presented to the CCC at a special Awards Banquet which will be held at the Hilton Hotel, Maryland on October 8th 2006. The theme for this year’s Award Ceremony is Caribbean Images 2006: Religion and Development.
Among some former recipients of NCOCA’s awards have been, Professor Rex Nettleford, former Vice Chancellor of the University of the West Indies, Sir George Alleyne, Director of the Pan American Sanitary Bureau of the Pan American Health Organisation, The Honourable Colin Powell, former U.S. Secretary of State and Sir Garfield Sobers, West Indies cricket icon.
CCC’s General Secretary, Mr Gerard Granado and CCC President Dr. Oluwakemi Linda Banks attended the function.