Paul Keens Douglas gave an outstanding performance, to the delight of an enthusiastic and appreciative crowd at a function organized in his honour, at the Annandale Golf Club in Ajax, Ontario, on Saturday 18 May.
At the special event organized by The Character Training and Development Institute of Canada (CTDIC), and attended by many friends and supporters, Paul was honoured with an award recognizing his achievements as Trinidad &Tobago’s current Poet Laureate, a renowned humourist, author and leading exponent of the Caribbean oral tradition.
The award was presented to the artist by Jennifer Hosten, the Grenadian born 1970 Miss World, and formerly Grenada’s High Commissioner to Canada.
The event recognized the tribute to Paul made at ceremony in Trinidad coordinated by the Circle of Poets of Trinidad and Tobago and the National Library Information System Authority (NALIS), at which the President of Trinidad and Tobago “honoured and celebrated (Paul) as a man, who for some 40 years has been telling our stories in a very defining way, that makes us laugh, smile and even cry in the celebration of us as a people. He is our leading exponent of the oral tradition. Yes, this great Poet, Paul Keens Douglas with his chronicles of West Indian life and culture through his strategic, well thought out and informed use of language, intonation, dialect, cultural slangs, norms and characterisations; Tantie Merle, Vibert (Vi-butt), Tim Tim, Slim and Tall Boy to name a few.”
The guests were also entertained by a cool Trinidadian crooner Winston Alfonso, and the Master of ceremonies Derek Clarke. Paul’s wife Marilyn, along with their daughter Tara, were also welcomed guests at the event.
From the Desk of the Poet Laureate