The National Carnival Commission of Trinidad and Tobago (NCC) joins with the nation in remembering the life of Jennifer Cassar – beloved Carib Queen, organiser, and cultural pioneer – who died on July 19, 2018.
Cassar is widely lauded as a smiling, kind-hearted leader who worked alongside her community to organise events such as last year’s grand celebration for the First Peoples Public Holiday. Additionally, she has been an invaluable contributor and guiding figure in the Annual Arima Fest celebrations, Santa Rosa Festival, and First People’s Heritage Week.
Cassar would also have a tremendous impact in an area outside of First Peoples’ empowerment movement. She is also fondly remembered for her work in bringing Stick Fighting to the fore and her tireless energy in giving the artform the respect and recognition it so rightly deserves.
Remembering Cassar’s legacy and invaluable contributions, NCC Chairman, Winston “Gypsy” Peters said, “We, at the Commission, are deeply touched by her passing.”
“Those of us privileged to work with Jennifer will remember her most for her boundless energy, her insight and no nonsense approach to getting things done; regardless if it were preserving and empowering the Santa Rosa First Peoples’ community or leading the charge for the advancement of our beloved cultural artform, Stick Fighting, Jennifer’s passion and resolve always shone bright.”
“Forever grateful to have had Jennifer at our side, we join with the nation in remembering Jennifer Cassar; extending our sincerest condolences to her family and the communities that loved her during this most difficult time,” Peters said.
“We have lost another icon of the field, and just like those who have gone before her, Jennifer will truly be missed,” he added.