I am sure that you will agree with me that we are punching way above our weight as an organization with very little financial resources. The work we do give real expression to the term “mi likkle but mi talawa”. One thing I am certain, we have in abundance is hope and expectation. This has become part of our spring-board which as enabled us to launch a number of significant pieces of work.
As chairman and founding member of FOTC, I am extremely proud of our achievements, especially our supplementary education and mentoring programs, since inception over 12 years ago. With four of my five children benefitting from tertiary study and the youngest still in high school, education has always been important to us. Today we can claim a graduate from LSE at Master's Level, a child at Medical school with the other two at Drama and Vet schools. I work tirelessly to ensure they understand and appreciate their Caribbean heritage.
One of the founders of FOTC and proud of our existence, resilience and relevance to continue serving the local and wider communities; its doors are open to everyone. Our schools, workplaces and country increasingly consists of various cultural, racial and ethnic groups, so we need to have a level of understanding about each other in order to work together. There’s value when we can help a child to attend their chosen school, mentor disadvantaged children and the elderly to access services. I care too much to sit back and do nothing.
Ivan Palmer ( My father)
Lay minister, College Lecturer, Radio presenter and Neuro linguistic practitioner; Bertram Reid has always found himself in the business of personal change and transformation; whether in Church, education, or in his personal life. 15 years’ experience as a mentor and ran mentoring programmes, in schools, churches, prisons, youth offending services as well as running programmes targeting young people at risk of serious youth crime.
Volunteered with Friends of the Caribbean for the past two years. I joined because the aims and objectives subscribe to my philosophical values and beliefs of helping a wide range of people. Sits on the Membership Committee and work with a group of committed individuals who are passionate about shaping the organisation through a strong community base connection. I am also involved in governance.
I am a MK based photographer, with a love of people, community and stories we all have to tell. This being reflected in my photography and the projects I undertake. For me FOTC is more than just an organisation, it is a family membership focused on the successful outcomes for its members, local community and Milton Keynes.
― Maya Angelou
I am Full of energy, passion and positivity. Also, a people person who sees the best in others and enjoy helping them seeing the best in themselves. Diversity in the community is important to me, therefore FOTC and the work it does in the Milton Keynes community formed my decision in supporting the charity.
I am one of the founding members of FOTC and it is an honor to be part of a strong and vibrant association. As a mother of 4 children and a grandmother of 5 grandchildren, I strongly believe in Education, Health, Community and Diversity. FOTC has this passion and desire. Developing our Supplementary School, Mentoring Team and reaching out to the community
"Health - Is a state fo complete harmony of the body, mind, and spirit
"Community - Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much
"Diversity - The Art of thinking independently together.
A confident, well-balanced individual with extensive administrative and secretarial experience at senior management level; showing enthusiasm and initiative in all aspects of work. Being positive and outgoing allows her to communicate her knowledge clearly and precisely.