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Carib Queen – Jennifer Cassar

Mrs. Jennifer Cassar was born on the 4th August 1951 at Malabar, Arima to Nicholasa Lara-Pile and Rawie Pile. She is the first of five children.

Her ancestral line is quite deep. She descended from the full Carib bloodline through her maternal great-great-grandparents – Jose and Annicasia Lara (nee Lopez); great-grandmother Maria Chichita Lara and grandfather Pablito Lara also called Hubert De Franc. Her paternal grandmother was also of full Amerindian blood from Guyana.

She is a member and Assistant Secretary of the Santa Rose First Peoples Carib Community and is a practicing Roman Catholic who has lived the Carib way of life through her maternal grandparents who lived a strict Carib life by being heavily involved in the Santa Rosa Festival.

Mrs. Cassar represented the Santa Rosa First Peoples Carib Community at the 3rd Indigenous Leaders Summit of the Americas in Panama City, Panama in April of 2009. In December of that year, she participated in a Seminar on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples of the Caribbean at the Hotel Marriot, Port of Spain, Trinidad.

She has been a member of the Cabinet-Appointed Amerindian Project Committee since 2007. Mrs. Cassar has been a cultural activist for over twenty years and is a member of the Regional Carnival Committee of the National Carnival Commission with responsibility for coordinating National Stickfighting Competitions.

She joined the Public Service of Trinidad and Tobago in 1971 and has served this country for the past forty years. She has worked in several Ministries including Education, Community Development, Culture, Sports, Health and the Judiciary. She is also a certified Home Health Care Worker.

She is married to Mr. Augustin Cassar, a retired School Principal and Cadet Force Officer and is the mother of Vanessa Cassar-Blakely and John Cassar.

Her aim as Carib Queen is to fulfill the previous Carib Queen Valentina Medina’s unfulfilled wish of seeing a united flourishing indigenous community by encouraging those who are of Carib ancestry to return and become more fully involved in the community to further its development.

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