On July 19, 2016, the Massy
Foundation (Trinidad and Tobago) welcomed its newest member, Earl Boodasingh. Earl, or ‘Buddha’, as he’s affectionately
known, has had an extensive career with the Massy Group, spanning 37
years. He retired earlier this year and
has been focused on his other personal interests including leadership
development, executive coaching, improving organizational performance,
mindfulness, yoga, fitness and somatics.
Earl is no stranger to the work
of the Massy Foundation. On many
occasions, he has given of his time and talent to coach and develop young men
who have participated in the Foundation’s flagship Corporate Social
Responsibility Project, the Boys to Men Programme – a community-focused,
leadership development programme for young men.
Earl is deeply passionate about
mentoring young people and helping them realize their full potential. He has also mentored many Massy leaders,
across the Group.
According to Earl, “I believe in finding ways of encouraging
and motivating young people to contribute to their communities. I am a big believer in the concept of ‘it
takes a village to raise a child’ but in reality, the village is now virtual
and technology has, in many instances, replaced human contact, connection and
community. The village is vital and we
have to find ways to strike a balance so that we don’t lose community spirit.”
About the Massy Foundation
The Massy Foundation is the
Corporate Social Responsibility and Philanthropic arm of the Massy Group. In Trinidad and Tobago it was established in
1979, funded by the contributions of Trinidad and Tobago-based
subsidiaries. The Massy Foundation is committed
to social development, through poverty alleviation, youth development as well
as the advancement of education, religion, arts and culture and other key
areas. In addition to offering
scholarships, awarding disbursements to NGOs and contributing to special social
projects, the Massy Foundation has also funded the Rites of Passage: Boys to
Men Programme for the past 10 years.
The Board members are Gaston
Aguilera (Chairman), Angela Hamel-Smith, David O’Brien, Gregory Sloane-Seale,
Hugh Henderson, Sandra Welch-Farrell, Keith De Freitas, Phillip Hamel-Smith and
Earl Boodasingh, all of whom are ably supported by the Board’s secretary, Gem
In 2015, the Massy Foundation was
also established in Barbados.