Changing of the ‘Leaves’ for the Guardian Life Wildlife Trust

New trustees for the Guardian Life Wildlife Trust


TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO, W.I. (March 23, 2006) – The Guardian Life Wildlife Fund has appointed a Patron, a new Chairman and three new trustees to join in its thrust towards the conservation and preservation of the environment and its habitat.








Photo caption:  The trustees of the Guardian Life Wildlife Fund– Seated (left to right) – Patron Zalayhar Hassanali, Chairman Dr. Carol James, trustee Maria Rivas-Mc MillanStanding (left to right) – trustees Gerard Pinard, Irwin Joseph, Alex de Verteuil, Richard Lawrence, Janice Hernandez and Dr. Howard Nelson.

Photo caption:  The trustees of the Guardian Life Wildlife Fund–


Seated (left to right) – Patron Zalayhar Hassanali, Chairman Dr. Carol James, trustee Maria Rivas-Mc Millan


Standing (left to right) – trustees Gerard Pinard, Irwin Joseph, Alex de Verteuil, Richard Lawrence, Janice Hernandez and Dr. Howard Nelson.


In 1992, when the independent trust was established, former President of the Republic, Noor Hassanali and his wife, Zalayhar, were the first to contribute.  It followed that Mrs. Hassanali would immediately accept the role as Patron when approached by the trust


Dr. Carol James is the newly appointed Chairman. She is a biologist and policy specialist with twenty five years of experience in several Caribbean, African and Pacific countries and a former United Nations senior advisor on environment and development.     She takes over the reins from well-known biologist Professor Julien Kenny, who retired from the post in 2005.


The other members of the Guardian Life Wildlife Trust include:  Janice Hernandez, co-founder and Director of CRESTT (the Centre for Rescue of Endangered Species of Trinidad and Tobago) and author of children’s stories with environmental themes; Documentary filmmaker, Alex de Verteuil whose themes primarily centre around wildlife, conservation and anthropological  issues;  Dr. Howard Nelson, Chief Executive Officer and Conservation Manager of the Asa Wright Nature Centre;  Irwin Joseph, Forestry Advisor to the Minister of Public Utilities and the Environment; Richard Lawrence, Marketing and Corporate Communications Manager at Guardian General Limited;  GHL’s Group Vice President, Corporate Communications, Maria Rivas-Mc Millan and Gerard Pinard, GHL’s Group Vice President, Corporate Resources.



About The Guardian Life Wildlife Fund


Established in 1992 as an independent trust, The Guardian Life Wildlife Fund’s mandate is to support projects that seek to preserve and conserve the rich wildlife heritage of Trinidad and Tobago. By raising public awareness of ecological issues, and by working closely with environmentalists in the field, the Fund aims to help secure the ecological future of the nation for generations to come.


Through seed financing, ongoing administrative functions and the matching of funds raised through various activities, Guardian Life contributes to environmental stewardship and the drive for sustainable development in Trinidad and Tobago. 


Visit www.glwildlife.org for more information.