From left: Shana Brewster, Library Assistant, Pearl McMaster-Mason, senior librarian and college students.

The St. Vincent and the Grenadines Community College will benefit from a gift of 1,000 books through the philanthropic efforts of a group of Ontario-based Vincentians affiliated with a Canadian charitable organisation known as the Relief, Education and Medical Assistance Organization of Ontario (SVG REMA).

The mandate of the organisation is to foster and promote relief, education and medical assistance to SVG Nationals.

In the past, SVG REMA has made donations to flood relief efforts in SVG, and during 2014 the organisation established a music scholarship through the Methodist Church in Kingstown in memory of the late Pat Prescod.

The scholarship is to be given to an underprivileged child.

More recently, SVG REMA facilitated the establishment and administration of a bank account on behalf of the various SVG organisations in Toronto towards their relief efforts in assisting SVG following the unexpected destructive weather system of Christmas 2013. In the diaspora, SVG REMA has provided financial support to families in medical crisis situations.

This is the second time that SVG REMA has donated books to the SVG Community College. The current set of books covers a wide range of disciplines such as health, mathematics, sociology, business, and computer sciences.

SVG REMA obtained the books as a gift from Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontario. Shipment of the books to St. Vincent was paid for by the Toronto-based company Superior Medical, which, over many years, has donated medical supplies and services to St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

The books have arrived and have been processed at the College’s Library.