‘Mayaro’s mother’ Miss Patsy honored for her community service

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Patricia “Miss Patsy” Lezama was honored for her contributions to the Mayaro community. and Raymond Cozier, president of the Mayaro/Rio Claro Regional Corporation. – courtesy of Raymond Cozier

Patricia “Miss Patsy” Lezama, a Mayaro icon, turned 69 on Tuesday, March 14, six days after the Office of the President of the Mayaro/Rio Claro Regional Corporation honored her as part of the Mayaro Day celebration. Women’s International (JIF).

To mark the anniversary, company president Raymond Cozier joined several non-governmental organizations (NGOs), including the TT Rural Women Producers Network and the Spotlight Initiative, to honor him with a gift and a certificate for their contributions to the community.

Lezama, who is known as the “mother of Mayaro”, has been the head of the Mayaro scout group since 1985. She is credited with training thousands of people in the community. The group has a musical marching band. Members learn survival skills and learn to play multiple instruments.

After being honored, Lezama told Newsday that she was overjoyed and expressed her joy at helping past and present members of the group she calls her children.

“Always lend a hand. I’m proud of my children,” Lezama said, adding that many of them work in national security as soldiers and policemen.

Whenever young people seemed to be heading in the wrong direction, she tracked them down and gave them advice.

“From the moment people give up, I find them and talk to them. I felt like I was at some point in my life, so I know what they’re going through mentally. Everywhere I go, I advise people,” Lezama said. .

“People have to walk with their heads held high. I say to the girls, blessed are the women who work hard for their bobs (money). If we as women work for our money, we are not dependent on any man.”

Lezama has asked several companies for help with scouts over the years. She credited the now-defunct Amoco with giving the band their first sets of instruments.

She also praised BPTT, including Community Liaison Officer, Matthew Pierre, and Communications and Advocacy Advisor Joel Primus, for working with the group. BPTT offers a music training program.

Lezama was among three businesswomen, businesswomen Sunita Persad and Denice Dedier, of the Mayaro/Rio Claro region, whom the company honored during the JIF for their achievements. The theme of the JIF campaign is Break the
Bias.

In honoring Lezama, Cozier said the mother of four broke down prejudice from a young age. He recalled that Lezama faced many challenges and was raised at the Belmont Orphanage. She used to run away from the orphanage. She was also illiterate, but later learned to read.

“She also often sneaked into music class to listen and learn. Despite her challenges, Patricia showed the qualities of a natural leader. takes care of the younger children,” Cozier said. mentioned.

At 16, Lezama ran away and went to live with her father in Mayaro. However, due to her father’s illnesses, she lived on the streets of Port of Spain for three years in a cardboard box.

After the birth of her first child, she returned to Mayaro and has remained there ever since, volunteering with community groups and then leading the Scout group.

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