Social Responsibility

Awards for Excellence

The Anthony N Sabga Caribbean Awards for Excellence (ANSCAFE) is now the English-speaking Caribbean’s leading recognition programme in Arts, Sciences, and Public and Civic Work. The ANSA McAL Foundation launched this Awards Programme in October 2005.

The Awards are made in three areas: Arts & Letters, Science & Technology, and Public & Civic Contributions. Up to 2010, they were made biennially, but in 2011 the Caribbean Awards for Excellence became an annual event. Since 2006, when the first laureates were named, four sets of laureates have been presented with prizes: in 2006, 2008, 2010, and 2011 in ceremonies at the Hilton, Trinidad.

The goal of the ANSA Caribbean Awards for Excellence is to recognize significant Caribbean achievement, to encourage and to support the pursuit of excellence by Caribbean persons, for the benefit of the region. The ANSA McAL Foundation is convinced that talent needs to be sought out, brought to light and encouraged. It is in this context that these Awards were conceived.

This is the first such recognition programme of its kind. It is privately funded, free of political and other influence, and offers tangible, significant benefit to the Laureates. It is the most noteworthy philanthropic initiative by a Caribbean organization in recent times.

The ANSA McAL Foundation

The ANSA McAL Group of Companies has a well known history of commitment to addressing a broad range of social needs in the community. The ANSA McAL Foundation was founded out of the merger of the ANSA Foundation and the McAL Foundation in 1993.To date, the Foundation’s assets are over $15million, based on the Group subsidiaries’ contributions. Over the years, the Foundation has made major contributions, notable achievements include:

  • Establishing the ANSA McAL Psychological Research Centre at UWI, St. Augustine
  • Benefactor of the ANSA McAL wing of The Diagnostic, Research, Education Centre for the Hearing Impaired (DRETCHI) for the Trinidad and Tobago Association for the Deaf
  • Significant support for The Princess Elizabeth Home for Handicapped Children; SERVOL
  • The Jaya Lakshmi Children’s Home
  • Junior Achievement of Trinidad and Tobago
  • Major contributor the Tobago Secondary Schools’ Drama Festival
  • The Living Water Community Food Assistance Relief (FAR) Project
  • The Blood Bank and Trinidad and Tobago Cancer Society
  • A founding member of the UWI – Institute of Business
The board of the ANSA McAL Foundation comprises:
  • Dr Anthony N Sabga – Chairman
  • Wilfred S Naimool
  • Judy Chang
  • Ravi Ji
  • Rev Fr Ronald Mendes
  • Maria Superville-Neilson
  • Linda Sabga Hadeed – Secretary
  • Nabeel Hadeed
  • Victor Mouttet
In October 2005, the signature programme of the ANSA McAL Foundation, the Anthony N. Sabga Caribbean Awards for Excellence was launched. The goal of the ANSA Caribbean Awards is to recognize significant Caribbean achievement, to encourage and to support the pursuit of excellence by Caribbean persons, for the benefit of the Region. From 1991 to 2003 the Foundation received 1 % of profit ofThe ANSA McAL Group. By investing this endowment, the Foundation is now self financing and able to undertake in perpetuity the significant commitment of the ANSA Awards for Excellence programme.Additionally, subsidiaries of the Group continue to make individual contributions to the aspirations and needs of the society and particularly of their communities. The more well-known sponsorships are Carib Brewery Ltd’s major contribution to Trinidad Carnival, Cricket (Carib Beer Cricket Cup) and the beloved Soca Warrriors’ qualification to World Cup 2006; The Trinidad Broadcasting Company’s VIBE CT105 major sponsorship of WC Connection; and the Trinidad Guardian Neediest Cases Fund.

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