Photograph shows grad and former teacher, Mr. Rishi Singh, addressing Staff & Students of JCCSS in 2010. The occasion was the handing over of books and computers to the school. Over 20,000 books were donated by a charitable organization in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. Some of the books were donated to the University of Guyana (Berbice Campus) and to schools in the remote areas of the upper Corentyne river. Computers were donated by Metro Office Supplies of New York and Guyana. Rishi is the youngest of six brothers five of whom attended Corentyne High School (now JCCSS). He is an inspiration to current students and an invaluable resource for all grads.
I grew up in Kilcoy Village, Corentyne. I attended Cropper Primary School and JC Chandisingh Secondary School. I graduated at JC in 2008 and, after working for a year as a teacher, I migrated to Canada. I attended college in Canada during which time I worked part-time as a model; I was a finalist at the Miss Canada Universe 2011. In May 2018 I got married to Yudesh and our love story was featured in the New York Times Magazine and website.
I am from Tain Settlement, Corentyne. I graduated at JC in 1981. During my time at JC my favourite subjects were English Literature and History; I enjoyed playing table tennis and was a school Prefect. I am married to Shazam, a grad at JC and a civil engineer who owns a contracting firm. All our children attended JC; our daughter Shazeeda, graduated in the Class of 1999 and went on to pursue her studies in Mechanical Engineering, Canada.
We have decided to have a Reunion in Florida in 2020. We have not yet fixed a firm date but I expect it will be between the last week of May and the first week of June 2020. And it will be in Florida. This Reunion will be free of charge. We are not selling tickets, nor will any money be collected once you are there. So just be there !!
William Fogarty, an Irishman, started business in British Guiana in 1892 on a donkey cart. The donkey cart business thrived so well he employed a man to be his assistant. Later he bought a building and set up his first store. His store on Water Street was destroyed by fire on Friday, February 23, 1945 (Black Friday). Photograph shows the store which was re-built on Water Street. In 1963 the store was completely looted by the riotous mobs of Georgetown bent on plunder and pillage. When I was in Sixth Form I lived on Ketley & Drysdale Streets, Charlestown. Along Drysdale were two Portuguese girls ( Donna and Tessa) and their mom living in what I like to call a “Demerara cottage.” Their mom worked at Fogarty’s and had been working there for at least 20 years. Women employees wore a pleasant and impressive Shamrock green uniform. It was a great place to work. The ownership of Fogarty’s had passed on to the O’Dowd family since around 1920. The O’Dowd family treated employees as part of the family. There were many employees who had been with Fogarty’s 40 years or longer. At one time there was a grandfather, father, son working at Fogarty’s. Fogarty’s employees were generally happy and provided excellent customer service. It was always a pleasure shopping at “Fogarty’s Your Friendly Store.” The good old days.