I was brought up with a strong sense of community, and taught to help my neighbors.
It fills my spirit to give back to the universe.
2011 Celebrity Cruise Honoree
Pamela was born and raised in Trinidad and Tobego, before moving to New York in 1969 and then Washington, D.C. in 1970, where she's lived ever since. Pamela has worked for both the federal government and NGOs and her last professional stint was with the National Congress for Community and Economic Development.
A long-time resident of Ward 4 in Washington, D.C., Pamela has been an advocate for senior citizens on behalf of the Office of Aging, and was the ward representative on the Executive Council of DC-AARP from 2007 through 2011. She stepped down one year before the end of her tenure to fully engage in her biggest passion—working on political campaigns.
While Pamela has spent more than 20 years in community economic development, she has always maintained a keen interest in issues of aging and gerontology. In 1977, she bought her home in a community where many seniors lived, and immediately got to work helping neighbors rake leaves, shovel snow, and get to where they needed to go. Today, she continues to support these neighbors, which she calls "golden seniors," with crucial-information needs as well as securing birthday and condolence letters, from elected officials, to mark significant events in their lives.
While she started volunteering with her friends who own a neighborhood-based, Caribbean bakery and restaurant three years ago, offering marketing strategies to expand their customer base, Pamela also continues to volunteer with DC-AARP. She was recently called upon by the Director to support the organization in its planned outreach to members of the Caribbean community. An avid gardener, she delights in nurturing her rain/rock garden that was installed in 2012.