ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) honoured its landmark anniversary in the Caribbean with members and partners at a celebratory gala.
Close to 200 guests came together to celebrate at Hilton Trinidad & Conference Centre, Port of Spain, Trinidad on 13 September. Shelly-Ann Mohammed, head of ACCA Caribbean, welcomed guests to the event, which saw Tim Stew, British High Commissioner to Trinidad, Justice Neil Mohammed – senior ACCA member, Sixto Coy – president of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Jamaica (ICAJ) and Khalil Alli – newly inducted president of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of the Caribbean (ICAC) among those in attendance. ACCA international assembly representatives from Barbados and Guyana were also present.
Mark Millar, vice president of ACCA, Khalil Alli, President ICAC, Wendell Ramoutar, IA Representative, Trinidad and Tobago all gave speeches marking ACCA Caribbean’s achievements across the region. Commemorative awards were presented to the Joint Examination Scheme (JES) partners in the region, approved learning partners, global prize winners and the first approved employer in the Caribbean. Three specially-produced videos interviewing a cross-section of stakeholders, including JES partners, employers and members, were shown during the event.
90-year old Bertram Hadaway was specially recognised as the longest-serving active member with 54 years of membership under his belt. He is the founder of Bertram Hadaway & Company, a full service firm of accountants.
The anniversary celebration paid a very special tribute to Brenda Lee Tang, former head of ACCA Caribbean who was one of the earliest employees recruited when the office opened. Brenda passed away in December 2018. Four members of her family were present as ACCA commemorated her 16 plus years with the organisation by way of a video encapsulating her life accompanied by a moving rendition by pianist Johanna Chuckaree.
Shelly-Ann Mohammed, head of ACCA Caribbean says: ‘Its 20 years since ACCA first established its national office in the Caribbean, and we remain the leading accountancy body in the region. Through our qualification, we’re developing dynamic professional accountants who are strategic forward-thinkers and able to thrive in a world of constant technological change and growing globalisation.’
ACCA Caribbean’s theme for the 20th Anniversary is ‘Our Heritage. Our Future’, highlighting the national office’s plight to encourage its staff and stakeholders to support our future by making the world a cleaner, more wholesome place to live. The event saw the official launch of the Go Green initiative. The Go Green initiative aims to provide guidelines as to how ACCA Caribbean and its student and member stakeholders can implement practices in both their professional and private lives that can lead to positive lifestyle changes that will impact the environment. A tree-planting exercise took place at the gala with Mark Millar, vice president of ACCA, Lindsay Degouve de Nuncques, ACCA director - Europe and Americas and Shelly-Ann Mohammed, head of ACCA Caribbean planted a tree on stage as a part of The Go Green initiative’s launch. Guests received seeded bookmarks and pins inside an eco-friendly canvas tote. The gala ended with music performance by Trinidadian entertainers Nadia Batson and Erphan Alves.
Helen Brand OBE, ACCA’s chief executive, adds: “ACCA is the world’s most forward thinking accountancy body. Through our market-leading qualification, we develop dynamic and strategic professional accountants who thrive in a world of constant technological change and increasing global inter-connectedness. This commitment to innovation, combined with our reach and relevance across the Caribbean and all our markets, means our members stay ahead of the competition.
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ACCA recommendations as to how you can “Go Green” in your own work and home spaces:
1. Paper-less office environment - Make a conscious effort to minimise the amount of printing done on a daily/ weekly basis. Use recycled scrap paper and print on both sides.
2. Eco-friendly vendors and purchases - Choose to purchase products that are made from recyclable material where possible and check that products are able to be recycled.
3. Unplug zombie electronics - Both organisations and homes can increase efficiency by reducing the extra energy waste caused by their electronics when not in use — this will reduce the amount of energy you use and decrease the overall electricity bill. Purchase power strips for electronic appliances.
4. Use energy efficient equipment - Businesses and homeowners can increase their energy efficiency by purchasing the right pieces of equipment and products for their business and homes, eg LED or CFL light bulbs and energy star-compliant appliances. Implementing a green strategy fundamentally helps an organisation and homemakers to make decisions that have a positive impact on the environment — which in the long run can only benefit the future of humanity.
ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is the global body for professional accountants, offering business-relevant, first-choice qualifications to people of application, ability and ambition around the world who seek a rewarding career in accountancy, finance and management.
ACCA supports its 219,000 members and 527,000 students (including affiliates) in 179 countries, helping them to develop successful careers in accounting and business, with the skills required by employers. ACCA works through a network of 110 offices and centres and 7,571 Approved Employers worldwide, and 328 approved learning providers who provide high standards of learning and development.
Through its public interest remit, ACCA promotes appropriate regulation of accounting and conducts relevant research to ensure accountancy continues to grow in reputation and influence.
ACCA has introduced major innovations to its flagship qualification to ensure its members and future members continue to be the most valued, up to date and sought-after accountancy professionals globally.
Founded in 1904, ACCA has consistently held unique core values: opportunity, diversity, innovation, integrity and accountability. More information is here: www.accaglobal.com