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CARAIFA President

Message from CARAIFA's President

Wynthrop Catwell




“The struggle of today is not altogether for today-it is for a vast future also.

With a reliance on providence, all the more firm and earnest, let us proceed in the great task which

events have devolved upon us”.

The words captioned above were spoken by one of the most outstanding persons in the history of the free world, Abraham Lincoln one of the late Presidents of the United States of America. There are as relevant today as there were when he delivered his address to the first Annual meeting of Congress

In 1861

Without a doubt much has changed in the world and continues to do so; but this would largely be due to the fact that the struggle continues to be faced with providence and the steely resolve of persons who though understanding and acknowledging the past, earnestly look to create a future that provides pathways to success.

It is a Privilege and indeed an honour for me to have ascended to the leadership of The Caribbean Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors. It is a task that has be devolved to me and I humbly accept and pledge to do all in my power, to lead this important link in the Regional Financial Services Industry from strength,

My theme, which is captioned above, was carefully chosen to validate the struggle of those who have given of themselves to assisting in creating the future we now enjoy, as well as to impress upon those of us who are currently in the struggle that “It is not altogether for today but a vast future also”.

Much has been accomplished in the Insurance and Financial Services Industry and they have been significant paradigm shifts in the delivery of service across the world. Information Technology continues to evolved with a concomitant explosion in information transfer. Laws are constantly changing and the demand for compliance to standards of business have become firmly fixed and must not be avoided or minimize.

The insurance and Financial Advisors of today therefore must endeavor to equip themselves in every respect to ensure that they respect what has been achieved in the past while they continue to be part of the struggle not just for today but for the vast future also. I therefore invite all across the region and indeed the world to brace up their minds for the challenge as we “Enable the past and ensure pathways to success for the future”

“For the future belongs to those who fuse intelligence with faith and who with courage and determination grope their way forward from chance to choice, from blind adaptation to creative evolution.

Wynthrop A D Catwell




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It is a special honour and privilege for me to serve as president of the Caribbean Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (CARAIFA). Our 2010 - 2012 President, Emond Lewis Mitchell, has provided me with invaluable guidelines through his able guidance of the Association. His quiet and sensitive disposition has made him a wonderful role model and for this I thank him. Fortunately for all of us, Emond will continue to serve in the position of Immediate Past President with responsibility for Territorial Development and Hall Of Fame. I am especially grateful that I will be able to rely on his wise counsel during my term.

In preparation for my presidency, I have spent the time I served as Vice President immersing myself in all aspects of the Association’s operations, and becoming familiar with the various activities in which CARAIFA is currently involved. I am very thankful for the work of all of our Executive and Board Members, Secretariat staff and the wider membership.

Our Secretary General and the Finance Committee have done a wonderful job of managing the Association’s funds during this difficult period of global economic recession. These funds support all the activities of CARAIFA, including staffing of the Secretariat and production of our biennial magazine. The work of our Education Council Chair has enabled the process by ensuring that the Education and Professional Development portfolio is efficiently run.

CARAIFA, in conjunction with its member territories, continues to host successful motivational congresses. This success is mainly due to the hard work of the congress director and committee members, with our Regional Congress coordinator guiding the path. These events showcase the prestigious Hall of Fame Ceremony and the CARAIFA Foundation, the social arm of our Association and the purview of the CARAIFA Foundation Chair.

The Public Affairs Committee has dedicated itself to enhancing relationships with members of regional governments, Industry players, Caribbean associations (such as CARICOM), MDRT, and the regional press. This has been instrumental in highlighting CARAIFA and giving prominence to our work.

I accept CARAIFA’S Vision to “…..effectively anticipate and satisfy the needs of its members…..for their mutually sustainable growth and development as my mandate. To achieve this, we will relentlessly review our 5 – Year Development Plan which has been in existence since 1999.

In addition, we will continue to seek and offer outstanding programmes, to keep our members current in their professional development. The staging of bigger and improved congresses will provide the framework for new ideas in sales through world class presenters and opportunities to meet and socialize with regional and international top producers. We will continue to show our communities that CARAIFA is made up of strong civic minded leaders and exemplary professionals and that our 3000 strong membership is encouraged to become involved throughout the Caribbean.

I am not daunted by the new challenges to be faced and important changes to be made. On the contrary, I am enthusiastic and excited about all the wonderful programmes, services and events we continue to have, each of which is only possible because of the many dedicated members who work tirelessly in donating their time as Board and Committee members. This was evidenced in past administrations and my faith is that it will continue in this administration. To this end I have chosen as my theme: “Empowerment through Cooperation”. I invite you to join me in fulfilling my vision of a stronger, more empowered and cohesive organization.