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posted 7 May 2014, 07:46 by Gerry Kangalee   [ updated 7 May 2014, 07:49 ]

Nicole S. Hendrickson has been working in the field of Youth and HIV for over 13 years. She started out in the now defunct The Youth Delta (TYD), and then moved to the oldest HIV support agency Community Action Resource (CARe). Recognising that her full potential was in Facilitating she has been doing this with several local, regional and international agencies namely Ministries of Sport and Youth Affairs, Social Development, NIHERST, European Union Poverty Alleviation Project, The BARCAM, United Nation Population Fund (UNFPA), UNIFEM and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

She is a volunteer with the Trinidad and Tobago Red Cross Society HIV and AIDS Department. She also has a passion for working in the field of Gender and lends her support to organizations such as Women’s Institute for Alternative Development (WINAD) which in the process of developing a tool for Parents to talk with their young people about sexuality and HIV, as well as Working Women for Social Justice. She is the former Gender Affairs Officer of the Trinidad Youth Council (TYC).

Her life’s mission is to facilitate people’s advancement, by working with them one on one, or in groups. With this in mind she has worked for a Community Based Organisation called Toco Foundation for three years and she moved to Toco a little over 3 years now. Also, she is a Leader and Women Support Group Leader in the Re-Evaluation Community of Trinidad and Tobago which allows her to better understand how people get hurt and how to deal with the myriad of life’s challenges.

She recently completed a research project for the government of Trinidad and Tobago and is looking forward to the next challenge. When she has the time she enjoys reading, kayaking, meeting and sharing ideas with persons of diverse backgrounds.

On Thursday 8th May between 5:00 and 7:00 pm, the National Workers’ Union (NWU) hosts the second in its Conversation series at union headquarters, 43 Fifth Street Barataria.

The conversation on Sexual Health and Reproductive Rights will be led by Nicky Hendrickson (see Nicky’s’ bio).

The idea for the series of Conversations arose last year when members of the executive of the NWU concluded that as part of its mission of raising the consciousness of working people, so that they could better understand the world in order to change it, should be dealing with vital issues facing the society whether philosophical, political, sociological or dealing with industrial relations.

The idea was not just to restrict these Conversations to union members but to use them to develop closer links with other community-based organisations so that issues which united them could be clarified and used as a basis for practical co-operation. This idea was further fleshed out after discussions between executive members of the NWU and the head of the Mayaro-based Jegna Institute, Ako Mutota.

The first Conversation, led by NWU General Secretary Dave Smith, was held on Thursday 10th April and dealt with the question of Workers Rights under the law. Conversations are expected to be held at the same venue every second Thursday of the month.