A film-maker is concerned the council does not do enough to promote its twinned city Roseau

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Richard Etienne with Roosevelt Skerrit, the Prime Minister of Dominica. Richard Etienne with Roosevelt Skerrit, the Prime Minister of Dominica.

A film-maker is calling on the council to strengthen relations between the borough and its Caribbean twin, Roseau, the capital of Dominica.

Richard Etienne, 29, spoke at the authority’s Twinning Association general meeting last week as part of a documentary he is making about his first visit to the island.

He passed on a message from the Dominican Prime Minister, who said he hopes the twinning agreement can prosper in the future.

Both of Mr Etienne’s parents come from the island which he has never visited because of a lack of awareness about the country, he said.

“Dominica is a country I so badly want to call home,” The Oval resident said.

“However with a mind filled with unconfirmed truths, myths and warnings bestowed upon me by Dominican-born members of my family, I developed dangerous preconceptions of our island’s history and culture.”

“I was told that Dominica wasn’t a place for young people, that it was boring, difficult to travel around and that because of French and English colonial influences it had lost its original culture.”

He said this discouraged him from visiting and he urges the council to help people who are in a similar position.

“There’s never been any evidence of politicians connecting in any way,” he said.

“It’s about raising awareness at an educational level to fulfil the purpose of raising cultural awareness of global communities.”

He said he feels this is not being done enough and is calling for cultural activities promoting information about Dominica through the borough’s clubs.

In his film, iD, he visits his parent’s home for the first time to commemorate the 10th anniversary of his father’s passing.

He hopes the film will give others a better sense of their heritage.

“I hope to inspire others who’ve not been to their country of origin to take that leap of faith,” he said.

The Twinning Association’s objectives are to promote friendship, information exchange and a mutual understanding of cultural, recreational and commercial activities of the linked areas.

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2:52pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Billy Yerache says...

Since when has LBWF been twinned with Dominica?
Since when has LBWF been twinned with Dominica? Billy Yerache

9:29am Wed 4 Dec 13

myopinioncounts says...

I visited Dominica one December, and on a tour of the island saw groups of adults of all ages clearing the overgrown vegetation from the roadside with huge machetes. Our guide, a local man, said that because there was no unemployment benefit these jobless people were doing this to 'earn' some money for Christmas.
A lesson that our 'twinning' ( I didn't know we were either!) could learn from Dominica?
I visited Dominica one December, and on a tour of the island saw groups of adults of all ages clearing the overgrown vegetation from the roadside with huge machetes. Our guide, a local man, said that because there was no unemployment benefit these jobless people were doing this to 'earn' some money for Christmas. A lesson that our 'twinning' ( I didn't know we were either!) could learn from Dominica? myopinioncounts

9:38am Wed 4 Dec 13

Billy Yerache says...

myopinioncounts wrote:
I visited Dominica one December, and on a tour of the island saw groups of adults of all ages clearing the overgrown vegetation from the roadside with huge machetes. Our guide, a local man, said that because there was no unemployment benefit these jobless people were doing this to 'earn' some money for Christmas. A lesson that our 'twinning' ( I didn't know we were either!) could learn from Dominica?
Both of Mr Etienne’s parents come from the island which he has never visited because of a lack of awareness about the country, he said.

Bit strong coming from him that Council not doing enough when he has not been there himself?

He it would not be that hard to become 'aware about the country'

Look it up with a bit of research?
[quote][p][bold]myopinioncounts[/bold] wrote: I visited Dominica one December, and on a tour of the island saw groups of adults of all ages clearing the overgrown vegetation from the roadside with huge machetes. Our guide, a local man, said that because there was no unemployment benefit these jobless people were doing this to 'earn' some money for Christmas. A lesson that our 'twinning' ( I didn't know we were either!) could learn from Dominica?[/p][/quote]Both of Mr Etienne’s parents come from the island which he has never visited because of a lack of awareness about the country, he said. Bit strong coming from him that Council not doing enough when he has not been there himself? He it would not be that hard to become 'aware about the country' Look it up with a bit of research? Billy Yerache

3:26pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Helen, Walthamstow says...

For the record, the twinning partnership with Roseau was first mooted in 1992 shortly after Dominican-born Cllr Franklyn Georges had completed his year of office as the borough's first African-Caribbean Mayor (1990-1991). A steering committee was set up and a twinning charter was finally signed in 1999.

I believe Mr Georges and his wife retired back to Dominica and he is active in the community there, where he could help oil the wheels for any development of the twinning arrangement.

In my view any relationship-buildin
g with other parts of the world is good for a multicultural borough. Congratulations to Richard Etienne for raising the issue.
For the record, the twinning partnership with Roseau was first mooted in 1992 shortly after Dominican-born Cllr Franklyn Georges had completed his year of office as the borough's first African-Caribbean Mayor (1990-1991). A steering committee was set up and a twinning charter was finally signed in 1999. I believe Mr Georges and his wife retired back to Dominica and he is active in the community there, where he could help oil the wheels for any development of the twinning arrangement. In my view any relationship-buildin g with other parts of the world is good for a multicultural borough. Congratulations to Richard Etienne for raising the issue. Helen, Walthamstow

3:45pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Billy Yerache says...

Helen, Walthamstow wrote:
For the record, the twinning partnership with Roseau was first mooted in 1992 shortly after Dominican-born Cllr Franklyn Georges had completed his year of office as the borough's first African-Caribbean Mayor (1990-1991). A steering committee was set up and a twinning charter was finally signed in 1999.

I believe Mr Georges and his wife retired back to Dominica and he is active in the community there, where he could help oil the wheels for any development of the twinning arrangement.

In my view any relationship-buildin

g with other parts of the world is good for a multicultural borough. Congratulations to Richard Etienne for raising the issue.
So a bloke who use to be Mayor years ago, who has retired out there oh I see. Would be better to get the current Mayor to twin it with his his roots as it is more current surely?

As for Richard Etienne, is it about his film or his deep desire for
Waltham Forest to be twinned? Sounds like like a load of toot to me. far more important local issues going on.
[quote][p][bold]Helen, Walthamstow[/bold] wrote: For the record, the twinning partnership with Roseau was first mooted in 1992 shortly after Dominican-born Cllr Franklyn Georges had completed his year of office as the borough's first African-Caribbean Mayor (1990-1991). A steering committee was set up and a twinning charter was finally signed in 1999. I believe Mr Georges and his wife retired back to Dominica and he is active in the community there, where he could help oil the wheels for any development of the twinning arrangement. In my view any relationship-buildin g with other parts of the world is good for a multicultural borough. Congratulations to Richard Etienne for raising the issue.[/p][/quote]So a bloke who use to be Mayor years ago, who has retired out there oh I see. Would be better to get the current Mayor to twin it with his his roots as it is more current surely? As for Richard Etienne, is it about his film or his deep desire for Waltham Forest to be twinned? Sounds like like a load of toot to me. far more important local issues going on. Billy Yerache

7:26am Thu 5 Dec 13

Helen, Walthamstow says...

Billy Yerache wrote:
Helen, Walthamstow wrote:
For the record, the twinning partnership with Roseau was first mooted in 1992 shortly after Dominican-born Cllr Franklyn Georges had completed his year of office as the borough's first African-Caribbean Mayor (1990-1991). A steering committee was set up and a twinning charter was finally signed in 1999.

I believe Mr Georges and his wife retired back to Dominica and he is active in the community there, where he could help oil the wheels for any development of the twinning arrangement.

In my view any relationship-buildin


g with other parts of the world is good for a multicultural borough. Congratulations to Richard Etienne for raising the issue.
So a bloke who use to be Mayor years ago, who has retired out there oh I see. Would be better to get the current Mayor to twin it with his his roots as it is more current surely?

As for Richard Etienne, is it about his film or his deep desire for
Waltham Forest to be twinned? Sounds like like a load of toot to me. far more important local issues going on.
Waltham Forest us already twinned with Mirpur in Pakistan.

In addition it has very long-standing twinning arrangements with Wandsbek in Hamburg, Germany, and St Mande in France.
[quote][p][bold]Billy Yerache[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Helen, Walthamstow[/bold] wrote: For the record, the twinning partnership with Roseau was first mooted in 1992 shortly after Dominican-born Cllr Franklyn Georges had completed his year of office as the borough's first African-Caribbean Mayor (1990-1991). A steering committee was set up and a twinning charter was finally signed in 1999. I believe Mr Georges and his wife retired back to Dominica and he is active in the community there, where he could help oil the wheels for any development of the twinning arrangement. In my view any relationship-buildin g with other parts of the world is good for a multicultural borough. Congratulations to Richard Etienne for raising the issue.[/p][/quote]So a bloke who use to be Mayor years ago, who has retired out there oh I see. Would be better to get the current Mayor to twin it with his his roots as it is more current surely? As for Richard Etienne, is it about his film or his deep desire for Waltham Forest to be twinned? Sounds like like a load of toot to me. far more important local issues going on.[/p][/quote]Waltham Forest us already twinned with Mirpur in Pakistan. In addition it has very long-standing twinning arrangements with Wandsbek in Hamburg, Germany, and St Mande in France. Helen, Walthamstow

12:45pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Billy Yerache says...

Helen, Walthamstow wrote:
Billy Yerache wrote:
Helen, Walthamstow wrote:
For the record, the twinning partnership with Roseau was first mooted in 1992 shortly after Dominican-born Cllr Franklyn Georges had completed his year of office as the borough's first African-Caribbean Mayor (1990-1991). A steering committee was set up and a twinning charter was finally signed in 1999.

I believe Mr Georges and his wife retired back to Dominica and he is active in the community there, where he could help oil the wheels for any development of the twinning arrangement.

In my view any relationship-buildin



g with other parts of the world is good for a multicultural borough. Congratulations to Richard Etienne for raising the issue.
So a bloke who use to be Mayor years ago, who has retired out there oh I see. Would be better to get the current Mayor to twin it with his his roots as it is more current surely?

As for Richard Etienne, is it about his film or his deep desire for
Waltham Forest to be twinned? Sounds like like a load of toot to me. far more important local issues going on.
Waltham Forest us already twinned with Mirpur in Pakistan.

In addition it has very long-standing twinning arrangements with Wandsbek in Hamburg, Germany, and St Mande in France.
I think I recall seeing a sign for the German twinning years ago around the borders of the Borough. Seems that these have since gone. Shame they do not put new ones up so people could be aware of the connections, thanks.
[quote][p][bold]Helen, Walthamstow[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Billy Yerache[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Helen, Walthamstow[/bold] wrote: For the record, the twinning partnership with Roseau was first mooted in 1992 shortly after Dominican-born Cllr Franklyn Georges had completed his year of office as the borough's first African-Caribbean Mayor (1990-1991). A steering committee was set up and a twinning charter was finally signed in 1999. I believe Mr Georges and his wife retired back to Dominica and he is active in the community there, where he could help oil the wheels for any development of the twinning arrangement. In my view any relationship-buildin g with other parts of the world is good for a multicultural borough. Congratulations to Richard Etienne for raising the issue.[/p][/quote]So a bloke who use to be Mayor years ago, who has retired out there oh I see. Would be better to get the current Mayor to twin it with his his roots as it is more current surely? As for Richard Etienne, is it about his film or his deep desire for Waltham Forest to be twinned? Sounds like like a load of toot to me. far more important local issues going on.[/p][/quote]Waltham Forest us already twinned with Mirpur in Pakistan. In addition it has very long-standing twinning arrangements with Wandsbek in Hamburg, Germany, and St Mande in France.[/p][/quote]I think I recall seeing a sign for the German twinning years ago around the borders of the Borough. Seems that these have since gone. Shame they do not put new ones up so people could be aware of the connections, thanks. Billy Yerache

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