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A genuine friend and ambassador of humanity
Submitted by Friends of the Earth Grenada
August 24 St. George's Grenada:  “Each friend represents a world in us, a world not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born’ Anais Nin (1903-1977).Friends of the earth grenada hereby express our profound shock, sadness and a feeling of great loss at the sudden passing away of the late Derek Allard on the 20th August, 2005 in Trinidad.
FOE-Grenada proudly recalls the outstanding contribution towards its formation and early development by this founding member. Mr. Allard was a key figure in the drafting of the organisation’s constitution. He was subsequently elected the first General Secretary from September 1991 to November 1993. During that time he also served on the organisation’s education committee. His support for the organization continued into his latter years serving as consultant to New Maroons, FOE-Grenada’s conflict resolution program. It was on May 14th 2002, at the UWI School of continuing studies during a FOE-Grenada sponsored seminar on women and cancer, along with the late Dr. Stan Friday and others, that he delivered his last public presentation on behalf of the organisation to over 25 women entitled “Health and safety in the workplace and wider community”.
Allard was a real friend and ambassador of the earth and humanity, hence his appointment as labour ambassador for the environment in1998. His humility, friendship, pragmatism and tremendous wisdom will surely be missed by all including those of us whom he worked with in the environmental movement. At this juncture, FOE-G takes this opportunity to express our condolences especially to his wife Rose, children, relatives, colleagues, friends, members of the Bank and General Workers Union and the Grenada Trade Union Council.
Long live the memory of Derek’s contribution to the protection and defense of environment in Grenada and the wider Caribbean. 
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