Leisa Hamilton: A Profile
Leisa Hamilton was born in the beautiful fishing village of Plymouth, one of the villages' of Tobago in l971.
I attended the Plymouth Anglican School, then the Signal Hill Senior Comprehensive School and Bishop's High School.
Upon leaving school the Trinidad and Tobago Fire Service was enlisting women for the first time. I was encouraged by my mother to try out. Success came at the entrance examination and later on 1st December 1992 I was enlisted to be a trainee at the Chaguaramas training School.
The training was very difficult and for me and my comrades from Tobago we had to embark on a new place that is Trinidad to both live and train for the time.
Nevertheless all women had to make remarkable adjustments in their life structures and at the same time show the rest that it was worthwhile enlisting women in the service in the first place.
We passed out on 26th June 1993 and went to work at various stations throughout Trinidad and Tobago. My first station was Head quarters Whrighston Road - Port - Of Spain. However, from 1994 I worked in the Tobago Division ever since.
At Tobago working was more difficult than Trinidad as officers in Tobago believe that they must pressure you at work creating a hostile work environment.
However, I weathered the storm and was able to go forward. In 19981 successfully completed the Physical Training Instructors' Course and in 2002 was awarded the most outstanding student in the Emergency Care Programme. Also I am the holder of an Associate of Arts degree in Labour Studies.
This Labour Studies education has assisted me in functioning as an Executive officer in the Association (union) for the past three years. I have recently completed a Double Major degree in Bachelors of Arts at the National Labor College (NLC), Silver Spring, Maryland.