Wendy Lee Yuen (Date of Birth: 16th Oct 1956)

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Born in October 16th, 1956 in Diego Martin, Trinidad, Wendy Rollock grew up on a farm in La Romaine where her love for horticulture began. She was educated across the region, finishing her GCE Ordinary Level Examinations in Barbados and her GCE Advanced Level Examinations in Jamaica. In 1982, she graduated with honours from The University of the West Indies (UWI), St. Augustine, Trinidad with a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Agriculture, winning the Marie Curie Prize for best final year student.

In 1994, Mrs Lee Yuen was a founding member of the Association of Professional Agri-Scientists of Trinidad and Tobago. She served as the youngest president of the Horticultural Society of Trinidad and Tobago (HSTT) between 1995 and 1997. Since 1999, she has been a member of the planning committee of the UWI Continuing Education Programme and has co-coordinated training for staff of the Ministry of Local Government through this programme. Also in 1999, she became the first female president of the Agricultural Society of Trinidad and Tobago. She was re-elected President over a five-year period. During her term of office, praedial larceny laws were revised, agricultural infrastructure was improved and the Society gained prominence for its advocacy on behalf of farmers.

In 1998, Mrs Lee Yuen represented Trinidad and Tobago at the First Meeting of Inter-American Organizations of Rural Farmers held in Santiago, Chile. In 2000, she designed a Trinidad and Tobago garden for the BBC Gardeners’ World Live and won a bronze medal. In 2002, she chaired the opening session of the Royal Agricultural Society of the Commonwealth Conference, which took place in Ireland.

Under Mrs Lee Yuen’s leadership, the HSTT received the Prime Minister’s Award for Tourism in 1998. In 1999, she was awarded the HSTT President’s Trophy and the Bermudez Cup. She was the first female chairperson of the National Agricultural Marketing and Development Corporation (NAMDEVCO), serving from 2000 to 2005. Her expertise and her work in agriculture and food production have been recognised locally and internationally.

Mrs Lee Yuen now teaches landscape management at UWI, St. Augustine, manages her farm, runs her own landscaping company, and is the deputy political leader of the Congress of the People’s Party. A passionate environmentalist, she champions sustainable development and the need for countries to achieve food security.