Who We Are
TERRENCE RICHARDS CPO, MCP, BSc, PgDIT (Hons), MSc ISM. An IT Specialist and Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP), Mr. Terrence Richards received his secondary education at the Sandy Point and Basseterre High Schools. He pursued a Bachelors of Science degree (BSc) in Computer Science from the University of New Brunswick. He was class valedictorian for his postgraduate Honors Diploma in Information Technology (PgDIT) from DeVry University (Toronto, Ontario, CANADA) and attained a Masters degree (MSc) in Information Systems Management from the Keller Graduate School of Management of DeVry University (Chicago, Il, USA) with a concentration in e-Commerce.
A Security Consultant and IFPO Certified Protection Officer (CPO), he has worked with several security companies including CGL - Commissionaires Great Lakes (2IC/Sargeant - CSC Keele CCC Canada Correctional Facility), LK Protection, Paragon, G4S, Federal, Source and Sentinel Security. He has managed IT projects, organized and conducted computer training programs for Government, Colleges, other tertiary educational institutions, commercial and private enterprises. He was Manager of the Information Technology Department for the TDC Group of Companies conglomerate (Airlines, Automotive, Banking & Finance, Brewery, Hardware, Hotel/Hospitality, Insurance, Manufacturing, Pharmacy, Rentals, Retail, and Travel Agency).
Previously, he was employed at the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) as Senior Systems Analyst and Unit Head (ASM) in the Management Information Systems Department. Earlier, the St. Christopher & Nevis Social Security Board, and the Caribbean Credit Card Corporation employed him as Software Specialist and Systems Officer respectively. Prior to that he was employed by the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis first in the Statistics Division, Planning Unit, later as an Assistant Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Lands, Housing, Development & Planning, and then as a Graduate Teacher and the first Department Head of Information Technology at the Basseterre High School, managing their first ever computer lab.
A teacher and training facilitator for decades, he was an IT lecturer and facilitator at various training institutions including COMPDAC Computer Institute, Francis Secretarial Academy, Wilkins Secretarial College, Averil Archibald College of Management, London School of Management, The IT Facility, and the National ICT Centre. He was a Part-time Tutor of Information Technology at the University of the West Indies (Open Campus), an Adjunct Lecturer at the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant (CFB) College, and a Caribbean Tutors online IT tutor. As a Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) Marker since 1996, he sat for several years on the CXC Board of Examiners for Information Technology. He also inagurated the TORichards Award scholarship for Best Results in CXC IT at the SPHS/CEMSS.
His passion for service and adventure began as a member of the 4-H Club, St. Anne Boy Scouts, Peter Mock-o-Jumbies, and National Defence Force Cadet Corps. His passion for nature and sports saw him as the motivational Blue House Master at the Basseterre High School and later leading the pack running and hiking with the Hash House Harriers.
Mr. Richards has been an active member of various community service and social groups and has served in several leadership capacities including Region Chair 32 MDA-A711, Zone Chair MDA-A711-Zone 32B & MD60B Zone 2C Chairman of Lions Clubs International, President of the SKB Lions Club, Vice President of Junior Chamber International (JCI-SK) Jaycees, Director of the Shaping Our Society (SOS) Club, and co-organizer for M.E.D.I.A. (Management Educational Development & Information Advocates).
A Lion for over 20 years, sponsored by his mentor PCC Lion Valdemar Warner MJF in 2001, he currently serves on the A-711 District Cabinet as Region Chair 32, and has served the Toronto Canada Thistletown Lions Club as Vice President, and Secretary. His passion for service began in the Caribbean island of St. Kitts as a member of the Sandy Point 4-HClub, St Anne Boy Scouts, and Cadet Corps; he joined the Toastmasters; St Kitts Jaycees (JCI); and later graduated to the St Kitts Basseterre (SKB) Lions Club in the true spirit of the motto of Lions International - “We Serve”.
Lion Tebo has served Lionism with distinction in several leadership positions including:
- SKB Lions Club President Constitutional Area MERLO Team Member ~ Membership Key Award
- Multiple District Mid-Year Convention Registrar ~ Lion of Year Award
- 2nd/1st Vice/District Governor ~ 1920-2020 Centennial Governor Award
- District Cabinet Secretary ~ District Governor Certificate of Appreciation
- District Administrator, Governor’s Bulletin Editor, Club Efficiency Chair~ Appreciation Medal
- District Convention Registration Chair ~ 436 registered! 75% clubs attended
- LCI Convention Toronto Volunteer Team Leader (MDA)~ Melvin Jones Fellow (MJF)
- Region Chair ~ International President Award
- Zone Chair ~ International President Award
- Zone Chair ~ District Governor Certificate of Appreciation
- Club President ~ 25% Club Membership Growth
- Vice President ~ 100% Attendance Award
- Club Secretary ~ International President Excellence Award
Lion Tebo has been recognized for his contributions to Lionism with awards including 100% Attendance, Lion of the Year, Membership Key, District Governor Awards, and International President Awards. Lion Tebo is a Certified Guiding Lion, Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow (PMJF), Life Member of Camp Dorset (Kidney Dialysis Camp), Life Member of Lions Foundation of Canada (Dog Guides), Knight of Lake Joe (CNIB Camp for Blind, Visually Impaired, Deafblind), and Honorary Lions Guardian of Camp Huronda (Diabetes D-Camp for Children).
Lion Tebo is a proud graduate of ALL levels of LCI Leadership Development Institutes namely:
· 2017-2018 LCIP: Lions Certified Instructor Program - Pioneers (Oak Brook, Illinois, USA)
· 2016-2017 FDES: Faculty Development Excellent Series (February/March 2017)
· 2015-2016 FDI: Faculty Development Institute (Schaumburg, Illinois, USA)
· 2013-2014 ALLI: Advanced/Senior Lions Leadership Institute (OakBrook, Illinois,USA)
· 2012-2013 ELLI: Emerging Lions Leadership Institute (Toronto, ON, Canada)
Lion Tebo was among the first ever graduates of the USA-Canada Forum’s Lions University (LU):
· 2017 LU Doctorate degree conferred by LCI President Dr. Naresh Aggarwal at the 41st USA-Canada Forum 2017 (Portland, OR).
· 2016 LU Masters degree conferred by LCI President Chancellor Robert Corlew at the 40th USA-Canada Forum 2016 (Omaha, NE).
· 2015 LU Bachelor degree conferred by LCI President Dr. Jitsuhiro Yamada at the 39th USA-Canada Lions Leadership Forum 2015 (Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA).
Lion Tebo was has attended all District/Multiple Conventions since 2007, all USA-Canada Lions Leadership Forums since 2015, and all Lions Clubs International Conventions (LCICON) since 2014 (Volunteer Team Leader in Toronto Canada 2014; Hawaii USA 2015; Fukuoka Japan 2016; 100th Centennial Chicago USA 2017, Las Vegas Nevada USA 2018; Milan Italy 2019, and registered for Singapore 2020.
Lion Terrence has displayed his skills in coordinating projects, group activities, discussions and presentations. He has successfully chaired projects at the club, zone, region, and district levels including Region & Zone Meetings, Convention Registration, Convention Workshops, Training, and headed many committees and projects at the club level. He has attended many forums of the International Associations of Lions Clubs including District Governor Advisory (Zone/Region) & Cabinet Meetings,District/Multiple District/International Conventions, and was a volunteer Team Leader at the 97th Lions Clubs International Convention in Toronto July 4-8, 2014.
Over the years Lion Tebo has served on many Lions Projects including Adopt-A-Space, Back-to-School Presentations, Children’s Fun Day, Kiddies Park at JNF Hospital, New-To-You, Saddlers Elderly Home luncheons, School Library Project, World Service Day Cleanup as well as assistance during natural disasters, conducting vision screenings, equipped hospitals and clinics, distributed medicine, and raised awareness of diabetes and eye disease. He has contributed to Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF), and participated in community projects for charitable donations to Canadian National Institute of the Blind (CNIB) Lake Joseph, Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA), Camp Dorset (Dialysis Machines), Lions Foundation of Canada (Dog Guides), and most recently the District A-711 Sick Kids Hospital Ophthalmology Redevelopment Project.
His passion for adventure and entertainment led him to be a 6'-stilt prancer as an original member of the Peter Mock-o-Jumbies cultural troop of Sandy Point.
His passion for nature and sports saw him as the motivational Blue House Master at the Basseterre High School, and later leading the pack running and hiking with the St Kitts Hash House Harriers.
His passion for music, culture, and singing directed him to assist in leading the Liamuiga Folk Singers cultural group, and to join several choirs including the UNB Bicentennial Choir, Metro Toronto GOG Choir, ECCB Note$, BCG Choir, and the St Christopher Choral Society.
His passion for service to the community extends beyond Lions Clubs International, as he has been an active member of other various community service and social groups and has served in several leadership capacities including Vice President of Junior Chamber International (JCI) St. Kitts Jaycees, Director of the Shaping Our Society (SOS) Club, and co-organizer for M.E.D.I.A. (Management Educational Development & Information Advocates).
He enjoys drama, cycling, hashing/hiking, humor, movies, music, science, singing, sports, swimming, traveling, and long walks in the park. ;)