Allyson Hamel-Smith joined the Cotton Tree Foundation in 1990, in the early planning stages. She worked closely with Desmond Allum and other founding members to establish the educational programs.
Ms. Hamel-Smith is a Psychologist by profession and has worked with children and adolescents for the past thirty (30) years in Trinidad and Tobago and other Caribbean territories. She is committed to the early identification of “at-risk” youth, and the development of programs to ensure success of all children. Particular expertise is in preventing school failure, teacher education and parent support groups.
Ms. Hamel-Smith received her undergraduate training from York University, Toronto and graduate training from the University of Toronto, Canada. She has worked for the UNFPA and the Word Bank in the area of Family Life Education and school failure. She works with allied NGO’s in Trinidad and Tobago and is committed to developing affordable and sustainable indigenous services for high-risk children.