The George Brizan Legacy Committee (GBLC) will be hosting a number of events this month in honour of the late Prime Minister and founder of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).
Brizan who also had a stint as Leader of the Opposition served on occasions as Minister of Finance and Trade, as well as Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.
Regarded as one of the island’s better known author and scholar, Brizan was born on October 31, 1942 in St. David and died on February 18, 2012 after a battle against diabetes and other ailments.
In a release issued, GBLC said that on Sunday (February 15) three of Brizan’s former colleagues will highlight his career in Education, Agriculture and Politics during the Sundays with George Grant Programme on Chime FM radio station.
According to the committee, as an educator, Brizan was very instrumental in establishing the Institute of Further Education (IFE), now transformed to the T.A Marryshow Community College (TAMCC).
Current TAMCC students are included in the planned programme of events as the institution will host the George Brizan Legacy Lecture at 9.00 a.m. on Thursday with the topic being, “Education for Social and Economic Elevation.”
The General public is invited to attend the George Brizan Legacy Forum (GBLF) at 7.00 p.m. on Thursday night at the Grenada Trade Centre.
The event will be held under the theme “Agriculture and Agribusiness -The Nutmeg Industry: Grenada’s Black Gold.”
The GBLC said the event is being held in recognition of Brizan’s contribution to agriculture and his promotion of the nutmeg industry as the key to Grenada’s economic development.
The keynote address at the Forum would focus on the pragmatic approach to applied research by Brizan and would be delivered by Dr. Didacus Jules, Director General of the Secretariat of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS).
GBLC said the Forum would be preceded by a display of the work of Brizan and an exhibition of spice plants, commencing at 6.00 p.m.
Brizan had his early education at St. Dominic’s Roman Catholic Primary School and then at Presentation Brothers College.
He also attended the Grenada Teachers College, University of Calgary and Carlton University in Canada, as well as the University of the West Indies (UWI).
He attained a Certificate of Education from UWI, degrees of Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in History and Economics from the University of Calgary and a degree of Master of Arts in International Economics Relations from Carlton University.
From 1963 to 1984 he taught at the Grenada Boys Secondary School (GBSS) and served as a lecturer at the Institute for Further Education (IFE).
Brizan also served as Acting Principal of (IFE) and as Chief Education Officer in the Ministry of Education.
Within months of the collapse of the Grenada Revolution in October 1983, Brizan entered frontline politics when he launched the National Democratic Party (NDP), which later merged with Herbert Blaize’s Grenada National Party (GNP) and the Grenada Democratic Movement (GDM) of Dr. Francis Alexis in August 1984 to create the New National Party (NNP).
Brizan contested his first national elections in December 1984 and won the St. George North-east seat. He was elected as the MP for the area for three consecutive terms to serve in the House of Representatives.
Disagreements surfaced with the Blaize-led NNP administration and in April 1987, Brizan went into opposition and soon formed the National Democratic Congress (NDC) which took the seat of power following the 1990 general elections.
A prolific author, his publications included “Grenada Island of Conflict”, “The Nutmeg Industry- Grenada’s Black Gold”, and “The Education Reform Process”.