The Honourable Terrence Deyalsingh, Minister of Health, is the Member of Parliament for St. Joseph, in the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago.
Deyalsingh’s life and career emulates the diversity of the constituency of St. Joseph, ranging from the rich agricultural Aranguez plains to the vibrant culture reflective of its ethnic, racial and religious mix.
Terrence Deyalsingh was first educated at the Curepe Presbyterian School before entering the prestigious walls of St Mary’s College. Upon completion he went on to pursue a Diploma in Pharmacy at the University of the West Indies (UWI) in 1981. Subsequently, he earned a Post Graduate Diploma in International Marketing, from the Chartered Institute of Marketing, UK, before returning to UWI in 2007 to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy. In 2013, he qualified for the Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from the University of London, International Programme.
Before his stint in politics, Deyalsingh started his career as a lecturer in the Institute of Training and Development (INTAD). From 2011 he served as a part-time Lecturer in the School of Pharmacy, Faculty of Medical Sciences, Mt. Hope. From 2003-2006 he was a member of the Cabinet -appointed Committee on Labour Market Reform and chaired the sub-committee on Labour Market Information, all of which derived from his passion in business management.
Subsequently, Deyalsingh entered the realm of politics, where he served as a Temporary Opposition Senator during the 10th Republican Parliament. He was appointed a Senator on November 2, 2010 and served until October 14, 2013, when he accepted the nomination to contest the St. Joseph constituency in a by-election, which he won on Monday November 4, 2013. During this tenure in the Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago, he has served on the Standing Orders Committee of the Senate, as well as on the Finance Committee.
Deyalsingh is certainly a family man who selflessly serves his community. He has been a Curepe Presbyterian School PTA Chairman (1996-1997) and Chairman of The Curepe Presbyterian Church Local Board (2003-2004). He is currently a member of the Queen’s Park Cricket Club and the St. Augustine Tennis Club. In his home area of Valsayn, he is an active member of the Residents’ Association. More recently he became a member of the Vital Corner Boys Cultural Club of St. Joseph supporting the cultural events managed by the group.
As Minister of Health, Deyalsingh’s main goal is to bring the three highs, being blood pressure, sugar and cholesterol to the three lows. As Member of Parliament for St. Joseph his aspiration is to provide the level of representation deserving of its status to his constituents.