Councillor Dr. Faith B.Yisrael
Councillor Dr. Faith B.Yisrael (formerly Faith Brebnor) was raised in the village of Belle Garden, where she attended pre and primary school. She later attended the Roxborough Composite School, followed by Signal Hill Comprehensive for her GCE A-Levels education.
At secondary school, she was successful academically while playing the Steel Pan and being part of the Trinidad and Tobago Cadet Force. Dr. B.Yisrael later ventured to the USA, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in Neuroscience from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree and a Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) degree in Behavioral and Community Health Sciences from the Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh.
After completing her studies, Dr. B.Yisreal returned to Tobago in 2007 to give back. She worked with the then Division of Health and Social Services, Tobago House of Assembly on the popular wellness programme “Know Your Numbers”. She was also instrumental in the development of the 2012 Tobago Health Needs Assessment and 2013 Strategic Plan for her Division, while representing the Tobago House of Assembly at national, regional and international conferences and meetings.
Dr. B.Yisrael has a strong research and policy background, however, her passion is education. She lectured at various tertiary institutions in the areas of Environmental Health, Occupational Safety and Health, Psychology, and a wide range of classes relating to Public Health. She also provides life skills training to schools, churches and other community organizations.
In 2017, she contested the Tobago House of Assembly elections for the Goodwood/Belle Garden seat under the Progressive Democratic Patriots (PDP), which she narrowly missed by five (5) votes. She currently serves as the Minority Councillor in the Tobago House of Assembly.
Dr. B.Yisrael continues to give back to the community that raised her. She is on the board of several organisations that train and empower future generations. Dr. Faith follows the teachings of the Hebrew Israelites, which nurtures her guiding mantra: “act so as to encourage the best in others, and by so doing, you will develop the best in yourself.” As a result, she recently founded the “Imani bet Knesset Foundation” a non-governmental organisation that works closely with special communities, including people living with HIV.