THE Founder and Executive President of Vision on Mission Wayne Chance did something positive to what was greatly needed in Trinidad and Tobago.
This was part of a tribute by Prime Minister Keith Rowley on the late Chance who died on Sunday evening after ailing for some time.
In a statement, Rowley described Chance as “a citizen who saw a great need in our society and took it upon himself to do something positive about it.
“He fashioned and grew a response that helped many people and in doing so saved the nation from totally discarding many of those who ran afoul of the law and paid their dues after having been sentenced.
“Mr Chance was a leading light of useful activism and his passing leaves us saddened and impoverished.
“On behalf of the Government and a grateful people we join his family in giving thanks for his life and vision as we mourn his loss.”
Through Vision on Mission, ex-prisoners were given a chance of rehabilitation and jobs when they left prison.
The Trinidad and Tobago Prison Service also extended condolences saying the NGO assisted “with temporary shelter and after-care of ex-inmates upon release from prison.
“He was the recipient of several distinguished awards including the Hummingbird Silver in 2010 for Community Service.
“The Trinidad and Tobago Prison Service recognises and acknowledges the work done by Mr Chance and prays that his loved ones be comforted during this trying time.”
Chance’s Facebook page was also replete with condolences from the public.
Celestine SA said, “Words cannot express the shocking news i heard this morning! On the passing of Mr Wayne Brian Chance. You certainly touch the lives of many…you’ve done yeoman service to the people of Trinidad & Tobago the Caribbean and the world to an extension.
“You’ve done what others would’ve turn away. But you saw the vision, and make it a mission of life!! While others criticised, you steadfastly hold to your beliefs in doing it right for Spite. And because of this… many will be the beneficiaries of your endeavors. You toiled long and hard in the vineyard…and the Father see it fit for you to come home.”
Roxanne said, “What a sad day! Your work and efforts will always be remember, you did a lot for this country!!….Gone too soon….RIP Wayne.”