By Dr. Mark Vaccaro

 

 

 

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1970 Visit of Hand of the Cause of God Amatu’l-Baha Ruhiyyih Khanum to Dominica 

Hand of the Cause of God Amatu’l-Baha Ruhiyyih Khanum with the Ellards – the first pioneers to Dominica.  Front Row L to R: Satu Ellard, Hand of the Cause of God Amatu’l-Baha Ruhiyyih Khanum
Second Row L to R: Ivor Ellard, Frank Farnum, Anna Ellard, Violette Nakhjavani

 

22 March, 1977 Visit of Hand of the Cause of God Enoch Olinga to Dominica

Hand of the Cause of God Enoch Olinga presenting Baha’i books to Mr. H. Christian, Deputy Premier of Dominica

 

 

 

March, 1980 Visit of Hand of the Cause of God John Robarts to Soufriere, Dominica

Hand of the Cause of God John Robarts visits Soufriere

Adults L to R: Leo Grell, Daniel Firman, Rhoda Bethelmie, David Tavernier, Henry Francis, Matthew Andrew, Audrey Robarts, Hand of the Cause of God John Robarts

 

 

1981 1st Teaching Conference in Dominica

Participants in the 1st Teaching Conference in Dominica’s Teachers Training College

 

 

 

November, 1981 Linda Cholas Visit

Visit of Native American Traveling Teacher Linda Cholas to DominicaLinda Cholas holding her son Rahamatu’llah

Visit of Native American Traveling Teacher Linda Cholas to Dominica

 

Adults L to R: Paul Elizee, Christaline Elizee, Linda Cholas holding her son

 

 

 

 

1981 Pioneers by the roadside

 

L to R: Dr. Mark Vaccaro, Dr. Heshmat Ta’eed, Dr. Khosrow Nafisi, (travel teacher), Nosrat Ta’eed, Edith Segen Johnson

 

 

 

 

1981 Pottersville, Roseau Children’s Class

Jennifer Williams is third from the left in the front row; Katherine Williams is fourth from the left in the second holding her daughter Nadia; Allison Vaccaro is first on the left in the third row; Brian Williams is second from the left in the third row; Beverley (unknown last name) is third from the left in the third row.

 

1981 Roseau Market Display

 

Pioneer Albert Segen is seen in the center

 

 

 

 
Baha’i Display at the Roseau Market

L to R: Christaline Elizee’s sister, Nosrat Ta’eed, Gia Parks (granddaughter of the Ta’eeds), Dr. Heshmat Ta’eed, Fazi Parks (grandson of the Ta’eeds), Allison Vaccaro, Edith Segen Johnson

 

 

1 August, 1982 Carib Territory Summer School

 

Pioneer Nancy Thomas is seen speaking to those who attended.

 

 

 

1 August, 1982 Carib Territory Summer School

Adults standing L to R: Nancy Thomas, Edith Segen Johnson, Catherine Alleyne, Albert Segen, Christaline Elizee, Stephanie Bloodworth (traveling teacher from Canada)In the foreground with the children:  Paul Elizee

 

 

1982 December Roseau Unity Feast

 

 

 

 

 

 

June1982 District Teaching Committee

L to R: Brian Williams, Maryam Ta’eed, Dr. Mark Vaccaro, Louis Joseph, Connie Didier Astaphan

Louis Joseph was the first Dominican to become a Baha’i.

 

 

12 February, 1982 Earl Healy Visit

Visit of Native American Traveling Teacher Earl Healy to Dominica

Earl Healy speaking at an Observance of World Religion Day

 

 

Visit of Native American Traveling Teacher Earl Healy to Dominica.L to R: Allison Vaccaro Auxiliary Board Member for Propagation, Earl Healy, Mark Vaccaro, Catherine Alleyne

 

 

L to R: John Charles, Allison Vaccaro Auxiliary Board Member for Propagation, Earl Healy

 

Grandbay

 

 

1982 Earl Healy Visit

 

 

 

 

 

 

1982 Earl Healy Visit,

with Arthur Irwin

 

 

1982 Earl Healy Visit at

Pointe Michel, with Allison Vaccaro

 

 

 

 

1982 Grandbay Teaching

 

Pioneer Nancy Thomas is in the center between two Dominican women

 

 

 

June, 1982 Meherangiz Munsiff Visit

 

Knight of Baha’u’llah Meherangiz Munsiff is seen embracing a child; Traveling Teacher Vahid Khaze is seen seated next to Mrs. Munsiff.

 

 

 

 

 

Circa: 1982 Morne Prosper Teaching

 

Dr. Heshmat Ta’eed and Nosrat  Ta’eed in their jeep on a teaching trip to Morne Prosper

 

 

 

1982 Morne Prosper Teaching

Seated on the ground in the center: Dr. Heshmat Ta’eed

Seated on the step L to R: Catherine Alleyne (Roseau Baha’i), Nosrat Ta’eed, Edith Segen Johnson, Edward Bunche (Morne Prosper Baha’i)

 

 

4 November,  1982 November Roseau Unity Feast

 

Held at the Ti Ki Restaurant operated by Albert and Connie Astaphan (early Dominican Baha’i)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1982 onward Baha’i Radio Programs in Dominica

L to R: Rosemund Jules, Dr. Mark Vaccaro, Ken Dill

Recording a Baha’i Faith radio program to be aired on DBS (Dominica Broadcasting Services) Radio.

Home of Albert Segen, in Goodwill, Roseau.

The Baha’is of Dominica first began producing and broadcasting radio programs in 1982.  This continued for many years and as of 2012 the programs were still being recorded in Dominica and locally broadcast.  The 15 minute radio program has been and continues to be broadcast every Sunday morning.  It can be heard throughout Dominica and sometimes on nearby islands as well.  The recordings were originally made and edited in a simple studio in Albert Segen’s home as shown in the photograph.  Later recordings were made in the homes of Baha’is in the villages.

 

 

November, 1982 Pioneers at Canefield Airport

L to R: Dr. Heshmat Ta’eed, Nosrat Ta’eed, Nancy Thomas, Vahid Khaze, Edith Segen Johnson, Maryam Ta’eed

 

 

 

 

June 1982, 1982 Roseau Gathering

 

L to R: Sonny Felix (Roseau Baha’i), unknown, unknown, Steve Hilyard (Pioneer)

 

 

 

1982 Salisbury Teaching

 

L to R: Nazim Harry (Salisbury Baha’i), Vahid Khaze (Traveling Teacher)

 

 

 

Adults standing in the back row L to R:  Clive Tully (Pioneer), Nazim Harry (Salisbury Baha’i)

 

 

 

August, 1982 Summer Teaching Project

Standing on the ground in the front L to R: Dr. Edna Houston (Traveling Teacher USA), Alex Blake (Traveling Teacher USA), Nosrat Ta’eed (Pioneer), Edith Segen Johnson (Pioneer), Gwen Williams (Traveling Teacher USA), Eleanor Oleson (Traveling Teacher USA), Dr. Mark Vaccaro (Pioneer), Brian Williams (Pioneer), Stephanie Bloodworth (Traveling Teacher Canada), Catherine Alleyne (Roseau Baha’i)

Standing on the wall in the back L to R: Youssef Vijeh (Traveling Teacher USA), unknown, Clive Tully (Pioneer), Dr. Heshmat Ta’eed (Pioneer)

 Gathering at the Ti Ki Restaurant, Roseau

L to R: Marilyn Alleyne (Roseau Baha’i), Nancy Thomas (Pioneer), Gwen Williams (Traveling Teacher USA), unknown, Alex Blake (Traveling Teacher USA), Steve Hilyard (Pioneer)

 

 

October, 1982 Tete Morne Children’s Class

Phillip Warrington is the youth seated on the bench far right; Allison Vaccaro Auxiliary Board Member for Propagation is seated on a chair on the far right.

 

 

 

January, 1983 1st Island-wide Teaching Conference

Held at the Red Cross building in the Goodwill section of Roseau

Counsellor Peter McLaren attended.  100 people attended from 11 villages.

 

 

 

29 May, 1983    1st National Convention

 

Hand of the Cause of God Mr. Dhikru’llah Khadem opens the 1st National Baha’i Convention in Dominica

 

 

 

 

 

Baha’is during a break at the 1st National Baha’i Convention in Dominica

Talking in the foreground L to R: Lynda Nedden, Connie Didier Astaphan, Alan Brown

Singing in the background L to R: Mona George-Dill, Richie George

1st National Baha’i Convention in Dominica official photograph

Hand of the Cause of God Mr. Dhikru’llah Khadem is seen in the center.

 

 

Hand of the Cause of God Mr. Dhikru’llah Khadem is seen in the center.  Seated to his right is Counsellor Mrs. Ruth Pringle.  Seated to his left is Allison Vaccaro Auxiliary Board Member for Propagation.  Seated to Mrs. Vaccaro’s left is Mrs. Hushniyyih Baha’i (Mama Baha’i) who traveled from Guadeloupe.

 

 

L to R: Allison Vaccaro Auxiliary Board Member for Propagation, Mrs. Hushniyyih Baha’i (Mama Baha’i) who traveled from Guadeloupe.  Mama Baha’i is a descendant of Mirza Muhammad-Quli, the faithful half brother of Baha’u’llah who was His companion in exile

 

 

 

 

Baha’is from Guadeloupe and Martinique who attended the convention

L to R: Mr. Charles Fitzsimmons, unknown Baha’i, unknown Canadian Baha’i with her son, Mr. J. Keller, Mrs. Hushniyyih Baha’i (Mama Baha’i), unknown Canadian Baha’i

 

First National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Dominica with Hand of the Cause of God Mr. Dhikru’llah Khadem and Counsellor Mrs. Ruth Pringle

First Row L to R: Connie Didier Astaphan, Hand of the Cause of God Mr. Dhikru’llah Khadem, Delia Joseph, Mona George-Dill

Second Row L to R: Albert Segen, Alan Brown, Paul Elizee, Counsellor Mrs. Ruth Pringle, Dr. Heshmat Ta’eed

National Spiritual Assembly members not present: Ken Dill, Edith Segen Johnson

 

Informal Meeting with Hand of the Cause of God Mr. Dhikru’llah Khadem

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1983 Roseau LSA

Seven of the nine members of the Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Roseau

First Row L to R: Nosrat Ta’eed, Catherine Alleyne, Connie Didier Astaphan

Second Row L to R: Sonny Felix, Dr. Heshmat Ta’eed, Dr. Mark Vaccaro, Dr. Philip Cooles

 

 

January, 1983 Visit of Counsellor Peter McLaren to Dominica

Seated in the front L to R: Ken Dill, Counsellor Peter McLaren, Katherine Williams, Sandra Cooles, Mona George-Dill, Dr. Heshmat Ta’eed

Standing L to R: Vahid Khaze, Brian Williams, Margaret Knobloch, Albert Segen, Ghodsie Yazdani, Dr. Philip Cooles, Allison Vaccaro Auxiliary Board Member for Propagation, (three people aligned front to back: front Maryam Ta’eed, middle Edith Segen Johnson, back probably Farzam Kamalibadi), Sonny Felix, Nosrat Ta’eed

Vicinity of Roseau