Audrey Layne Jeffers
Audrey Layne Jeffers was born in Woodbrook, Trinidad and Tobago, in 1896. Jeffers was brought up in a comfortable home and given the best education available at the time for girls. Although she excelled in many areas, her eyes were focused on a career in social sciences.
After graduating from primary school, Jeffers went abroad to further her education and couldn’t return to Trinidad until the end of World War I. When the war ended, she returned to the island and dedicated her life to providing social services to the less fortunate in the society. She founded the Coterie of Social Workers. This organization was later to become one of the country’s most effective organizations for attending to the needs of underprivileged children, with an emphasis on supplying free meals to them.
For nearly 50 years, Jeffers ran the institution with the help of dedicated women who assisted her in forming branches of the coterie in many parts of Trinidad.