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Only stand­ing room re­mained as ap­prox­i­mately one hun­dred and sixty (160) mem­bers and 11 staff mem­bers gath­ered for the Saint Lu­cia Na­tional Trust’s (SLNT) 38th An­nual Gen­eral Meet­ing (AGM) on Satur­day Novem­ber 22, 2014 at the Bougainvil­lea Con­fer­ence Room, Bay Gar­dens Ho­tel in Rod­ney Bay. The attendance was a vast im­prove­ment over the last AGM which recorded only 63 mem­bers and 16 staff. Gov­er­nor Gen­eral of Saint Lu­cia and Pa­tron of the SLNT, Her Ex­cel­lency Dame Pear­lette Louisy said, “I’m par­tic­u­larly pleased with the turn out for the meet­ing this year after lament­ing about the level of attendance last year”.

Her Ex­cel­lency in­di­cated that her chal­lenge to the Trust this year is the main­te­nance of the His­tor­i­cal Sites, specif­i­cally those vested to us, in­clud­ing the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of the Mil­i­tary Ceme­tery on the Morne For­tune. She went on to thank the Sec­re­tariat for in­creas­ing the num­ber of events for mem­bers to par­tic­i­pate in.

Sub­se­quently, out­go­ing Chair­per­son, Dr. Vas­an­tha Chase rec­og­nized from the on­set of her re­port the com­mit­ment and ded­i­ca­tion of the out­go­ing Coun­cil to the ad­vance­ment of the Trust. She also ac­knowl­edged the ef­forts of the Saint Lu­cia Archaeological and His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety to im­prove its rep­re­sen­ta­tion on Coun­cil. Dr. Chase re­ported that a num­ber of pro­pos­als writ­ten by staff have at­tracted sig­nif­i­cant fund­ing to carry out var­i­ous projects such as the Caribbean Fish Sanc­tu­ary Part­ner­ship Ini­tia­tive (C-Fish) which aims to strengthen com­mu­nity-based marine pro­tected ar­eas in the Point Sables En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Area (PSEPA) and the East­ern Caribbean Marine Man­age­ment Area Net­work (ECMMAN) Project which also fo­cuses on key el­e­ments of the PSEPA Man­age­ment Plan. Men­tion was also made of the Wal­cott Place Project which the Trust has un­der­taken as per Gov­ern­ment’s di­rec­tive. This project seeks to trans­form the child­hood home of Derek and Roderick Wal­cott into a mu­seum and a na­tional cul­tural land­mark.

The elec­tions of Coun­cilors, which was one of the most an­tic­i­pated items on the agenda, re­sulted in two new Coun­cilors join­ing the fold, namely Mr. Eg­bert Stevens and Mr. James Shin­gle­ton Smith. Dr. Vas­an­tha Chase, Mr. Cal­ixte George Ju­nior, Mrs. Lisa Louis Philip, Ms. Si­mone Mon­de­sir and Mr. Lyn­dale James were re­elected to con­tinue their work on Coun­cil. The Trust’s 2014/15 Coun­cil will be fully con­sti­tuted after the Archaeological and His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety name their rep­re­sen­ta­tives. Gov­ern­ment’s rep­re­sen­ta­tives on Coun­cil are Mr. Crispin d’Au­vergne and Mr. Dun­ley Au­guste.

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