‘Vision’ launched at L’Abayee
launch of a youth chorale at L’Abayee on Friday December 19th has sounded a strong note for the L’Abayee Primary School, the L’Abayee SDA Church and for the development of the growth and spread of gospel in Saint Lucia. This is due in no small part to the efforts of Gospel songstress Shirley-Ann Cyril-Mayers and Pamela Leon-Modeste. Vision, which is the name of the youth chorale, comprises youth members of the L’Abayee community with an interest in gospel music or with the ability to sing. The launch concert on December 19th was the culmination of 10 months of preparatory work and sets the twenty-four youngsters on their way to impacting their community through gospel ministry and community service.
According to Cyril-Mayers, the idea was borne from the realization that effort must be put into developing a sense of purpose and building the selfesteem of the primary school children before they go to secondary school where peer pressure can sidetrack children who lack the family support to realize their aims in life. Together, Leon-Modeste, a teacher and director of the school choir, and Cyril-Mayers, who is just completing her certification with Berklee College in vocal training (of individuals and choirs), embarked on a recruitment drive to form a group which would use gospel as their vehicle of creative and spiritual expression, and use community service