‘Vi­sion’ launched at L’Abayee

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

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

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