A Trib­ute to Dona­tus Keith St. Aimee

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

On Sun­day 19th April, 2015 fam­ily, friends and col­leagues of Dona­tus Keith St. Aimee will get to­gether at the La­borie Vil­lage Square to pay trib­ute to a very re­mark­able per­son. Keith, or ‘Mutch' as he was af­fec­tion­ately known, died on Thurs­day 9th April, 2015 fol­low­ing a short ill­ness. A cul­tural en­thu­si­ast, Keith's pas­sion for Saint Lu­cian cul­ture will be recog­nised in the per­for­mances by sev­eral lo­cal artistes at this event.

Trained in Marine Bi­ol­ogy and in In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions, Keith served as a teacher, civil ser­vant and diplo­mat with post­ings in Cas­tries, Port of Spain and New York. Though he was a Caribbean man at heart, his affin­ity and com­mit­ment to Haiti was no se­cret. He was cog­nizant of the Caribbean's debt to the world's first black Repub­lic and, as a na­tive Cre­ole speaker, played a big role in link­ing Haiti to the rest of the re­gion. Dur­ing his stint with the United Na­tions Eco­nomic Com­mis­sion for Latin Amer­ica and the Caribbean (ECLAC), he was in­stru­men­tal in strength­en­ing sev­eral Caribbean or­gan­i­sa­tions and net­works. Th­ese in­cluded the Caribbean Devel­op­ment and Co­op­er­a­tion Com­mit­tee and the Global Wa­ter Part­ner­ship in the Caribbean

Un­doubt­edly, Keith was a suc­cess­ful diplo­mat and ca­reer civil ser­vant. How­ever, wher­ever he went and what­ever he did, he never loos­ened his ties to the vil­lage of La­borie nor its peo­ple. His in­volve­ment in party pol­i­tics did not in any way af­fect his close re­la­tion­ship with all peo­ple in the con­stituency. His ex­cep­tional sense of hu­mour and in­fec­tious smile were the hall­marks of his per­son­al­ity. He will be fondly re­mem­bered for his knowl­edge of lo­cal his­tory and as a fab­u­lous en­ter­tainer in the tra­di­tion of African sto­ry­telling.

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