The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Scores of res­i­dents turned out un­der the pa­tron­age of Her Ex­cel­lency, Gover­nor Gen­eral Dame Pear­lette Louisy, for an event on Sun­day, Septem­ber 13, 2015. The La­borie chap­ter of the Na­tional Vol­un­teer Pro­gramme was of­fi­cially in­au­gu­rated un­der the aus­pices of one of that vil­lage’s most prom­i­nent cit­i­zens, with Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment, Hon. Alva Bap­tiste and Na­tional Vol­un­teer Co­or­di­na­tor, Mr. Cyril Saltibus, also in at­ten­dance. Her Ex­cel­lency is the pa­tron of Vol­un­teer Saint Lu­cia.

The brief cer­e­mony was held at the Lady of the Pu­rifi­ca­tion of the Blessed Vir­gin Mary, fol­low­ing a mass at the church. Dur­ing the course of the morn­ing’s pro­ceed­ings, the 26 inau­gu­ral mem­bers of the La­borie chap­ter took the vol­un­teer’s oath, the of­fi­cial stan­dard of the Na­tional Vol­un­teer Pro­gramme was hoisted by mem­bers of the La­borie Scouts Troop, and mem­bers of the La­borie Steel Or­ches­tra pro­vided en­ter­tain­ment.

Mr. Saltibus, ad­dress­ing the gath­er­ing, spoke of the im­por­tance of this de­vel­op­ment:

“As we con­tinue to pro­mote the true spirit of vol­un­teerism and col­lab­o­ra­tion in Saint Lu­cia, it is en­cour­ag­ing to see the young peo­ple of La­borie de­cid­ing to em­bark on an ini­tia­tive such as this, to for­mally present them­selves as vol­un­teers, and demon­strate the com­mit­ment to work to­gether for their per­sonal de­vel­op­ment, the de­vel­op­ment of the com­mu­nity and the de­vel­op­ment of the na­tion.”

Mr. Saltibus fur­ther ex­pressed the hope that more com­mu­ni­ties would fol­low the lead set by La­borie and es­tab­lish chap­ters of the na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tion. Stacy Chicot, one of the prin­ci­pal ar­chi­tects of the La­borie chap­ter, re­vealed that one of the group’s ini­tial goals is to un­der­take at least one com­mu­nity-based ac­tiv­ity per month.

H.E. Gover­nor Gen­eral Dame Pear­lette Louisy (cen­tre)

with of­fi­cials and vol­un­teers.

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