First Cit­i­zens Helps Cel­e­brate Ex­cel­lence for No­bel Lau­re­ate Week

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

First Cit­i­zens In­vest­ment Ser­vices has once again re­newed its sup­port for the com­mem­o­ra­tion of No­bel Lau­re­ate Week, which hon­ours Saint Lu­cia’s two No­bel Lau­re­ates, Sir Arthur Lewis for Eco­nom­ics and the Honourable Derek Wal­cott for Lit­er­a­ture.

As the ac­tiv­i­ties for the an­nual event were rolled out on Tues­day 12th Jan­uary at the Gov­er­nor Gen­eral’s res­i­dence, the com­pany’s Re­gional Man­ager, Mrs Ca­role EleuthereJn Marie, praised this year’s theme: “Cel­e­brat­ing Ex­cel­lence - Trans­form­ing Lives” while also re­it­er­at­ing First Cit­i­zens’ com­mit­ment to en­cour­ag­ing the de­vel­op­ment of the Arts.

“No­bel Lau­re­ate Week re­minds us that one of our most im­por­tant re­sources is our peo­ple. So much of why we are renowned around the world has to do with the achieve­ments of th­ese two great men,” Mrs Jn Marie noted, adding that seek­ing ex­cel­lence in all aspects of busi­ness was part of the mantra of the First Cit­i­zens Group.

“First Cit­i­zens is proud of our record in the re­gion and es­pe­cially in Saint Lu­cia for sup­port­ing cul­ture, education and the Arts,” she said. “In our ef­forts to keep No­bel Lau­re­ate Week and our cul­ture at the fore­front of our de­vel­op­ment we must em­brace and change, to un­der­stand that the way we reach young minds has evolved. Hence a nat­u­ral fit for us at First Cit­i­zens was for our sup­port to go di­rectly to the pro­duc­tion of the Schools Theatre Arts Fes­ti­val which gives stu­dents a plat­form to show­case their cre­ative side and show off their love for the theatre.”

The Re­gional Man­ager ap­plauded the ef­forts of the No­bel Lau­re­ate Com­mit­tee to bring more vis­i­bil­ity to the ac­tiv­i­ties through the use of so­cial me­dia and also agreed with the call from the Gov­er­nor Gen­eral for No­bel Lau­re­ate Week to be trans­formed into a fes­ti­val. The Week will run from Jan­uary 17th to 30th with some of the ac­tiv­i­ties stretch­ing into Fe­bru­ary.

“A week is def­i­nitely not enough and I echo the sen­ti­ments of Dame Pear­lette in this, the 22nd year of this trib­ute. First Cit­i­zens con­grat­u­lates the No­bel Lau­re­ate Com­mit­tee on this launch and looks for­ward to a Week filled with ac­tiv­i­ties that are be­fit­ting a cel­e­bra­tion of two of the world’s great­est minds.”

For her part Gov­er­nor Gen­eral Dame Pear­lette, Chair­per­son of the Com­mit­tee, en­cour­aged all Saint Lu­cians to em­brace the ac­tiv­i­ties as­so­ci­ated with the Week; most of them are free and open to the pub­lic. She thanked First Cit­i­zens for its con­tin­u­ous spon­sor­ship of the No­bel Lau­re­ate ‘Fes­ti­val’ and other pri­vate sec­tor part­ners for ini­tia­tives to spread the word about the sig­nif­i­cance of No­bel Lau­re­ate Week.

Dame Pear­lette noted that the theme for this year’s No­bel Lau­re­ate Week was in­spired by the United Na­tions Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals to Trans­form Our World.

The Wal­cott School Fes­ti­val took place on Wed­nes­day this week at the Na­tional Cul­tural Cen­tre and fea­tured some ex­cel­lent works by stu­dents from around the is­land. The over­all win­ners were Janika Jules from the Ciceron Sec­ondary School in third, Sher­lan Lawrence from the Choiseul Sec­ondary in se­cond and Hayzan Louis from the Saint Joseph’s Con­vent in first place.

For a full list of ac­tiv­i­ties for No­bel Lau­re­ate Week please visit: face­book.com/No­belLau­re­ateWeekSain­tLu­cia/.

Re­gional Man­ager Ca­role Eleuthere-Jn Marie makes spon­sor­ship pre­sen­ta­tion to Dame Pear­lette Louisy.

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