Wel­come Back Kayra!

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - By Rick Wayne

I t is with much plea­sure and a whole lot of pride that I an­nounce the wel­come re­turn to the STAR of Ms Kayra Wil­liams, as ed­i­tor. Plea­sure, yes, be­cause it al­ways makes me happy to ob­serve young peo­ple con­fi­dently pur­su­ing their goals. Quite ob­vi­ously Kayra has learned a lot from her stint in Canada, mostly about life.And life, whether or not we re­al­ize it, is what writ­ers write about; our own and the lives of those we daily en­counter; who make up our so­ci­ety. What we write about others, liv­ing or inan­i­mate, has al­ways re­vealed more about us.

I am par­tic­u­larly proud that Kayra started her work life at this news­pa­per, soon after grad­u­at­ing from Cas­tries Com­pre­hen­sive Sec­ondary School. I might add that a num­ber of our more prom­i­nent jour­nal­ists worked or in­terned at the STAR, among them the sin­gu­lar Ni­cole Mc­Don­ald (now at­tached to the prime min­is­ter’s of­fice) who joined our ed­i­to­rial depart­ment at age 18—her first job—as a ju­nior reporter un­der the bril­liant Molly McDaniel—then rose to the po­si­tion of ed­i­tor. I con­tinue to be proud of Ni­cole, as I am of El­iza Fran­cis-Vic­tor, who be­gan her writ­ing life as a STAR reporter then worked her way to the ed­i­tor’s chair (un­til a cer­tain Mr. Vic­tor in­ter­fered with her jour­nal­is­tic horo­scope. Oh, but I jest. El­iza con­tin­ues to write en­gag­ingly both for the STAR, oc­ca­sion­ally, and for her web­site!)

But back to our new ed­i­tor. She has come a long, long way, has Ms Wil­liams, proof of which is ev­i­dent in her own “Ed­i­tor’s Let­ter” mis­sive in this is­sue. There she of­fers a hint of her per­sonal de­vel­op­ment and what re­turned her to the Rock of Sages. I can vouch for the fact that, like Donna Sum­mer, this lady works hard for the money, of­ten en­ter­ing fear­some zones in pur­suit of her sto­ries. But pri­mar­ily Kayra writes be­cause she can’t help it. She was born to do what she does, even though she has at times ques­tioned this truth (what writer hasn’t con­fronted the de­mon of self-doubt?). I need say no more, save that I be­lieve it won’t be long be­fore the lady makes her spe­cial in­deli­ble mark on the pub­lic psy­che.

Wel­come back Ms Wil­liams!

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