Outstanding Saint Lucians Honoured at Investiture Ceremony
As Prime Minister Honourable Allen M. Chastanet addressed the 2018 Queen's Birthday Honours recipients on Thursday October 25th, 2018 at Government House, he called the outstanding citizens heroes in their own right.
“I look around this morning and I see devoted educators who have helped shape the minds of generations, a doctor who brought so many lives into this world and dedicated community servants . . . You all qualify as heroes in the history books of Saint Lucia,” stated the prime minister.
The investiture ceremony is the presentation of the Medals of Honour which recognise those individuals who have made achievements in public life; committed themselves to serving and helping their community, or done outstanding work throughout their life.
The awardees received their Medals from Governor General, His Excellency Sir Emmanuel Neville Cenac, and included: Dr. Herbert Marius, CBE, for outstanding contribution to healthcare; Mrs. Augusta Ifill, OBE, for Education; Mr. Alphonsus Stanislas, MBE, for Education and Community Service; Mr. Julius Adjodha, BEM, for community service; Ms. Christina Alcide, BEM, for community service; and Mrs. Rita Catherine Dyer, BEM, for Education and Women Development.
“We are truly humbled to share this day with you and we remain in awe of your achievements . . . You did what you had to, for your family, for your community and for your nation. If we are to consider ourselves a caring and strong community we must take a moment always to say “thank you” to those who have contributed and continue to contribute to nation building,”
Prime Minister Chastanet stated in his address that the path taken by these Saint Lucians serves as an inspiration to others.
The prime minister also took the opportunity to call on all Saint Lucians to nominate heroes in their community for National Awards. The Order of Saint Lucia nomination process is now open and will be commemorated on the anniversary of Saint Lucia's Independence on February 22nd, 2019, when recipients will be recognized and awarded for their contribution and services to Saint Lucia.
“Our heroes are everywhere,” he noted, adding that as Saint Lucia prepares to mark her 40th anniversary of independence, we must celebrate our outstanding citizens “as we strive to build a stronger nation”.
On behalf of the Government and People of Saint Lucia, the Prime Minister congratulated the 2018 recipients and thanked them for their continued service.
Prime Minister and Governor General with awardees. Rear, from left: PM Allen Chastanet, Dr Marius, Mr Adjodha, Mr. Stanislas, GG Sir Neville; front, from left: Mrs Ifill, Ms. Alcide, Ms. Dyer.