Out­stand­ing Saint Lu­cians Hon­oured at In­vesti­ture Cer­e­mony

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

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.

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