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Saint Lucia’s Governor-General, Dame Pearlette Louisy is celebrating her 70th birth anniversary today.
She was born Calliopa Pearlette Louisy on June 8, 1946 in the seaside village of Laborie.
After her early schooling there, she won a scholarship in 1960 to attend the prestigious St Joseph’s Convent Secondary School.
She later studied at the University of the West Indies, then to Laval University in Quebec. She later obtained her PhD from the UK’s University of Bristol, in education management.
Dame Louisy began her career at the Laborie Infant School, then at St Joseph’s Convent Secondary School, before moving to Sir Arthur Lewis Community College.
She was appointed Dean of the Division of Arts, Science and General Studies and later Principal.
On September 17, 1997, she was sworn in as Governor -General of St. Lucia, becoming the first woman to hold this post. Two years later she was knighted by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
She is credited for bringing creole to Parliament.
Dame Louisy was the first Governor-General to deliver part of the Throne Speech to Parliament in Creole. Now she regularly uses it in other official speeches and encourages its use around the island.
During her over 17 years in office, she has become patron of several service organisations, launched a number of charities and a social education fund providing scholarships to needy students.
She actively engages with the young, speaking to and hosting school children at Government House.