(PRESS RELEASE) - It can be said by many that our world has developed a tendency of celebrating the life and achievements of many influential persons only after they have left this earthly world. The Choiseul Co-operative Credit Union Ltd. (CCCUL) operates within the philosophy that persons should be honoured and celebrated whilst alive and in this vein ensures that annually, an individual who has impacted the community of Choiseul is honoured by the institution. At a ceremony held on Sunday 29th October at the Roman Catholic Church, Mrs. Marcia Imogene Michtel was recognized and appreciated for her contribution to Community Life in Choiseul. Representatives from the National Workers Union, Choiseul Village Council, Health Aids and other community members said thank you to her for her dedicated service to the community of Choiseul. Mrs. Marcia Imogene Mitchel nee\u2019 Gabriel was born on 6th June, 1945 in the District of Laborie but after completing her infant education moved on to reside in the community of Dugard and there she completed the rest of her primary school education. After leaving school she took up her first employment post at the Dugard Combined School, where she served as a teacher in January 1959. Ms. Imogene later sought employment at Pac Estate Saint Lucia Ltd as an accounts clerk but did not stay in this position for too long as she moved on to becoming a Nutrition Aid, stationed at the Mongouge Health Center, with a focus primarily on stamping out malnutrition. She worked in this post for three (3) years and in 1979 was transferred to the La Fargue Health Center, where she worked with the community Health Aid programme. During her tenure, she did her utmost best to ensure that every child was immunized. Mrs. Mitchel was very instrumental in the advancement of the communities of Roblot and Lamaze as she assisted in helping them receive pipe born water. In addition Mrs. Imogene worked assiduously towards the construction of a bus shelter at the Lamaze gap. This lady of many talents has also been attached to the blind welfare association and has participated in many programs including a rehabilitation of the blind in Jamaica. Her tenacity for community development is undeniable and this lead to her assisting in the establishment of the Club 60 program as well as being a great advocate for persons with disabilities within the community, a passion which was fueled from the challenges which she experienced with her own son. She also wore the hat of a trade unionist as she was an advocate for workers rights. She worked with the National Workers Union and due to her outstanding performance in her field, the union selected Mrs. Mitchel to pursue academic studies on Trade Unionism in Brussels. Her caring nature was always recognized and it is in this vein that she was appointed as the manager of the senior citizens home at Malgretoute, Soufriere. Throughout her three (3) year tenure, she was highly praised by Government and private officials especially the late Health Minister, Romanus Lansiquot. During this time she was instrumental in instituting many positive changes within the establishment and propelled the move to provide paupers with affordable burials through the funeral homes instead of placing them in cargo boxes for burial. In March 1991, Mrs. Imogene was appointed as District Registrar, replacing Mrs. Hilda Rosemund. Her duties as registrar included recording birth and deaths, the registration of persons born out of wedlock, and affirming weddings authorized by the Attorney General. By the year 1997 she was given another appointment, this time as a Justice of the Peace (JP). For twenty (20) years of her life Mrs. Imogene faithfully served on various posts on the Choiseul Village Council. Of those years she served as Chairperson from 1997-2002. In 1998 a group of strong and intelligent women which of course included Mrs. Mitchel formed the Popular Theatre Group under the theme \u201cLa Vie La Terre.\u201d This was done in observance of International Women\u2019s Day. It involved the empowerment of women in the community. Mrs. Mitchel fondly remembers one of their presentations in Soufriere where the late and former Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, Sir John George Melvin Compton was thoroughly impressed. She has to this day continued to be an advocate for women\u2019s rights. Culminating all those adventurous years, Mrs. Mitchel is now a farmer and she is constantly seen on a Saturday morning at the Village Market selling her produce. Her humble nature is truly admirable after attaining all those accolades. Mrs. Mitchel left some advice to persons desirous of serving their community or working within the social sphere. She left the gathering with her five BE\u2019s which she says travelled with her throughout her life and still do. BE Honest, BE Transparent, BE Compassionate, BE Committed and BE Discreet.