Governor General turns 70

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Hon. Dame Pearlette Louisy

Hon. Dame Pearlette Louisy

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.

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16 comments

  1. RESPECT.

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  2. Happy Birthday my well respected role model. I feel honoured to have been a student when you were the Dean!!!

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  3. Happy birthday your Excellency: Enjoy your day and God Bless.

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  4. Happy Birthday my former Dean at SALCC. You were tough on us because you wanted us to do well. Time to retire and give way to a young person. You have done your part.

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  5. I wish you a happy birthday. All the best and your position will not be removed without a fight.

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  6. and still looking twenty...bless up madam

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  7. Best Governor General St.Lucia has ever had.

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  8. Happy birthday to you Dame Perlette Louisy. God's richest blessings. Enjoy.

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  9. Happy Birthday Ma'am, and thank you for keeping our young democracy in check. Wishing you an awesome year ahead!

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  10. Yeah. She needs to retire. But, i still don't understand the role nor the purpose of the Governor General.

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  11. Happy Birthday Dame Pearlette! You are a great role model for many

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  12. Happy birthday maam... wishing you God's continued blessings.
    I appreciate and admire the Hon. Dame Pearlette Louisy but I think that she needs to be replaced. She is 70 yrs old and will command a good retirement income. In Canada, the Governor General is replaced...well....voted in every 5 years. 17 years is a lonnnng time. She is passed her retirement age.

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    • It's amazing that how idle vessles make the most noise. You should be proud that this lady has made history and Is still willing to give to our nation. That's why foreigners have to come and make you'll bow to them cause you people don't appreciate what you have. Damn idiot

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    • Am sure Dame Louisy will hand in her notice if she felt she could do the job because of her age.

      By the way your presumptions are so ageist.

      Happy Birthday to Dame Pearlette Louisy.

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    • Totally agree with you here. That's why we will continue to have high levels of unemployment. They retire at 60 years, get their pension, however they are still brought back on contract, while the youth who have yet to start their life remains unemployed.

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  13. happy birthday miss pearlette louisy.

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