Each day, starting Monday, June 17, 2013, St. Lucia News Online will publish a biography of a contestant in the Miss Gros Islet Carnival Queen Pageant, scheduled to take place on Sunday, July 21, 2013 at Gaiety, Rodney Bay, starting at 7:30 p.m.
Janel Pierre is employed at the Montessori Centre as an early childhood educator. She is the eldest of two sisters and one brother.
As a young child, Janel realized she had a passion for the performing arts. She attended the Castries Comprehensive School and prior to her fifth year, she participated in a play written and directed by Travis Weekes. Following that production, she was selected to perform at the Caribbean Drama Festival in Trinidad & Tobago; with her consistency and terrific performance, Janel received an award for “Outstanding Work in Acting”. This experience boosted her confidence and she opted to include theatre arts to her list of subjects for CXC.
Janel graduated with eight CXC Subjects – mathematics, French, English A, principles of business, building technology, geography, technical drawing and theatre arts, achieving the only grade one in theatre arts at her school.
In 2008, Janel travelled to Canada where she studied childhood education at the Toronto York Dale Adult Learning Centre and received a certificate in early childhood education. She interned at the Church of the Messiah Day Care Centre and returned to St. Lucia in 2012.
While studying in Canada, Janel used her free time to volunteer at the Youth Assisting Youth organization. This opportunity enabled her to mentor and work with children on a one on 0ne basis; this ability further enhanced her passion for dealing with children outside a classroom, particularly in cases with matters relating to bullying and social development.
Notwithstanding Janel’s passion for the performing arts and her aspirations to develop herself as a performer, her goal is to further her education in the field of social work. Janel hopes to work with underprivileged or at-risk youth, and children with special needs with the objective to someday manage an organization for students with learning disabilities. She also feels the need to develop an outreach programme to assist persons in abusive relationships or homes.
Janel’s desire is to educate everyone on the “importance of encouraging individuality” because everyone learns and develops at their own pace; people will not achieve the same goals at the same point in their lives.
Tomorrow we will feature Shirlian Phillip.