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(SNO) – Vice Consul Jeremiah Hyacinth announced in an email on Tuesday, July 3, that his tenure at the Consulate General of Saint Lucia in New York will come to an end on July 31, 2018.
St. Lucia News Online (SNO) understands that Hyacinth’s contract was not renewed by the government.
Despite the disappointment, Hyacinth says it has been a “privilege” to serve the Consulate over the past five years.
He adds that holding this post gave him the “wonderful opportunity” to work with and strengthen ties to colleagues in the tri-state area.
“I am delighted that working in this capacity, has permitted me to assist the Saint Lucian community to the very best of my abilities.
“We are all aware of the vital role the Consulate plays among Saint Lucian nationals, both at home and in the diaspora. I am proud to have been involved in so many of the Consulate’s extraordinary initiatives on behalf of the Saint Lucian people, and it is my intention to continue a positive relationship with the Consulate, and the Saint Lucian diaspora community,” Hyacinth says.
When asked what’s next, Hyacinth told SNO that he is “not sure yet” and he is still going on interviews.
The remainder of Hyacinth’s email message:
“I extend a heartfelt thank you to all of you with whom I have worked and collaborated on various projects and events. I deeply appreciate the exceptional support and kindness which you have extended to the Consulate during my time in office. Your assistance has been invaluable, and I am most grateful for it.
“I also extend gratitude to former United Nations Ambassador Menissa Rambally, former Consul General Julian Du Bois, current Ambassadors Cosmos Richardson and Anton Edmunds, my colleagues at the Embassy of Saint Lucia in Washington DC, the Permanent Mission of Saint Lucia to the UN and the Consulate General of Saint Lucia in New York. A very special thank you must be extended to our community leaders and members of those various Saint Lucian organizations with whom I have been associated, for their unwavering support and cooperation.
“This note would be incomplete without a heartfelt expression of thanks and appreciation to my mother, Magdalene Hyacinth. Her willingness to pitch in whenever necessary was a godsend, and I have no doubt that it was her unceasing love and devotion which molded me into the man of service and dedication that I am today.
“It is with a certain sadness that I am leaving this post which I love, and which has proven to be such a fulfilling experience for me. I will no doubt miss my associates and colleagues as well as the joy of working within the Consulate on behalf fellow Saint Lucians.
“Notwithstanding the disappointment of my departure, I do not consider this a final goodbye, as my dedication transcends any appointment to a remunerated position. You may rest assured that I will never abandon the Saint Lucian diaspora community which I remain part of and I will continue dedicating my efforts toward the betterment of our nation’s people.
With my very best regards,
Vice Consul Jeremiah Hyacinth