He is Dr. Kentry D. Jn Pierre who is currently Executive Director at the Folk Research Centre.
Dr. Jn Pierre has worked actively as an educator at all levels in the education system, from primary school to University. A former trade unionist, he served as General Secretary of both the St Lucia Teachers’ Union and the Caribbean Union of Teachers for several years. He is a cultural activist who has distinguished himself as a “Creolist”. He also worked for some time as a Behaviour Change Consultant with the National AIDS Programme Secretariat (NAPS).
Kentry holds Masters Degrees in Educational Studies and in Creole Language and Culture and a PhD degree from the University of Sheffield. He also holds a Diploma in Organization and Management of Savings and Credit Co-operatives by Trades Unions from the International Institute for Labour, Development and Co-operatives Studies in Israel.
He has published both literary and academic works locally and in international journals and has received awards, locally, for his literary work.
He is an avid calypso aficionado who was manager of the popular Take Over Tent for several years and an executive member of the St Lucia Calypsonians’ Association.
The appointment of Dr. Jn Pierre brings the number of SLP senators to six, as stipulated by the Constitution.