(GIS) – The Saint Lucia Association of Retired Persons (SLARP) is being challenged to change the current perception of retirees and aging.
The challenge came from the Permanent Secretary in the Department of Equity, Social Justice, Empowerment, and Local Government, during a two-day exhibition organized by SLARP, at the Castries City Hall on March 27-28.
Permanent Secretary Donavan Williams, in addition to recognizing the hard work and longevity of SLARP, said that while retirees have made their contributions, they are still significant contributors to society.
This year SLARP celebrates its 33rd anniversary under the theme “Moving Up and Moving On.” President of the Association, Remise Anthony, said the time has come for members to raise the bar in order the function in the present society and enhance the quality of living.
“This exhibition is one of the activities we have planned to mark this milestone,” she said. “As you look around what you see is pure evidence of the talent, tenacity, and creativity that we still possess. I salute you today. We have every reason to celebrate.
“There is a myth that once you have retired, it’s the end. But no, we are showing how resourceful we are.”
Mayor of Castries, His Worship Hon. Peterson Francis also addressed the attendees, and echoed the importance of retirees to society, especially in mentoring the young work force and students on matters of work ethic, discipline and integrity.
The Saint Lucia Association of Retired Persons, formerly the Pensioners Association of Saint Lucia, was established in 1985 and comprises a 12-member executive board.
SLARP facilitates the promotion and wellbeing of its membership by negotiating the rates of pension and allowances, reviewing and making recommendations on legislations that directly affect retirees, and organizing recreational and educational activities, among others.