PRESS RELEASE – It is oft said that success breeds success. And in the case of the entertainment and food and beverage industry, that saying is proving true for Soufriere, as shown in the successes of some of its representatives in recent times.
To show appreciation, the Soufriere community with the support of the Soufriere Foundation, will at 5:00 pm on Sunday 07, September 2014 celebrate these successes and that of others by awarding this year’s star performers at a public awards ceremony under the name, “Soufriere Celebrates Excellence”. It is hoped that the successes of the awardees will serve as a positive influence for other young Soufrierians to challenge themselves to dream and aspire.
According to Soufriere Foundation’s Projects and Operations Manager, Dominic Alexander, “We are extremely proud of the accomplishments of our fellow Soufrierians and salute their achievements. We know that a lot of hard work was put in before they achieved success. Thus we want to join with the community to commend them for their desire, determination and drive and to celebrate their successes. We hope that theirs could be the motivation for the many Soufrierians who toil and quietly harbour dreams of enjoying their own success. Their performances are living examples that other Soufrierians too can achieve big things.”
The ceremony which will be held on the Soufriere Waterfront will celebrate the performances of five Soufrierians: Licia Jn. Paul, Arthur Allain, Naomi Grandison, Elijah Jules and Sherma Peter. Licia Jn. Paul is the island’s current Carnival Queen. She beat a competitive field of seven other candidates to win this prestigious award. Licia’s win takes place exactly two years after another Soufrierian, Jeanelle Desir, and ten years after Candy Nicholas, won the title.
Reigning Groovy Soca Monarch, Arthur Allain’s win will also be celebrated. Arthur’s sterling performance comes after placing second in last year’s competition and in the footsteps of another beloved Soufrierian, Mantius Cazaubon. Mantius won the OECS Soca Monarch competitions twice – 2003 and 2004; placed second, six times in Saint Lucia’s Soca Monarch and Carnival Road March competitions; a truly impressive performance.
This year, for the first time ever, a Soufrierian, Naiomi Grandison, won the Inter-Commercial House Calypso Competition. Should the “winner effect” grip her too, she will do very well next year. Ironically, while the community hopes to award her, Naomi is looking forward to using this opportunity to expose Soufrierians to some of her renditions.
Soufrierians will also get the opportunity to congratulate the National Culinary Champs, Elijah Jules and Sherma Peter. The two proudly represented the island in the 2014 Taste of the Caribbean Culinary Competition in Miami, Florida. Elijah, who was St. Lucia’s Team Leader, was able to beat out a strong field to be awarded Silver in the Chef of the Year competition and Bronze in the Beef category.
Elijah is no stranger to winning having been the 2012 Gold Medalist, Chef of the Year, in the same prestigious competition. Sherma too did Soufriere extremely proud having won the Best Pastry Chef in the national competition and going all the way to represent St. Lucia in Florida.
The ceremony will be addressed by the District Representative, Harold Dalson, and representatives of the Soufriere Foundation. Popular local band, Future Lights, will provide entertainment during the event and put on a live show after the event. The Soufriere public is encouraged to come out and celebrate with its stars.