Maria Patricia Grech was born in Portsmouth, England in 1936 and migrated to Saint Lucia with her husband and son in the early sixties. Her involvement with the Saint Lucia National Trust dates back to the early eighties when she joined the Trust as a Life member. Subsequently, she was elected to Council, a position she retained until 1996 when she opted not to seek re-election. Upon retirement, she indicated her willingness to serve on Council appointed committees and gave herself freely to the following: Research and Publication Committee; Programme Committee and the Pigeon Island Committee. A prolific writer, with an eye for detail, Ms. Grech utilized her skills editing various Trust publications among those, The A – Z of Animals Found in Saint Lucia and The Management Plan for Pigeon Island.
In addition to serving on Council appointed committees, Ms. Grech represented the Trust on the Saint Lucia Tourist Board and the Biodiversity Committee of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. An avid writer she was best known for her series of articles “Bush Talk”, a wildlife and conservation newssheet published by the Forestry Department in 1981.
The Saint Lucia National Trust is saddened to learn of Maria’s passing. She will be sorely missed as she gave of her time selflessly to advance the goals of the organization. She regularly attended Trust meetings and activities and was always punctual. Her level of dedication was truly exhibited when she agreed to serve on the Research Committee despite her deteriorating health.
Members, Council and Staff of the Saint Lucia National Trust extend sincere condolences to her family, especially her son Nicholas. May her soul find eternal rest.