Castries, 13 January 2016: The Nobel Laureate Week Committee (NLWC) launched Nobel Laureate Week 2016 to the national media at Government House on 12 January 2016 introducing the theme: “Celebrating Excellence: Transforming Lives.” Chairperson of the Committee, Governor General, Her Excellency Dame Pearlette Louisy, explained that the theme was chosen in keeping with the United Nations Sustainable Development Agenda – ’17 Goals to Transform Our World’.
“These goals”, she said, “are designed to stimulate action in areas of critical importance for humanity and the planet, and the Committee is therefore inviting all Saint Lucians to commit to making the kind of positive change in our attitude, approach and disposition that would transform our lives at the economic, cultural and social levels, as we focus on the pursuit of excellence in all our endeavours”
For the fifth consecutive year, Mrs Carole Eleuthere-Jn Marie, Regional Manager of OECS, First Citizens Investment Services Limited, presented Her Excellency Dame Pearlette Louisy with a sponsorship cheque in support of the Walcott School Literary Festival.
The events this year range from the traditional lectures: The Derek Walcott lecture by Professor Rosanna Warren (26 January, National Cultural Centre, 7:30pm), The Sir Arthur Lewis Memorial Lecture by Dr Hyginus Gene Leon (28 January, National Cultural Centre 7:30pm) and The UWI Open Campus Patricia Ismond Literary Workshop (17 February, UWI Open Campus) to, a Dolor Factor and GIS Special hosted by Delia Dolor featuring a round table discussion led by Hon. Derek Walcott. (17 January 8:00pm NTN and CaribVision broadcasts)
Other events include activities by the Embassies of Brazil, Spain, Mexico, Cuba, and the Alliance Francaise de Sainte Lucie; “Paint the Village” where participants will work under the tutelage of well-known artist Jonathan Gladding an a project jointly hosted by Labowi Promotions and the Laborie Development Foundation; National Awards of Excellence hosted by the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development; Open Night with the Dennery Development Foundation; Opening of Saint Lucia Books Fair and Exhibition organized by Options Inc.; the Vieux Fort Nobel Laureate Literary Night; as well as others organised by the Saint Lucia National Archives Authority, St Mary’s College, Radio Saint Lucia (RSL97), and Rise St. Lucia.
The public is asked to note that the deadline for the Dokiman Kweyol Competition by Volunteer Saint Lucia has been extended to Friday 22 January. The competition offers an opportunity for Saint Lucia’s youth to go into their communities to document stories of the “good old days” as recounted by community elders. A call went out for support from Corporate Saint Lucia to provide prizes for the competition