Clarion Call issued for Men to Play Their Roles

Press Release:(Soufriere, St. Lucia) – On Thursday, August 24, over 250 men of southwest St. Lucia were treated to the inspiring words of noted speakers, Pastor Dolston Morian, Hilary Charlemagne, Mathurine Emmanuel and Gregory St. Ange, at a much-anticipated men’s conference held on the beautiful grounds of the Morne Coubaril Estate in Soufriere.

The event held under the theme, “Changing the Misconception of Men”, sought to challenge men to take up their responsibility as leaders of both the home and society.  It was held against the backdrop of the escalation in crime and the negative impact of the absence of father figures in the lives of many of the perpetrators.  The event was the brainchild of organizer and sponsor, Trenton Emmanuel of Trent’s Construction, with corporate support from Cool Breeze Jeep and Car Rental, Soufriere Foundation, SMJ Beverages and New Venture Restaurant.

In the first ever public forum of its kind held in Soufriere, speaker after speaker reminded the men that their absence at home was a key contributor to the myriad of social problems which existed in the society.  According to Seventh Day Adventist Pastor, Dolston Morian, “The father is the lynchpin of the family, so a man’s presence is critical to the success and survival of the child.” Motivational Speaker, Gregory St. Ainge, told the audience that a fatherless child is a directionless child; however, if men played their parenting roles, our children would be far more likely to succeed. Speakers pointed out that to begin addressing some of society’s ills; men must introspect, set a course, take up the gauntlet and play their roles.

“No one is saying that the journey ahead will be easy. However, fatherhood comes with some non-transferable responsibilities.  So you must do your part!” reminded Sir Arthur Lewis Community College Lecturer, Hilary Charlemagne.  The sole female speaker, Filmmaker, Mathurine Emmanuel, informed men that women looked forward to the day when men would take their rightful place and women would follow.  “All we need is for our men to be confident, mentally strong, ambitious, honest and respectful,” she said.

The event which was expertly moderated by Radio Talk Show host, Russell Lake, was also used to recognize the long and dedicated work of three outstanding citizens of Soufriere:  former Permanent Secretary and philanthropist, Percival McDonald, for contribution to public and community life; former educator, Marius Felix, for contribution to education; and sportsman, administrator and coach, Francis “Ti Francis” George, for contribution to Sports and Youth Development.

Throughout the night, the audience was entertained with songs from Covenant, Mountain Movers and Harmony, while Soufriere Action Theatre (SAT) delivered a hilarious but compelling theatrical presentation on the event’s theme.

The appreciative audience called on the organizer to make the event an annual one.


  1. Dean Walton
    August 28, 2017 at 9:04 pm

    Perhaps these men should be addressing the Family Court and Human Services whom are clearly biased against men and see the only legitimate role of the father to be an ATM.

    1. Angry Dad
      August 28, 2017 at 10:06 pm

      And the laws of this country grant men no rights to their children and the women are using those laws as tools of their revenge. Maybe if the politicians rewrite the laws and give men equal rights and responsibility we would face a paradigm shift.

      1. Anonymous
        August 28, 2017 at 10:41 pm

        Agreed, agreed agreed,

        I am a woman and I will say this. When St.Lucia and the rest of the world take an active stance on the rights of men, the issues that face men, THEN we will see massive improvements.
        Men are constantly called upon to step up to the plate BUT do we see their issues being highlighted like that of women? Look at how breast cancer is celebrated. We are told that men are the head of the family, then shouldn’t we place equal focus on men health issues so that men are better able to care for their families.
        Murder, suicide , acts of domestic violence, school drops are mostly committed by boys and men BUT are the issues affecting them brought to the front burner. Yet we cry about escalating crime.
        The world has placed heavy focus on issues affecting women and has succeeded in alienating men. They push the independent woman song , push empowering women, tell women how to deal with acts of domestic violence, etc, BUT they are doing the very same women an injustice as they are not treating the “source of women problems”, that is the man.
        Why push women to be stronger only to release them to men whose issues are not being addressed.
        Why let our young women grow up thinking all men are dogs.

        It is high time the world put men issues on the front burner.
        It is high time that men’s successes are celebrated just as women.
        Then we will start seeing change.

        A woman

  2. Redeemed
    August 29, 2017 at 7:31 am

    Wow I really love this.

    As a daughter who was denied a father’s love because my father whom most see as a great man in society was too selfish to care it really warms my heart when I see men step up and be what they were created to be. Men Like my husband.

    GO Men!!!!

  3. joe wilson
    August 29, 2017 at 10:12 am

    I believe it is about time for the law to change and hold both men and woman accountable for their children. It should not be one sided. Their rights to the chilldren should be equal until violated.

    1. Anonymous
      August 29, 2017 at 11:26 am

      Amen joe