Minister for Education, Innovation, Gender Relations and Sustainable Development, Doctor Gale Rigobert, has praised former Governor General, Dame Pearlette Louisy, who demitted office on December 31, 2017 after twenty years in the position.
In wishing the outgoing Governor General well, Rigobert said Saint Lucia owes Dame Pearlette Louisy a special debt of gratitude.
‘Dame Pearlette Louisy has served Saint Lucia with distinction. Her poise, intellectual aptitude, wisdom, compassion and sense of humour defined her tenure,’ the minister observed.
Rigobert recalled that while she served as Leader of the Opposition, she relied on Dame Pearlette Louisy’s good counsel and guidance.
‘I am eternally indebted to her,’ she stated.
Dr. Rigobert also recalled having the her ‘best laughs’ with Dame Pearlette Louisy.
‘She has quite a sense of humour which when laced with Creole, a language Dame has mastered, can make for a very pleasant encounter. I will miss having her on the Hill,’ she observed.
Rigobert wished Dame Pearlette Louisy well and expressed the hope that ‘we can continue to benefit from her vast experience as an educator of extraordinary distinction and equally from her 20 years as Head of State.’
‘Dame Pearlette Louisy has inscribed her legacy as our first female and longest serving head of state. Her sterling service and unique style are now part of our rich historical tradition,’she asserted.
Rigobert said she is confident that Dame Pearlette Louisy’s successor will be well equipped to build on her rich legacy.