Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has congratulated recipients of this year’s Queen’s birthday honours, asserting that it was an honour to be part of the investiture ceremony held at Government House.
“There is nothing as rewarding as service to humanity and service to country and this is what these awards are designed to honour; to give back in some measure to those who have served and distinguished themselves through such service,” Chastanet wrote on his official Facebook page Friday.
He noted that over the years, Saint Lucia has been blessed to have produced large numbers of men and women who took on the mantle of serving and providing service in every single field of endeavor, in both the public and private sectors.
Chastanet asserted that it is mainly on the shoulders of these people that the development and progress of Saint Lucia has always and continues to depend today.
“As a country we must not allow our heroes to go unrecognized. We must continually thank them for their services and in some cases their sacrifices. In their pursuit of noble professions or in service to the community they have given us a piece of themselves,” he stated.
“I cannot help but make the point that each of the eight persons honoured by the Queen this year have been stalwarts in their respective fields, persons who have achieved and then used their achievements in the cause of helping others in such diverse fields as sports, entertainment, community development and social services, education, the media, business and the public service,” the PM observed.
He declared that Saint Lucia owes a debt of gratitude to those awarded today and even more Saint Lucians who are committed to their profession and country.
“Thank you all for your dedication,” the PM stated.
“It is my sincere hope that the example set by these honorees will motivate and inspire others to step up and serve their communities and country as well. I salute you all,” Chastanet wrote.
He said that on behalf of the Government and People of Saint Lucia he congratulates:
C.B.E.: Commander of the British Empire –
• Rick WAYNE For services to entertainment, professional bodybuilding, advocacy and journalism
M.B.E. To be Ordinary Members of the Civil Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire –
• Margaret ROBERTS-STEELE For services to broadcasting
B.E.M. British Empire Medal (Civil Division) –
• Gaspard Peter David CHARLEMAGNE For services to education
• Mary PIERRE- For services to the community
• Pamela Mary DEVAUX- For services to charity
• Joseph Reilly DOLCY- For services to the St. Lucia Fire Service
• Mary Joan SMITH – For services to entrepreneurship and business
• Vincent McDOOM – For services to entertainment.