Instituted in 1951 by President Theodor Heuss, the President of the Federal Republic of Germany bestows the Order of Merit on people for achievements in the political, economic, social or intellectual realm, and for rendering outstanding services to the nation in the field of social, charitable or philanthropic work.
Reflecting on 2008 when she was appointed the Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany in St. Lucia, Troubetzkoy, who is Executive Director of the Anse Chastanet and Jade Mountain resorts, mused: “I feel it should be me thanking and bestowing recognition on Germany and the German President for opening my eyes to what was happening outside my personal comfort bubble … (which was) my life in Soufrière … (and) my work at our resorts.”
“It would have been very easy to just keep focused on family, on marketing and operating our resorts, and to continue bringing benefits to the surrounding community of Soufrière,” said Troubetzkoy. Instead, she opted to volunteer for wider reaching charitable, conservation and community benefit activities in addition to heading the Saint Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association (SLHTA), the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA), the CHTA Education Foundation, and setting up initiatives such as SLHTA’s Tourism Enhancement Fund.
Troubetzkoy, who serves as Envoy of the Caribbean Challenge Initiative, has also been promoting the strengthening of the Caribbean’s resilience to mitigate climate change and recover from natural disasters, while helping the region protect natural resources and commit to the principles of sustainable development.
In closing, Troubetzkoy thanked Ambassador Holger Michael and his wife for their support, presenting them with a farewell gift.