Reginald Dominic Cherebin
For outstanding and dedicated community service
Mr. Reginald Dominic Cherebin was born in Grenada, but took up residence in Saint Lucia in 1974 and subsequently became a citizen of his adopted homeland. At the age of 17, he joined the British Army and served in Trinidad and Tobago and in British Guiana (now Guyana).
In Saint Lucia he served as President of the Saint Lucia Branch of the Commonwealth Ex-Service League for thirty – six years, representing the League at many international conferences. . He was a dedicated member of the League and a tireless fighter for its cause. To this day, in spite of his age, he continues to visit especially the house-bound members of the League and their families.
He served for many years as a Sports Administrator: as a President of the Lawn Tennis Association, President of the Boxing Association, and an Executive Member of the Saint Lucia Athletic Association and the Cycling Association.
He also gave much of his time to his Church, serving on its Parish Council and in the Choir. He has made a significant contribution to the Salvation Army, serving for over twenty years as a member of its Advisory Board, five of these as Chairman. He currently serves as Vice Chairman.
Mr. Cherebin is a singer, sportsman, ex-soldier, and humanitarian committed to the sick, needy and vulnerable. He has indeed been an outstanding citizen.
Theophilus Ferguson John
For dedicated service to community and country
Mr. Theophilus Ferguson John is a former public servant, a community activist and a politician. Mr. John began his public service career as a teacher at the River Doree Anglican Combined School. After seven years in the service, he travelled to the United Kingdom where he read for an LL.B degree at Warwick University. He was called to the Bar at Middle Temple in 1987 and subsequently served the London Borough of Lambeth first as its Housing Lawyer and subsequently as its Principal Housing Lawyer until his return to Saint Lucia in 1996.
He entered elective politics in 1997 and was elected to serve as a Member of Parliament for the Constituency of Choiseul/Saltibus. He was reelected in 2004 and appointed Minister for Physical Development, Environment and Housing. He served until December 2006.
As a community activist he invested much of his time in developing youth clubs to harness the energies of the young people in his native community of Choiseul. He was an avid musician and he shared his skills and talents with the youth in the community. He served his community and his country with dedication, honour and commitment.
Eustace Carol Tertullien
For dedicated service to community and education
Mr. Eustace Carol Tertullien is a retired teacher and Principal who began his career at the age of 15. Most of his teaching career was spent at the Vieux Fort Junior Secondary School but in 1978 he became Principal of the Grace Combined School where he remained until his retirement in 2000.
He has served as Chairman of the Vestry of the Church of the Assumption in Vieux Fort, as Treasurer of the Southern Extravaganza Committee, Member of the Southern Committee for the Disabled, St John Association of Saint Lucia, Southern Arts Society, the Vieux Fort Disaster Committee, the Liquor Licence Board and as Southern Coordinator of the Adult Education Program.
For contribution to community and the art of Calypso
Mr. Cyril “Get Through” Felix left school at the age of 15 to take care of his grandmother. Over the years he tried his hand at many skills, as a labourer, a crane operator, a driver, a cook, a craft producer, but it is for his contribution to the art of Calypso that he is best known. He became known nationally when in 1982 he launched the Take Over Calypso Tent. It was in that same year that the sang his Road-March winning song “What the People Chanting”; a song was meant to bring pride and joy to the community and to let people know that Marchand has produced some of Saint Lucia’s most noble sons.
He has mentored many young people in the Marchand community and nurtured many aspiring calypsonians, encouraging them to love and to embrace the musical art form, not only as a display of talent, but more importantly as a tool for communication and discussion on national and social issues.
For long and dedicated service in the field of education and community life
Mr. Frederick Jongue is a retired teacher who has given forty-three years of service in the field of education at the Roseau Combined and Odsan Combined Schools. He is a former Chairman of the Bexon and Roseau Development Committees and the Castries South East Constituency Council. He has served with the 4-H Clubs, the Saint Lucia Red Cross and the National Emergency Management Organisation. He is a trained First Aid instructor, the Co-ordinator of the Ministry of Education’s HIV/AIDS Prevention Seminar, a Family Life Director, an Emergency Shelter Manager, and a Senior Elder of the L’Abbayee Seventh Day Adventist Church.