Dr. George Martin Christopher Didier
(For distinguished and outstanding service in the Health Sector)
Dr. Martin Didier has had a long career in the field of medicine in Saint Lucia, a career that has spanned thirty-four years, the first four of which was spent as a District Medical Officer based in Vieux Fort, and the last twenty-five as Consultant Physician and Head of Internal Medicine at Victoria Hospital. He has been in the vanguard of many of the developments that have taken place in the national health sector, providing leadership, guidance and advice at all levels of the system and on many Committees, Associations and Foundations. He is a founding member of the privately-owned Tapion Hospital, the St. Lucia Allergy and Asthma Foundation, the Saint Lucia Heart, Lung and Blood Foundation, and Victoria’s Friends, a non-governmental community group which supports the work of Victoria Hospital.
During the course of his distinguished career, he has served as President of the Medical and Dental Association; as Medical Advisor of the National Tuberculosis Programme; as Chairman of the Health Committee of the National Community Foundation; as Chairman of the National Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee; as Patron of the St. Lucia Diabetic and Hypertensive Association; as Medical Director of both the Victoria Hospital’s Renal Unit and the Tapion Hospital’s Island Dialysis Unit, and as Co-Chair of the National Commission on Chronic Non Communicable Diseases.
Dr. Didier’s contribution has not been confined to the national health system. He has played a pioneering role in the development of the regional health sector, as a founding member of the Caribbean Allergy and Respiratory Association and the Caribbean Society of Myology and Rare Diseases, among others. He has served as the President of the Caribbean Cardiac Society and as a Director of the Caribbean Heart Institute Foundation. Further afield, he has served as a Scientific Council member of the American Heart Association, as a member of the Association of Black Cardiologists of America, and as a Director of the Consortium for Southeastern Hypertension Control of the United States of America.
Dr. Didier graduated with a Doctorate in Internal Medicine from the University of the West Indies in 1990, and has since made this Specialisation his passion and his life. His achievements and his contribution to the field of medicine have been recognized by leading professional bodies world-wide. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and a Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology.
For his commitment and dedication to the development and advancement of Saint Lucia’s health care system, for the many years of voluntary service which he has given to improve and promote the quality of health care in his native country, and for his contribution to the field of medicine in the region and beyond, Dr. Didier has been awarded the Saint Lucia Cross.
Ladies and Gentlemen, the Honourable Dr. George Martin Christopher Didier.
Mr. Dunstan Emmanuel Stephen DuBoulay, MBE
Mr. Dunstan Emmanuel Stephen DuBoulay, MBE
(For outstanding contribution to the economic, social, educational and cultural development of Saint Lucia)
Mr. Dunstan DuBoulay is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of a family-owned business-DuBoulay’s Bottling Co Ltd; an enterprise which under his astute leadership has grown over the course of the past thirty-five years from a small company servicing the local Saint Lucia market to an export-oriented, state-of-the-art world-class operation. Despite his preoccupation with the operation and expansion of the business, he has remained firmly committed to the overall development of his country. This is manifested in the substantial financial resources which both he and the Company have injected into the sponsorship of many sporting, social and cultural development initiatives as well as in his numerous commitments on public and Statutory Boards and corporations since the late seventies. The two sponsorships which stand well above the rest are the Coca-Cola Junior International Tennis Tournament and National Cricket Championship which he has sustained for thirty unbroken years. These sponsorships he regards as an investment in the youth and consequently in the future of our country.
His record of public service is impressive. He has served as a Senator and Minister for Trade and Industry; as a Director and Deputy Chairman of the National Development Corporation; as a Director of St. Lucia Model Farms and the St. Lucia development Bank; as Chairman of the St. Lucia Fisheries Complex. But perhaps his most enduring service in the public sector has been his Chairmanship of the Water and Sewerage Authority for fourteen years from 1982 to 1996 when he developed and implemented the capital programme which brought pipe-borne potable water to every town and village on the island. This programme included the creation of the Rodney Bay Sewerage Treatment Facility at Beausejour, the expansion and upgrading of the Thomas R. Theobalds water treatment plant at Ciceron and the John Compton Dam at Roseau.
Mr. DuBoulay has been described as “a shining example of what a good corporate citizen should be.” His commitment to the development of his country is unwavering as he sets his sights on more business ventures aimed at further enhancing the economic, social and cultural landscape of Saint Lucia.
For his fine record of public service and his significant contribution to the economic, social, cultural and educational development of Saint Lucia, Mr. Dunstan Emmanuel Stephen DuBoulay has been awarded the Saint Lucia Medal of Honour, Gold.
Mr. Nick Peter Troubetzkoy
The Saint Lucia Medal of Honour (Gold)
Mr. Nick Troubetzkoy is the Chairman, Managing Director and owner of the two world-renowned and award-winning resorts – Anse Chastanet and Jade Mountain. Originally from Alberta, Canada, he came to Saint Lucia in 1970 to take up a position as an associate at a Saint Lucian architectural firm. What was meant to be a brief stint in a tropical paradise quickly turned into a long and abiding passion for the island and her people. Saint Lucia soon became his home; eventually he became a citizen of the country to which he had taken such a liking.
From these early days in the 1970’s, Anse Chastanet has grown from a small 12 room hotel to a 49 room world renowned Caribbean resort with an impressive and long list of awards to its name. In 2006, Jade Mountain with its 26 Sanctuaries was added, taking Saint Lucia’s tourism product and offerings to a whole new level. For more than 35 years, Anse Chastanet, Jade Mountain, Adventure St. Lucia, Kayak St. Lucia, Bike St. Lucia, Jungle Reef Adventures, Scuba St. Lucia and Kai Bèltè, Kai Mer and Kai en Ciel Spas have had an enormous impact on the community of Soufriere, providing long-term economic stability in an area that is still among the lesser developed areas of Saint Lucia.
Mr. Troubetzkoy fervently believes in creating linkages between tourism and other sectors in the economy, and therefore many local farmers, fisherfolk, craftsmen, artisans, labourers, tour guides, taxi drivers and vendors have benefited from the growth of Anse Chastanet, Jade Mountain and the other Tourism –related services that he offers.
Over the years that Mr. Troubetzkoy has lived and worked in Soufriere, he has touched many lives and in so doing, has helped to shape and nurture his community. He was a Founding Director and Chairman of the organization that has now evolved into the Soufriere Regional Development Foundation and the initiative that has now become the Soufriere Marine Management Area.
His efforts in the development of the tourism sector over a period of 40 years have helped to put Saint Lucia on the map as a tourist destination. With the creation of Jade Mountain he has given Saint Lucia a unique landmark, that to some is almost as memorable as the alluring Pitons themselves.
For his significant contribution to the tourism sector in Saint Lucia, Mr. Nick Troubetzkoy has been awarded the Saint Lucia Medal of Honour, Gold.
Mr. Carlton Mc Millan Ishmael
(For sterling contribution in the Performing Arts)
If ever there was a cultural nationalist, Carlton Ishmael fits the bill. He has been associated with the performing Arts all his life. As an accomplished Dancer and Drummer, his name is synonymous with groups such as the ‘Petit Sent Lisí’ dance group and the ‘Lapo Kabwit’ drummers.
Carlton Ishmael has taught dance his entire adult life, excelling in discovering new dancers and bringing out of them their most hidden steps. Similarly, he has delighted in introducing his fellow drummers to aspects of their craft that stretched beyond their normal imagination.
This extraordinary dancer and drummer also has a very humorous side, as can be seen each year at carnival. Carlton is an annual staple in the creative portrayal of ‘Ole Mas’, each and every year finding his best way of telling us what we all know, but in ways we would never have imagined.
Lest we be fooled into thinking that Carlton Ishmael is all play and no work, he is a trainer of Tourism Tour Guides and an inspector of local product and service quality standards, with over a quarter of a century of work in the business. He has also been a relentless advocate for the revival of local handicraft production, to qualitatively differentiate Saint Lucia’s souvenirs form the normal Caribbean fare. In fact, Carlton has spent most of his life nourishing the creative and essential link between Culture and Tourism. Ever innovative in his pursuit of communication with the real person inside every one of us, Carlton continues to perfect his own art of telling our story every weekend through his writing in the national newspapers.
The son of a stern ‘Bajan’ policeman and a proud Praslin fish vendor, Carlton Ishmael’s stature on the national stage of Performing Arts is unquestionable. These days he still performs on the cultural tourism stage, more quietly than he did before, but equally effectively, never missing a chance to join the precious few who still seek to tell our story to our visitors in song and dance, with words, beats and rhythms hitherto unheard, hitherto unknown.
For his sterling contribution in the Performing Arts, Mr. Carlton Mc Millan has been awarded the Saint Lucia Medal of Merit, Gold.
Miss Simone Cecilia Mondesir
(For long and meritorious service in the field of Volunteerism)
Ms Simone Cecilia Mondesir has consistently provided a remarkable service to her community of Soufriere. For several decades, she has been the most visible exemplar of volunteerism in her community through the leadership she has provided in the Soufriere chapter of national organisations like the National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO), the Saint Lucia National Trust, the Saint Lucia Red Cross, and the Girl Guide and Ranger Association. Indeed, she is credited as being the most ardent contributor to the existence and longevity of many of these community-based organisations.
Ms Mondesir is the Chairperson of the Soufriere Disaster Committee, and it is perhaps in this role that she has made the most enduring contribution. In the aftermath of Hurricane Tomas which devastated Saint Lucia and most notably the community of Soufriere in 2010, she co-ordinated the Volunteer Response Team in the management of emergency shelters in Fond St Jacques and the town of Soufriere, and in the cleaning of homes of the disaster victims. Together with other volunteers from the Good News Project for Soufriere and the Rotary Club of Gros Islet she helped identify those who needed homes, food and clothing. She continues to do so to this day as recovery has proven to be long and arduous. In the aftermath of the 2013 Christmas Eve Trough, Ms Mondesir was once again in the forefront assisting the people of the community who were affected by the flood waters or who needed medical care and attention.
Ms Mondesir has been described as an outstanding professional, mentor, teacher and counsellor in the various roles she has undertaken in her community of Soufriere. For her long and voluntary contribution in the service of her community, Ms Mondesir has been awarded the Saint Lucia Medal of Merit (Silver).
Miss Andrea Bourne
(For dedicated service to the Community in the field of Education)
Miss Andrea Bourne attended the Canon Laurie Anglican Primary School in Castries and began teaching there immediately after ending her primary education at the age of fourteen and remained there until her retirement in 2006. Throughout her career Miss Bourne was determined that the school maintained a strong level of discipline and academic accomplishment. She encouraged her teaching staff to attain professional qualifications and higher academic achievement for themselves and the students; and as a lover of the arts and culture, she inspired the teaching and study of drama, poetry and essay writing at the school.
Her dedication to the preservation of Saint Lucia’s cultural history led her to becoming a founding member of the Folk Research Centre (FRC) in 1973, and remains an active spokesperson for the organisation.
For dedicated service to the Community in the field of Education, Miss Andrea Bourne has been awarded the Saint Lucia Les Pitons Medal (Gold).
Mrs Peternise Stephens
(For long standing contribution to Education
and Community Development)
Mrs Peternise Stephens spent over forty years in the teaching profession as both a primary and secondary school teacher, serving along the way as Acting Principal and Principal. As Principal she successfully steered the schools at which she served through the transition from single sex Primary School to mixed sex Junior Primary School; and was instrumental in dealing with the challenges brought on as a result of the amalgamation of both the Vieux Fort Junior and Senior Primary Schools to form the Vieux Fort Primary School where she served for seven years as Principal before her retirement in 2000.
Mrs Stephens continues to contribute to her community through her membership of several cultural groups and service organisations such as the Catholic Youth Organisation (CYO), the Red Cross, and the Vieux Fort Lions Club where she undertook the administration of the Vieux Fort Lions’ Pre-School.
For long standing contribution to Education and Community Development, Mrs Peternise Stephens has been awarded the Saint Lucia Les Pitons Medal (Silver).
Mrs Marylene Margaret John-Marquis
(For long and dedicated service to
Education and Community Development)
Mrs Marylene Margaret John-Marquis gave thirty-eight years of dedicated service in the field of education before her retirement in 2008. Throughout her career, she displayed a strong sense of professionalism and commitment in her work and encouraged and demanded the best from both students and teachers under her supervision as Teacher, Principal and Curriculum Education Officer for District VII. As Curriculum Education Officer she organised professional development sessions for principals and teachers through District Conferences and individuals and teachers, past and present, were recognised for their work, efforts and successes during annual award ceremonies.
Mrs John-Marquis has and continues to assist her community through her participation as a local village and parish councillor, officer of several allied institutions and her active membership in various service and cultural groups.
For long and dedicated service to Education and Community Development, Mrs Marylene Margaret John-Marquis has been awarded the Saint Lucia Les Pitons Medal (Silver).
Mrs Marie Elizabeth Camilla Giraudy
(For long and meritorious service in Education)
Mrs Marie Elizabeth Camilla Giraudy started teaching in 1952 at the Soufriere Girls Primary School before becoming a specialist teacher in Home Economics at eleven primary and three Junior Secondary Schools from Anse La Raye to Vieux Fort. She taught at the Vieux Fort Comprehensive Secondary School for twenty years from 1972, acting as its Principal on two occasions, before her retirement in 1992 after forty years in the teaching service.
Mrs Giraudy, affectionately referred to as “Ma G”, also gave thirty-seven years of valuable community service as an active member of the Vieux Fort Lion’s Club. She undertook numerous projects among which were giving cooking classes and teaching respect and etiquette to the young people in the community through the CUBS (Children United for a Better Society) programme; the building of bus shelters and homes for the needy; scholarship and food hamper drives and assisting in the establishment and management of the Vieux Fort Lions Preschool which, after almost thirty-eight years, continues to operate.
For long and meritorious service in Education, Mrs Marie Elizabeth Camilla Giraudy, has been awarded the Saint Lucia Les Pitons Medal (Bronze).
Mr Mathiaus David Polius
Mr Mathiaus David Polius served for 24 years as Deputy Director of the Audit Department, acting as the Director of Audit whenever the situation required. He was transferred in 2004 to the Police Department as Administrative Officer where he helped to strengthen its administrative system before his retirement from the Government Service in 2007.
Mr Polius also assisted various other allied institutions serving, for example, at various levels of the Board of the St Lucia Civil Service Cooperative Credit Union; as Chairman of the Central Finance Facility of the St Lucia Cooperative Credit Union League, and serving as Vice President of the National Consumers Association of St Lucia, a position he has held since 2010.
In recognition of his twenty-seven years of Public Service, Mr Mathiaus David Polius has been awarded the Saint Lucia Public Service Long Service Medal.
Ms Claudia Elva
Ms. Claudia Elva commenced her career as an Accountant when she joined the Public Service on 12th November 1973 as a Temporary Clerk within the Accounts Section of the Ministry of Finance. Demonstrating a sense of purpose and character in the various positions and Ministries to which she was assigned, she excelled in her duties and moved up the ranks to the position of Accountant I, a position she held until her retirement in 2002.
During her tenure with the Public Service Ms. Elva also gave service to other allied institutions, such as the Civil Service Credit Union where she served as a member of the Board.
For twenty-nine years of Public Service, Ms. Claudia Elva has been awarded the Saint Lucia Public Service Long Service Medal.
Mrs Virginia Cherubin Charles
Mrs Virginia Charles has had a long association with the Education Sector as a teacher and as a member of the St Lucia Teachers’ Union within which she held several positions and was instrumental in organising and conducting workshops in all the branches of the union on women’s issues.
Mrs Charles entered the teaching service in 1971, and from 1981 was attached to the Roseau Combined School until her retirement as its Principal in February 2014. As an educator she was a respected figure in her community, and was able to establish strong relationships and links with her staff, parents, students and corporate and private citizens in the wider community to ensure that the school over which she was given charge, and the Jacmel Adult Enrichment and Learning Centre where she was the Coordinator, were well equipped to carry out their mandate.
For the forty-seven years of devoted service to the teaching profession Mrs Virginia Charles has been awarded the Saint Lucia Public Service Long Service Medal.
Ms Winifred Ross
Ms Winifred Ross joined the St Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority in February 1986 as a recruit and immediately began the Initial Police Training Course at the Police Training School at La Toc. As a member of the Ports Police she contributed to the development of the organisation as a founding member of the Port Police Welfare Association and continues to contribute by mentoring new and emerging constables of the Department.
For twenty-nine years of dedicated and committed service to the Ports Police and the St Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority, Ms Winifred Ross has been awarded the Saint Lucia Public Service Long Service Medal.
Station Officer Michael Charles
Station Officer Michael Charles joined the Fire Service on 16th April 1981. He was first assigned to the Vieux Fort Fire Station before his transfer to the Castries Fire Station, and rose through the ranks to the position of Station Officer.
Station Officer Charles has acted in the position of Assistant Divisional Officer on several occasions during his career in the Fire Service and had the honour of leading the Gros Islet Fire Station during its formative years. He currently holds the position of Station Officer in the Administrative Department at the St Lucia Fire Service Headquarters, where he continues to serve with distinction.
For thirty-three years of dedicated and committed service, Station Officer Michael Charles has been awarded the Saint Lucia Public Service Long Service Medal.
Station Officer Charles Jean
Station Officer Charles Jean enlisted in the Fire Service on 16th April 1981 and was first assigned to the St Lucia Fire Service Headquarters in Castries. Throughout his career he served in all divisions of the Fire Service, where he aptly demonstrated his skills and abilities to the tasks assigned. During his rise through the ranks he acted in the post of Assistant Divisional Officer on several occasions. He currently holds the portfolio of Officer-in-Charge of Training School alongside his position of Officer-in-Charge of the Crash Fire Hall at the George F L Charles Airport.
For thirty-three years of dedicated and committed service, Station Officer Charles Jean has been awarded the Saint Lucia Public Service Long Service Medal.
Mr Clinton Edward
Mr Clinton Edward joined the Saint Lucia Prison Service on 1st July 1989. He worked in all units of the Service, interacting well with both its staff and inmates. In 2001 he was voted President of the Prison Association and during the two year period of his presidency his concern for the well-being and rehabilitation of the inmates contributed towards the transformation of the institution from a prison to a correctional-based system.
For twenty-five years of dedicated service to the Department of Corrections, Mr Clinton Edward has been awarded the Saint Lucia Public Service Long Service Medal.