‘Celebrating Women International’ Honours Dame Pearlette Louisy

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Governor General of Saint Lucia - Dame Calliopa Pearlette Louisy GCSL, GCMG, D.St.J., Ph.D, LL.D (Hon.), FRSA

Saint Lucia’s Governor General, Dame Pearlette Louisy, was among three Caribbean women honoured by Celebrating Women International on Tuesday night, March 7, 2017 at Government House in the Bahamas.

Dame Cecile la Grenade, Governor General of Grenada, Dame Calliopa Pearlette Louisy, Governor General of Saint Lucia, and Portia Simpson-Miller, former Prime Minister of Jamaica, received their 2016 “Women of Distinction” Global Leadership Awards in Politics from CWI. The ceremony had been delayed as the three honourees were unable to visit The Bahamas as scheduled due to hurricane Matthew which affected the region last year.

(L-R) Portia Simpson-Miller, former Prime Minister of Jamaica; Dame Calliopa Pearlette Louisy, Governor General of Saint Lucia; Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor General of The Bahamas; and Dame Cecile la Grenade, Governor General of of Grenada

Dame Calliopa Pearlette Louisy was appointed Governor General of Saint Lucia in 1997 and has had a long and distinguished career in education. She continues her research in education and small state issues and her work has been published in international journals. She is also a patron of culture and the performing arts, and promotes Creole language and culture.

Mrs. Simpson-Miller was the first female prime minister of Jamaica, serving from March 2006 to September 2007, and from January 2012 to March 2016. First elected in 1976, she has held a number of cabinet positions and is a champion of equal rights. She is presently the leader of the opposition People’s National Party and Time magazine ranked her among the top 100 most influential people in the world in 2012.

Dame Cecile La Grenade was sworn in as the first female to hold the office of Governor General of Grenada in 2013. She chaired the country’s Public Services Commission for three years and was voted Grenada’s businesswoman of the year in 2010 by the Chamber of Industry and Commerce.

Founded in 2013, Celebrating Women International’s goals are to unite, connect, engage and inspire women to honour and celebrate themselves and other women worldwide, and to expand women’s global business and leadership opportunities. Since 2014, the organisation has recognised and honoured nearly 500 women.

Dame Calliopa Pearlette Louisy, GCSL, GCMG, D.St.J., Ph.D, LL.D (Hon.), FRSA

Her Excellency Dame Calliopa Pearlette Louisy, born on 8th June 1946, was appointed Governor General of Saint Lucia in 1997. She received her early education at the Laborie Girls’ Primary School and the St. Joseph’s Convent in Saint Lucia, and later pursued an undergraduate degree in English and French at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus; a Masters Degree in Linguistics at Université Laval in Quebec, Canada and a Ph.D. in Higher Education at the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom. She has also been awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws (LL.D) by the University of Bristol (1999), the University of Sheffield (2003) and the University of the West Indies (2011).
Her Excellency has had a long and distinguished career in education starting in 1969 as a Graduate Teacher at St. Joseph’s Convent. She served as Tutor of French and Principal of the Saint Lucia ‘A’ Level College and subsequently as Dean and Vice Principal of the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College. Prior to her appointment as Governor General, Her Excellency served as Principal of the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College. She continues her research in education and small state issues and her articles and work have been published in international journals and publications. She complements her interest in education with a love for culture and the performing arts and continues to spearhead the promotion of and research into the creole language and culture.

Her Excellency is the recipient of several honours and awards. These include:

• Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship Award, 1972
• Grand Cross of the Order of Saint Lucia, 1997
• International Woman of the Year, 1998, 2001
• Dame Grand Cross of the Most Distinguished Order of
St. Michael and St. George, 1999
• Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws, University
of Bristol, 1999 ; University of Sheffield, 2003 ;
University of the West Indies, 2011
• Dame of Grace of the Most Venerable Order of St. John, 2001
• Dame of the Equestrian Order of St. Gregory the Great, 2002
• Doctorate in Arts and Culture – World University Roundtable, 2002
• Woman of Great Esteem , Qkingdom Ministries, 2003
• Honorary Distinguished Fellow, University of the West Indies, 2003
• Caribbean Luminary Award – American Foundation of the University of the West Indies, 2007

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