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.
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.
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