By Marius Modeste
THE Rotary club of St. Lucia over the weekend held its 50th handover ceremony to a new president.
The gala ceremony which was held at the Sandals La Toc saw the installation of Selma St. Prix, as the third female president of the Club, following in the footsteps of Carole Eleuthere Jn Marie and Dr. Azmina Long.
St Prix joined the Rotary Club in November 2011 and was a director of New Generations/Youth services for three consecutive years.
In his final speech outgoing president Timothy James paid tribute to the new president. “In her fourth year she served as secretary to the club and today in her fifth year we induct her as President of the Rotary Club of St Lucia on this our 50th anniversary of the club”, James said.
The 50 year old government worker, Selma St. Prix is the General Manager of the National Skills Development Centre (NSDC) and has served with the NSDC since its inception from the year 2000. She has worked in many different capacities at the NSDC, including Career Counsellor, Training Coordinator-Module Developer, Coordinator Project South, NSDC Centre Supervisor, HR Manager and Shop Steward. Most of these posts were held at the same time.
St Prix holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Sciences-Counselling from City University of New York (CUNY) with Honours and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the Australian Institute of Business (AIB).She is also certified as a Med Technician, has HR certification and is a Master Assessor Trainer.
In her acceptance speech St. Prix said: “Coming to Rotary I became very impressed with the structure and the way succession planning was executed. Long before one year is over the new board is planned and training takes place. There is continuity of programmes or growth building on what was already established. This is a model I believe governments of St. Lucia and other countries should take a page from.”