FORMER Governor General of St. Lucia and Laborie native Dame Pearlette Louisy will deliver the 19th annual Stephen Wayne Louis Lecture in her home village of Laborie next month.
The announcement came at the launching of Youth Month, earlier this week.
Maureen Louis of the Stephen Wayne Louis Foundation said that the foundation was “honoured to have a native of Laborie – as Wayne was — in the person of Dame Pearlette, delivering the 19th annual lecture.”
Ms Louis said the former Governor General will deliver the lecture on Saturday April 14th 2018 at 7:00pm.
Providing a brief summary of the history of Wayne Louis and the foundation named in his honour, she said “Stephen Wayne Louis was President of the National Youth Council when he passed away 20 years ago and what the family has done is to establish a foundation in his honour, which is twenty years old.”
She said the foundation “has delivered an annual series comprising of 18 lectures to date, with a range of diverse topics and we have attracted intellectuals from the local, regional and international scene.”
She described the foundation’s namesake as “an advocate for youth development and sports” stating that members “are trying to promote his dream, his legacy, especially among our youth.”
Ms Louis said “The foundation is also keen on promoting gender equality [and] gender balance in its selection of the presenters we choose.”
She also went on to encourage young people “to come and support and listen” to the lecture because, as she said, it will be “very, very informative for everybody — and especially young people.”
She lamented the dearth of young people who have attended the memorial lecture over the years, stating that “It is a good thing that I am here and part of this panel [to promote the lecture] because every year we are not satisfied with the turnout of young people because this is the focus of the foundation”
She concluded by stating that the lecture is open to the public and that everyone is invited to attend.