Monday 10 August, 2020

Twelve St Lucians named Goodwill Ambassadors

Twelve Saint Lucian artists have been selected to be cultural and goodwill ambassadors to Saint Lucia.

The Goodwill Ambassadors named include acclaimed Saint Lucian singer, musician, songwriter, producer - Ronald “Boo” Hinkson, Gordon “Commissioner” Williams - internationally renowned music producer, Taj Weekes - Reggae Music and philanthropy, English Pro Footballer -  Jermain Colin Defoe, Levern Donaline Spencer - Olympic High jumper, Daren Julius Garvey Sammy – International Cricketer, Leslie Ferdinand - Pro Football player, Jallim Eudovic - International Sculptor, Chef Nina Compton – Internationally renowned Chef, Joseph Marcell – Actor, Dr David Williams - Academia, Ken Chitolie – Philanthropy.

During his New Year’s Address on Sunday, January 12, 2020, Prime Minister Allen Chastanet spoke briefly about cultural ambassadors to Saint Lucia.

“The Cultural Ambassadors are expected to leverage their celebrity status in the interest of Saint Lucia,” Chastanet said.

“Last year the Cultural Development Foundation approached us as a government with respects to the creation of a Cultural Ambassadors Programme,” Cultural Minister Fortuna Belrose told reporters Monday.

“In reviewing the documentation and submission, the cabinet of ministers felt the government needed to look into a broader programme which will include Saint Lucians across all sectors of society,” she added.

This she says brought about the formation of the Goodwill Ambassadors Programme.

The Goodwill Ambassadors Programme is one, which caters to allowing citizens of Saint Lucia who have achieved international acclaim and who have been consistent in terms of their work internationally to be able to leverage what it is that they have, what they bring to the table for the country.

According to Senator Belrose, several persons have been identified and will now be entitled to the title “Your Excellency”. They also will be awarded the Saint Lucia Medal of Merit Gold and be issued with an official or diplomatic passport as awarded by Cabinet and a decorated red “laissez-passer” signed by the Governor-General.

“We have twelve Saint Lucians who, given their performance locally, regionally and internationally deserve to be in that elite group of persons who will be considered cultural or goodwill ambassadors for our country,” Belrose noted.

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