Thursday 20 September, 2018

Youth & Sports Officer Marcia Dolor Lashley has died

Many St Lucians are in mourning in reaction to the passing of Youth & Sports Officer Marcia Dolor Lashley.

Youth & Sports St Lucia posted on their Facebook page saying, “The Department of Youth Development and Sports extends sympathies to the family, friends and colleagues of our very own Youth & Sports Officer Mrs. Marcia Dolor Lashley. We are deeply saddened and are all trying to cope and come to terms with this reality. We are at a loss for words right now and ask you to please bear with us during this difficult time. May she rest in peace.”

Former Prime Minister Kenny Anthony posted a remembrance saying, “I am shocked to learn of the passing of my former Youth and Sports Officer, Mrs. Marcia Dolor-Lashley. I can only imagine the pain that is being felt across the country right now, for she served in many different capacities.

Marcia was bubbly, direct and passionate about everything she did. I remember her when she worked with the Youth Parliamentarians. When she invited me to witness Youth Parliament, she was convinced that it was necessary so that serving Parliamentarians can learn a thing or two from the youth about our conduct in Parliament.

Later, she would become the Youth and Sports Officer for Vieux-Fort South and manage two new facilities, the Philip Marcellin Grounds and the Vieux-Fort Court. She was very involved in the projects during construction, as she was just as eager as I was to ensure that they were done up to standard. Thereafter, she managed with an iron fist, insisting that rules be followed to ensure the facilities were protected for future use. Of course this led to some clashes that needed my intervention, but in our true community spirit, it never led to bad blood.

I have always admired Maria's work ethic. With no notice and one phone call she would be present. I was kept abreast at all times on all matters related to Youth Development and Sports in my constituency. She was always overflowing with ideas on how we can engage the Youth.

Today, I pay tribute to a young woman who touched and transformed many lives in Vieux Fort South and beyond. Again, I thank you for your service to Saint Lucia.”

Prime Minister Allen Chastanet posted, “My heartfelt condolences to the family, friends, colleagues and loved ones of Mrs. Marcia Dolor Lashley who served our country as a Youth & Sports Officer. We have lost a passionate and committed woman who dedicated her life to the development of Youth & Sports. May she rest in peace.”

UWI Open Campus posted, “The UWI Open Campus Saint Lucia and the UWI Alumni Association Saint Lucia Chapter are mourning the death of Mrs. Marcia Dolor Lashley, current student, former Saint Lucia Student Guild Chapter President and Vice President of the local Alumni Association Chapter. Marcia graduated from the UWI Open Campus with a BSc in Youth Development Work in 2015 and returned to begin an MSc in Public Sector Management in 2017.

Staff, students and alumni are finding it very difficult to reconcile the news of Marcia’s passing with the effervescent person we knew and loved. Marcia’s commitment to The UWI was unquestionable. She served in various positions on the Executive of the Student Guild Chapter throughout her years as a student and her vivacious spirit was a catalyst for many student activities. She served as Deputy Chair and Guild Chapter Chair in Saint Lucia from 2013 to 2016; and as Vice President with responsibilities for Administration of Sites and Services at the regional level from 2014 to 2016.

Having successfully contested local Alumni Association elections in 2017, Marcia immediately put her passion into working to stimulate and build alumni engagement with their alma mater. At the same time, she continued to serve as a mentor for each cohort of new students. She often quoted, as her personal philosophy, the words of William Arthur Ward, “If you can imagine it, you can achieve it, if you can dream it, you can become it.”

The entire UWI family extends heartfelt condolences to Marcia’s family and friends as we join you in celebrating her inspiring life while mourning her loss. Our collective prayers for fortitude and solace go out to all who knew her.”

Saint Lucia National Youth Council posted, "With heavy hearts we say goodbye to one of our most treasured individuals in youth development, thank you for your contribution and all the lives you've touched through your work.
Your love and light will always remain with us, condolences to friends and family."