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Contact: Amanda Faye Clarke

Wednesday, November 18, 2009 – Saint Lucia's High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Mr. Eldridge Stephens, has called on the nation's youth to be more industrious and proactive. Mr Stephen, who received the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire award (OBE), earlier this week, is paying tribute to the many individuals, especially in the community of Vieux- Fort, who contributed to his achievements thus far.

“I didn't have a smooth passage in life and I want to say to young people, life is not easy, and of course, the world owes us nothing. We owe the world something, we owe the community from which we come something, we owe our parents, we owe the teachers and those in the community who assisted us to develop as individuals,” Stephens said.

Mr. Stephens has made sterling contributions to the air transport sector, and the growth of the Saint Lucia private sector, during his stint as president of the Saint Lucia Industrial and Small Business Association.

He also has a long history of vigorous engagement in politics, and community and social development, having served as district governor of Lions' International, and Chairman of the local Saint John's Council.

“What is extremely important is that we continue to be true to ourselves, respecting others, doing what we think is best for the advancement of not just ourselves. We need to do away with that selfish element that seem to be cropping up in society. I believe firmly that where there is selflessness, there is always going top be hope, where there is love, where there is charity, there is always going to be success.”

Mr. Stephen says acts of charity go a long way in developing character, and prepares one to become a leader in society.

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