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.