Address to the Saint Lucian Diaspora

Address to the Saint Lucian Diaspora

By Honorable Phillip J. Pierre

It is with tremendous pride and gratitude that I address you, on the occasion of the 45th Anniversary  of our country’s Independence. This momentous occasion is not just a commemoration of our  nation’s journey to sovereignty, but also a reflection on the collective strength, unity, resilience, and creativity, that defines the uniqueness of our beloved nation.  

As we look back on the past four and a half decades, it is essential to acknowledge the invaluable  contributions of the Saint Lucian Diaspora. You, the sons and daughters of this island, scattered  across the globe, have played a vital role in shaping our nation’s narrative and advancing our shared  aspirations for progress and prosperity. 

The theme of this year’s celebration, “Douvan Ansanm; Building a Nation Through Unity,  Resilience and Creativity”, is a testament to the importance of ensuring that everyone is  meaningfully engaged in the business of our national development, which essentially requires us  to maintaining strong connections with all our people at home and abroad. The bonds that tie us  together, transcending geographical boundaries, have proven to be instrumental in our nation’s  development; whether in North America, Europe, the Caribbean, or beyond, the Saint Lucian spirit  remains unyielding, a beacon of hope and inspiration for generations to come. 

Our diaspora has been a continual source of inspiration and support, not just in financial terms but  also in the form of intellectual capital, skills, and cultural enrichment. Many of you have excelled  in your respective fields, becoming ambassadors for Saint Lucia on the global stage. Your  achievements in business, academia, arts, and sports continue to inspire us; bringing honor not  only to your families but by elevating the standing and character of our nation.

But importantly, let us not forget that with success comes a responsibility to give back. I urge the  diaspora to continue playing an active role in the development of Saint Lucia. Whether through  investments, mentorship programs, or collaborations with local initiatives; your involvement is  crucial in propelling our country toward sustainable growth. 

In these current times, the world is facing unprecedented challenges. The global pandemic, the  wars in Ukraine and Palestine, and escalating food prices are all testing the strength of nations and  communities alike. It is during such times that the true spirit of solidarity and resilience shines  through. I extend my deepest gratitude to you the Diaspora, for your unwavering support during  these trying times. Your contributions, both tangible and intangible, have been a lifeline for many  of our people facing hardships. 

As we celebrate our independence, let us also reflect on the principles and values that define us as  a nation. Our commitment to democracy, social justice, and the rule of law remains steadfast. The  road ahead may be filled with challenges, but together, as one Saint Lucian family, we can  overcome any obstacle that stands in our way. 

This government is dedicated to creating an environment conducive to growth and prosperity. We  are investing in infrastructure, education, and healthcare to ensure a better quality of life for all our  citizens. I call upon you in the Diaspora to actively engage in these initiatives and to contribute  your expertise and resources towards building a brighter future for Saint Lucia. 

Moreover, the preservation of our cultural heritage is paramount. Our customs, traditions, and the  unique Saint Lucian way of life are the threads that weave the fabric of our identity. The Diaspora,  with its rich diversity, plays a crucial role in keeping our cultural flame burning brightly overseas. 

I encourage you to actively participate in cultural exchange programs, support local artists, and  promote the rich tapestry of Saint Lucian heritage across the world. 

In closing, let me extend my heartfelt appreciation to each of you, for your love for our homeland,  your dedication to its well-being, and your relentless pursuit of excellence. You are indeed an  integral part of the Saint Lucian story. As we celebrate our 45th Year of Independence, let us  embrace the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead with a sense of unity, purpose, national  pride, and with renewed vigor and commitment.  

Happy Independence Day, to each and every one of you. May God bless you, and may God bless our beloved Saint Lucia!

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