Dame Pearlette Louisy

Her Excellency Dame Pearlette Louisy was born in the southern village of Laborie and attended the Laborie Girls’ Primary and Mixed Infants School, from which she proceeded on a Javouhey Scholarship to St Joseph’s Convent in January 1960. On completion of her secondary education, she joined the staff of St Joseph’s Convent in September 1965.

Dame Pearlette Louisy St.Lucia
She began her university education in October 1966, having obtained a scholarship from the Canadian International Development Agency to read for a Bachelors’ Degree in English and French at the University of the West Indies at Cave Hill in Barbados. In 1972 she was awarded another scholarship under the Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan to read for a Masters Degree in Linguistics, in the field of Didactics at the University of Laval in Quebec City, Canada. In 1991, she took up studies at the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom where she read for a PhD in Education. Her doctoral studies focused on the management and provision of tertiary education in small nation states.

In 1999, she was awarded with the Honorary degree of Doctor of Laws ( LL.D) by the University of Bristol.

Dame Louisy‘s entire professional life has been spent in the field of education. She was first exposed to the classroom when she served as a pupil teacher at the Laborie Mixed Infants School while she waited for an opportunity to begin her secondary school education. She later served on the staff of St Joseph’s Convent during the years 1969 - 1972 and 1975 - 1976. From 1976 - 1986, she served first as a tutor of French, and then as Principal of the St. Lucia “A” Level College. When the “A” Level College was merged with sister institutions to form the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College, she served as Dean of the Division of Arts, Science and General Studies, later Vice Principal and then Principal, the position she held until her appointment as Governor General on September 18, 1997.

In 1999, Her Majesty the Queen conferred on her the title of Dame Grand Cross of the Order of St. Michael and St. George.

Dame Louisy complemented her abiding interest in education with a love for culture and the performing arts. She was an active member of the Creative and Performing Arts Society (Drama and Chorale), the New Day Theatre Movement, and more recently the Bel Canto Choral Group. In culture it was the Folk Research Centre and the Mouvman Kweyol Sent Lisi which spearheaded her work in the promotion of and research into creole culture and language, an interest she still actively pursues.