Tourism Enhancement Fund Disburses First Ten Eileen Paul Scholarships

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The Saint Lucia Hospitality and Tourism Affiliation’s Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) disbursed the primary ten grants to recipients below the Eileen Paul Secondary College Scholarship Fund on Friday, Could 6,2022.

The Fund seeks to supply bursaries yearly to 10 secondary faculty college students whose
mother and father work within the hospitality trade.

This bursary will go in the direction of faculty provides, uniforms, books and transportation to attend faculty.

Recipients obtain a grant of EC$1,000.00 every to assist their tuition prices for the educational yr and are eligible for an annual grant of EC$2,000.00 initially of every
educational yr as soon as they maintain their grades up.

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In the course of the test handover ceremony held on the Finance Administrative Centre, Chairman
of the TEF, Winston Anderson, congratulated the recipients, and urged them to take a web page
from the late tourism icon’s life story.

“If you could emulate the passion, the love (and) the care for each other that Eileen lived,
and drive that through your everyday lives, then there is no doubt that not only will you be
successful, but you will be a fantastic human being and a true professional,” Anderson

Deputy Chairman of the TEF, Senator Noorani Azeez, additionally urged the scholars to try for
excellence, which was one of many qualities the scholarship’s namesake embodied throughout her
many years of service within the hospitality sector.

“The title of this scholarship holds you to a higher level of honour among your peers,”
Senator Azeez stated. “Your behaviour reflects on the patron and the scholarship. Your
academic records reflect on the scholarship. Your contributions in your communities and
how well you excel – not only as a student, but a human being – are all considered in the
award of this scholarship.”

Eileen Paul’s lengthy and various profession spanned over fifty years. She was a trainer employed in Commerce and the St. Lucia Civil Service.

She later certified as a Licensed Instructor of Speedwriting Shorthand, and, between 1984 and 1989, taught Secretarial Apply part-time on the Nationwide Secretarial Institute, which turned out a cadre of secretaries who’ve moved on to greater positions within the business and company sectors.

Paul has been fondly described on many events because the “heart and soul” of the Saint Lucia Hospitality and Tourism Affiliation (SLHTA). She joined the group in 1973 when it was known as the Resort Affiliation at a time when there have been solely six accommodations and 7 eating places as members.

She was instrumental in taking the then ‘Hotel Association’ to a very new degree after working tirelessly for years. She was a lone worker for 14 years.

In 1988, and with a rising membership, she oversaw the renaming of the group to
the St. Lucia Resort and Tourism Affiliation.

Her function was so various and never solely did she run the workplace, however she additionally attended numerous abroad promotions, coaching programmes and management conferences and helped to create occasions to foster engagement with the general public.

She was additionally a member of an unlimited array of committees — from the Motion Aqua Committee to the St Lucia Jazz Government Committee.

It is extremely simple to say that Eileen helped to craft the evolution of tourism in Saint Lucia by
elevating consciousness of the product and fostering acceptance by the general public of an trade that
is now the driving force of financial progress in St Lucia.

She was revered by all who knew her and in 2010 she was made an honorary lifetime member of the SLHTA.

After her passing, the Trustees of the Tourism Enhancement Fund determined to create an Eileen Paul Secondary College Scholarship Fund in her honour.

The SLHTA’s company boardroom can be named in her honour.

Hon. Shawn Edward, Minister for Schooling, Sustainable Improvement, Innovation, Science,
Expertise and Vocational Coaching, recommended the SLHTA for being an excellent company
citizen through the years, particularly in training. He inspired all companions to proceed
collaborating within the curiosity of offering high quality training for our youth.

Hon. Edward added: “And so at every opportunity, we encourage the private sector to get
involved, we try to forge partnerships with friendly governments and corporate Saint Lucia.
That is not because it’s a fashionable thing to do; it is the right thing to do. The government can never have enough resources to put our children in school to deliver the quality of education they need. And so, when entities or organizations like the SLHTA, which has over the years, continued to honour its corporate social responsibility, can come forward and make scholarships available to the children of this country, this is something that is commendable and something that we will fully endorse and encourage other entities to do.”

Supply: Saint Lucia Hospitality & Tourism Affiliation

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