Saint lucians in new york denied use of the Saint Lucia Community Centre (Helenites)
IS THE NEW YORK BASED ST LUCIAN HOUSE THE NEW PAWN IN THE POLITICAL GAME OF
“Good Morning Dane,
This is to inform you that only Government Officials will be permitted to host Town Hall
Meetings at the Saint Lucia House”.
The above is the response I received from the so called “ Board” in charge of
management and affairs of the St Lucian House f/k/a the Helenites Center after having
gone through the protocol to request use of the House for St Lucian Town Hall meeting
with invited guest speakers.
A meeting which for all purposes and intents simply invites all St Lucians from across
the Diaspora to meet and parley with like minded St Lucians to find possible solutions
and share ideas on how we can contribute to growing and improving the increasingly
degrading social and economic situation in our island home.
I was even more disappointed and disillusioned when I was advised that the directive to
what I thought was an independent board was given by the St Lucian Consulate. Which
begs the question is there now a new mandate given to the handsomely tax payer paid,
political favor installed, often square peg in round holes, consul generals et al, to use the
resources of the PEOPLE as pawns in its efforts to play petty politics? I wonder because
in my mind the tax payers time would be probably be better spent acting to assist and
protect the citizens of St Lucia, and to facilitate trade and friendship between the people
of the country to whom they are accredited and the country of which they are
representative of..... Just a gentle reminder by the way…
I also find it ironic and even contradictory that our currently installed Consular General in
the face of the ill advised refusal ofTthe house, would go on record to state in a press
release the he looks "forward to our continued collaboration as a Saint Lucian people in
this adopted homeland, all in the pursuit of our individual development as well as the
advancement of our country Saint Lucia. Merci, Merci, Merci." How is that intended to
be facilitated in the wake of party politics rearing its very ugly head?
And yes I am a certainly a concerned St Lucian crying fowl. Saint Lucia's citizens abroad
are critically important to the development of our island nation, and our government
should not overlook them. I think it important to the remind our consular representatives
irrespective of political party, that the St Lucia House represents a foundation designed to
serve OUR COUNTRY AND ITS CITIZENS. Please change or get back to mandate to
act in the interest of all St Lucian citizens.