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“We in the Caribbean must exploit our rich heritage for our souls, our children’s sake, for the world and for the huge economic potential they have”, so said Senator Henry Fraser, the key note speaker at the Saint Lucia National Trust’s (SLNT) inaugural Trust Pioneers Lecture series.

The event was staged as part of the Trust’s activities to mark International Day for Monuments and Sites or World Heritage Day under the distinguished auspices of the Governor General of Saint Lucia and Patron of the Trust, Her Excellency Dame Pearlette Louisy.

Additionally, the first lecture was a tribute to Historian and Conservationist, the late Robert Devaux, one of the founding fathers of the Trust and its first Director, who passed away on April 16, 2013, two days prior to World Heritage Day.
 
On April 17th close to eighty (80) people of varied backgrounds gathered to be a part of this momentous event; from the Governor General to various ambassadors; from SLNT Councillors, members and staff to representatives of various organizations and students. After a five minute video presentation on the life of Mr. Devaux, the Trust's Chairperson, Dr. Vasantha Chase gave participants an update on some of the major conservation projects being undertaken such as the Walcott Place project; Islands without Aliens project; and the Pigeon Island National Landmark Redevelopment among others.
 
The theme for the international observance was “The Heritage of Commemoration”
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