Pearlette Louisy

Dame Calliopa Pearlette Louisy GCSL, GCMG (born 8 June 1946) is a former Governor-General of Saint Lucia. She was the first woman to hold this office, into which she was sworn on 19 September 1997,[1] and resigned from on 31 December 2017.

Dame Pearlette Louisy

Dame Pearlette Louisy at her desk at Government House in Castries, St. Lucia.jpg
Governor-General of Saint Lucia
In office
19 September 1997 – 31 December 2017
MonarchElizabeth II
Prime MinisterKenny Anthony
John Compton
Stephenson King
Allen Chastanet
Preceded byGeorge Mallet
Succeeded byNeville Cenac
Personal details
Calliopa Pearlette Louisy

(1946-06-08) 8 June 1946 (age 75)
Laborie, British Windward Islands
Alma materUniversity of the West Indies
Laval University
University of Bristol


Born in the village of Laborie, Saint Lucia,[2] Louisy attended the Laborie Infant School and Primary Schools. In 1960 she proceeded to the Saint Joseph's Convent on the Javouhey Scholarship. In 1966, a year after the completion of her secondary education she was awarded the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) scholarship to pursue a Bachelor's Degree in English and French at the University of the West Indies at Cave Hill, Barbados.[1]

In 1972, she was awarded the Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan to pursue a M.A. degree in Linguistics, in the field of Didactics at Université Laval in Quebec City, Canada. In 1991, she proceeded to the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom, where she read for a Ph.D. degree in Education.[citation needed]

Louisy has contributed significantly to the development of Education in Saint Lucia, having spent most of her professional life in the teaching profession. During the periods 1969–72 and 1975–76, she taught at the St Joseph's Convent. From 1976 to 1986, she served as a tutor of French, and was subsequently appointed as Principal of the St. Lucia A Level College. When the A Level College and Morne Technical School merged into the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College, she first served as Dean, and was subsequently appointed as the Vice Principal and Principal of the College.[citation needed]

In 1999, Louisy was awarded the Honorary degree of Doctor of Laws (LL.D.) by the University of Bristol.[1] On 16 July 1999, she was appointed Dame Grand Cross of the Order of St. Michael and St. George.[3] In 2011, she received an Honorary Doctor of Laws (LLB) from the University of West Indies.[1]


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  1. ^ a b c d "Dame Pearlette Louisy, Alwin Bully to Receive UWI Open Campus Honorary Doctorates". Kingston Gleaner. 6 December 2011. Retrieved 3 February 2016 – via Newspaper Archive.
  2. ^ "Pearlette Louisy – The Dame on the Hill". Kreol. 1 November 2014. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
  3. ^ "No. 55561". The London Gazette. 23 July 1999. p. 7973.
  4. ^ "No. 56198". The London Gazette. 9 May 2001. p. 5531.
  5. ^ "HER EXCELLENCY Dame Calliopa Pearlette LOUISY, GCMG, GCSL, D.St.J., Ph.D, LL.D (Hon.), FRSA. Governor General of St. Lucia". Government House of Antigua and Barbuda. Archived from the original on 30 July 2017. Retrieved 7 February 2017.

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Government offices
Preceded by
George Mallet
Governor-General of Saint Lucia
Succeeded by
Neville Cenac