Country: Saint Lucia
Louisy was born in the Laborie village of Saint Lucia and attended the Laborie Infant and Primary Schools. On the Javouhey Scholarship, she entered Saint Joseph’s Convent in 1960. She received a Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) scholarship to study English and French at the University of the West Indies at Cave Hill, Barbados, in 1966, a year after completing her secondary education.
She received a Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan to study Linguistics in the discipline of Didactics at Université Laval in Quebec City, Canada, in 1972. In 1991, she enrolled at the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom to pursue a Ph.D. in Education.
Louisy has made substantial contributions to the advancement of education in Saint Lucia, having spent most of her professional life as a teacher. She taught at St Joseph’s Convent from 1969 to 1972 and 1975 to 1976. She worked as a French tutor from 1976 to 1986 before becoming the Principal of the St. Lucia A-Level College. She was appointed as the Vice-Principal, and Principal of the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College after the A-Level College and Morne Technical School combined to form the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College.
She worked as a consultant for the Government of the British Virgin Islands and the European Economic Delegation in the Caribbean on the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College’s Strategic Plan. She has given lectures on a variety of themes, including education, jurisprudence, commerce, and language development, since her appointment as Governor-General.
She combines her lifelong passion for education with a passion for culture and the performing arts. She was a member of the Bel Canto Choral Group, the New Day Theatre Movement, and the Creative and Performing Arts Society. She is still a driving force behind studies into creole culture and language.
The International Biographical Centre was named Her Excellency International Woman of the Year in 1998. Her Majesty the Queen bestowed the title of Dame Grand Cross of the Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. George on her in 1999, and she received the title of Dame of Grace of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem in 2001.
Louisy received an honorary Doctor of Laws (LLD) degree from the University of Bristol in 1999. She was made Dame Grand Cross of the Order of St. Michael and St. George on July 16, 1999. She was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws (LLB) by the University of the West Indies in 2011.
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