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DEPARTMENT OF YOUTH DEVELOPMENT & SPORTS SAYS FAREWELL

Press Release- Staff at  the Department of Youth Development  and Sports remain in a somber mood as they  prepare to say farewell to a colleague whose body will be interred on Sunday August 26  2018 following the passing of Youth and Sports Officer Marcia Dolor – Lashley.

Mrs Lashley first joined  Youth and Sports in 1998 as a receptionist when the Department was attached  to the Ministry of Education, Human Resource Development, Youth and Sports. During that period she was heavily  involved in the planning and execution of schools sports and often expressed her desire to become a Youth and Sports Officer. When the  Department moved to the Ministry of Social Transformation, she remained  at the Ministry of Education. She served  as the Secretary at the Vieux Fort Technical School, renamed the Beanefield Secondary and also as Secretary at the District Six education office  in Vieux Fort Fort.

” While at the Ministry of Education, Marcia volunteered significantly with the Department specifically in mobilising faith based groups and generally youth in the south of the island to attend national and community events, ” Director of Youth Mary Wilfred remembered.

Her dream and desire to become a Youth and Sports officer was realised  in 2014 when she was appointed  Youth and Sports Officer for Vieux Fort South, Vieux Fort North and Desruisseaux.  Marcia Dolor Lashley was involved in many youth organisations in Saint Lucia and was a Master Trainer with the Beckwith International Leadership Programme (BILD). She has trained  hundreds of young people island wide and  also trained tutors for the programme. She became an  advanced trainer in 2016 when she became qualified  to be an  international trainer  with the Youth Sports Trust in the United Kingdom and their affiliate organisations.

” Marcia’s favourite event was Youth Month which she co-ordinated for many years. Her signature events were Youth Overhaul and Youth Awards. She was determined to see Youth Month celebrated in every community and that young   people received recognition  for their talent  and accomplishment in everything they do,” Miss Wilfred related.

The 42 year old managed the Windward Island School team in Dominica – 2015, Grenada  -2016 and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines  – 2017.

At the time of her passing she was on leave of absence to take on a stint with the United States Agency for International Development  (USAID)  Community  Family and Youth Resilience Programme. She will be sadly missed by all those whose lives she touched and the Department of Youth Development and Sports takes this opportunity to express its great loss at her passing and extends condolences to her entire family.

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