Former St. St. Lucian OECS Ambassador to the OECS June Soomer is one of Seven distinguished alumni of The University of the West Indies (The UWI) who was last week recognised for contributions to her community and areas of endeavor.
The accolade came at the UWI;s 70th anniversary “Pelican Awards”.
The special awards ceremony was part of Chancellor’s Week, a wider week-long celebration of the University’s anniversary, and was held at the Mona Visitors’ Lodge and Conference Centre, at the Mona Campus on, it took place on Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Awardees were presented with the prestigious Pelican Award, and also received a commemorative rum created by UWI Alumna and Honorary Graduate, Dr Joy Spence, Dr. Spence is considered the world’s first female Master Blender among other gifts.
The seven awardees—one for each decade of The UWI’s 70-year history—are all of Caribbean origin and selected by their peers in recognition of the impact they have made in their professional spheres within their particular communities, the Caribbean and the wider Caribbean Diaspora. Recipients of the Pelican Awards are nominated by Chapters of The UWI Alumni Association globally.
The 7 Awardees were
1948-1958: Dr Lloyd Stanford (Jamaican), retired senior public servant of the Province of Ontario, Canada,
1959-1968: Dr Karl Massiah (Barbadian), Orthopedic Surgeon,
1969-1978: Professor Merle Collins (Grenadian), internationally acclaimed poet, oral archivist, documentary film maker and educator.
1978-1988: The Hon Justice Irving Andre (Dominican), a distinguished jurist currently serving on the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario.
1989-1998: Dr June Soomer (St Lucian), the first female to graduate with a doctorate in history from the Cave Hill Campus of the UWI. A former Ambassador of St Lucia to the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States, she currently serves as Secretary-General of the Association of Caribbean States and as Chair of The UWI Open Campus Council.
1999-2008: Dr Andre Haughton (Jamaican), Lecturer in the Department of Economics, The UWI Mona, founded the Valley Foundation which mentors young people in the Rose Heights area of Montego Bay.
2009-2018: Dr Nicole Nation (Jamaican) has received several awards of excellence for her work in the medical field, particularly in autism and disabilities,
Chancellor’s Week came to a close on July -29th, 2018, is set to be a highlight in The UWI’s yearlong celebration of its legacy of “70 years of service, 70 years of leadership”. Proceeds from Chancellor’s Week will go to The UWI Regional Endowment Fund (UWIREF) to support undergraduate and graduate students, based on merit and financial need as well as to research and other developmental projects.
Officially launched in July 2008 as part of the University’s 60th anniversary celebrations, the programme has since awarded over 180 scholarships, worth over US$1.1M.