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VI nationals Penn, Farara & Vanterpool recipients of UWI 2018 Pelican Awards

Pelican Awardees flanked by UWI’s Vice-Chancellor Sir Hilary Beckles. Photo: Provided
Mrs Dancia Penn, OBE, QC and Dr Hesketh Vanterpool are amongst two 2018 Pelican Award recipients from the VI. Photo: Provided
Mrs Dancia Penn, OBE, QC and Dr Hesketh Vanterpool are amongst two 2018 Pelican Award recipients from the VI. Photo: Provided
Prominent Attorney Gerard St C. Farara QC. Photo: VINO/File
Prominent Attorney Gerard St C. Farara QC. Photo: VINO/File
GROS ISLET, St Lucia: Three Virgin Islands (VI) nationals are among ten outstanding University of the West Indies (UWI) Alumni recently honoured at a special ceremony in St. Lucia.

Mrs R. Dancia Penn, OBE, QC, Dr Hesketh Vanterpool and Mr St. C Gerard Farara, QC of the VI each received awards at the University of the West Indies Alumni Association (UWIAA) Open Campus Pelican Awards for 2018. The awards were presented on Saturday, October 13, 2018, at the Royalton Resort and Spa, in Gros Islet, St. Lucia.

Other awardees include Dr R. Alford Walwyn, OBE and Dr Jillia Bird of Antigua, Dr Beverley Steele of Grenada, Her Excellency Dame Pearlette Louisy, Dr Veronica Simon and His Excellency Dr Didacus Jules of St. Lucia, and Ms Rene Baptiste, CMG of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

The highest honour of the UWIAA Chapter

The announcements were made by Chair of the Selection Committee and Manager for the UWI Open Campus British Overseas Territories, Dr Phyllis Fleming-Banks and the Awards were presented by Chancellor Robert Bermudez. 

The special Awards Ceremony was also attended by the Honorary Doctor of Laws Graduates, the Honourable Dame Janice Mesadis Pereira DBE of the BVI and Mr Larry Quinlan of St. Kitts and Nevis.

The Pelican Award is the highest honour that a UWIAA Chapter may bestow on a graduate of the University. It is conferred on Alumni who have excelled in their chosen fields and have had major positive national, regional or international impact. 

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