The month of August is the one month in which many of our teachers and other well known persons in our community celebrate birthdays and anniversaries. We take the opportunity to send anniversary greetings to Joseph Hayden Serieux and Marjorie Maxwell Serieux, Patrick Augustin and Catherine Augustin, Rosemarie Pierre, Elizabeth Mytle Charles, Armelle Mathturin, Cathelina Dolcy, Bernice Robinson and Angella Serieux.
Joseph and Marjorie Serieux continue their contribution to the field of education; Marjorie is the Pricipal of the Mon Repos Combined School, while Hayden in a specialist officer in Mathematics, with the Ministry of Education.
Teacher Boysie continues to give teaching lessons after many years in the teaching profession, while his wife is a community health aid. Teacher Myrtle is a retired teacher and active banana grower, who assisted a great deal in Mon Repos moving from 45th to 10th place in the Common Entrance results.
Armelle Mathurin is a retired pricipal and cultural activist. Cathelina Dolcy is a senior teacher at the Mon Repos Combined School. Between the teachers of Mon Repos there is a total of approximately 200 years service to education in the community.
We send birthday greeting to Rosemarie Pierre of Rosemardin’s Place in Patience, the proprietress of the hottest spot on a weekend, with souse, grilled meat, fish, refreshment and Karioke. Rosemarie continues to carve a niche as the most reliable catering service in the district.
Bernice Robinson insisted that we send birthday greetings to herself and aunt Angella Serieux, teacher of Patience Combined School. Bernice was 20 years OLD within the first week of August and she is still single. (Go there, Bernice).
BIRTHDAY GREETINGS TO ALL OF THE ABOVE (BELATED IN SOME CASES), ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO CONTINUE TO TOUCH AND SHAPE THE LIVES OF OUR FAMILY, AND CHILDREN IN PARTICULAR. NB: Games that are rescheduled will be played on a Saturday at 5:30p.m
LUAN PHILGENCE OF PRASLIN IS VOTED TOP NETBALLER IN TORONTO CANADA By Anthony Joseph A St Lucian woman has been named one of Canada’s best netball players of 2003.
Luann Philgence, formerly of Mon Repos, was recently named Most Valuable Player of 2003 by the Ontario Netball Association. The petite Philgence was surprised when she was given the prestigious honour at the ONA’s glittering awards ceremony in December.
A former netball player in her native St Lucia, Philgence played for Leon Hess Comprehensive School when she was in Form 3. She also played for the Creations Sports Club and the Mon Repos Community Team before moving to Toronto in 2000. “When I came to Canada, one of the things I missed the most was playing netball,” she told the St Lucia Star in an interview. “In the summer of 2001, I began looking through the daily newspapers, and the Caribbean weeklies, for any news on netball, hoping I could find a team to join. But there was none.”
So that summer, Philgence used the same perseverance she applies to her game to her search for a team: she placed an advertisement in the Caribbean Camera newspaper, one of Canada’s leading weeklies, looking for people interested in playing netball. “Not only did I get 75 responses, which was overwhelming, but I also got calls from the Ontario Netball Association and the Commonwealth Netball team, asking me to join. “So I decided to join the Commonwealths, and turned over the names of the 75 people who called me to the ONA, which was amazed that there were so many young women in Toronto wanting to play the sport.”
Philgence quickly became the goal attack player for Commonwealths, and her skill earned her the team’s prize as Most Valuable Player of 2002. That wasn’t just an award, as Commonwealths, because of the overwhelming number of good players, fielded two teams in the 2003 season. Philgence found herself not just playing wing attack for Team 2, but being held as a “special reserve” for Team One.
Her outstanding performance for both teams is what earned her the nod as Ontario’s MVP for 2003, and now puts her in a position where she now has a shot for playing for the provincial team as well as the Canadian Netball team.
At 5′ 3″, Philgence is the shortest player in the league, but has proven that where she lacks in height, she makes up in spirit. As for 2004? “I want to take my team to the league championships and go for gold,” she says. “I’d also love to see us play against a St Lucian team in the near future.”
The Mon Repos Youth and Sports Council is a not-for-profit voluntary organization that seeks to represent and promote the interests of the young and not so young persons from the communities of Malgretoute to Praslin through sporting, cultural and educational activities.
To provide avenues and create opportunities for young persons in order to cultivate a healthy and productive lifestyle through personal development and sporting talent