SLOA Strategic Plan

Pawòl Péyi

“…where so ever you may roam, Love, oh love your island home.”

Our anthem anticipates that the people of Saint Lucia would one day leave its shores and explore other lands.  The hope embodied within is that we would always love and stay closely connected to our native land and each other.

My early memories, following our move to Canada, are of growing up in the Glebe; every weekend friends and family would gather on Frank Street.  The camaraderie, support and sense of home that my mom, dad and the expats created were invaluable, and, in many ways, shaped all our lives.

“The future depends on what you do today” ― Ghandi

We are at a point where we have a tremendous opportunity to renew and rejuvenate our community to rekindle that old feeling on Frank St. and contribute to a better future for Saint Lucians here and at home.

September brings with it a sense of renewal and re-investment.  Whether you are heading back to school, preparing children for the coming year, or thinking ahead for change in the weather, September tends to be the month to invest, make a change or do something new.  I hope you will join the SLOA Executive in our efforts to re-invest in community, change our direction and renew our commitment to our members and the broader community.

In the last few weeks, I have been proud to embark on this venture with a hard-working team of passionate individuals.  I am happy to introduce your Executive Committee.

The Saint Lucia Ottawa Association (SLOA) Executives:

  • President:   Toni Francis
  • Vice President: Adriana Eanga
  • Treasurer:   Nathalie Peterkin-Campbell
  • Secretary:   Alana Aimable-Brathwaite
  • Floor Member:   Lebert Francis
  • Public Relations Officer:   Marshall Celestin
  • Assistant Public Relations Officer:   Joseph Scatliffe
  • Entertainment Committee:   Nathalie Peterkin-Campbell

Our commitment is “To promote, support and facilitate the attainment of goals and objectives of St. Lucians, their descendants and friends of St. Lucia in the National Capital Region.”

We will achieve this by leveraging our membership to improve our standing in the community, focus on nurturing our youth;  supporting our elderly and driving greater  opportunities for us to come together in collaboration with other Caribbean Associations.  

With this objective in mind, we identified our strategic plan and goals for the coming year:

  1. Building Engagement & Pride:
    • Participate/Volunteer in local community events (Run for Cure, Clean Parks, etc.)
    • Invest in St. Lucian youth to develop and provide opportunities to support academic excellence and success in Ottawa Community
    • Support our elderly , connect to community programs, support retirement planning, education and spend time with seniors
    • Increase SLOA membership
  2. Communication Excellence:
    • We will deliver programs with reliability and efficiency
    • We will operate with full transparency and ensure  timely involvement of our membership
    • Proactive and timely communication
    • Social Media presence (updated website, Facebook, etc)
    • Updated directory
  3. Collaborate with partner Caribbean Associations:
    • We will drive an integrated program plan representing activities across the diaspora
    • Planning  calendar to ensure optimum participation

Our success depends on you taking action today:

  • Become a member of SLOA
  • Tell us how to best communicate with you
  • Provide us with feedback , share your ideas
  • Keep in touch (website, email)
  • Attend SLOA events

"A person with ubuntu is open and available to others, affirming of others, does not feel threatened that others are able and good, for he or she has a proper self-assurance that comes from knowing that he or she belongs in a greater whole… " ― Desmond Tutu

Thank you for your support.

Toni Francis

President, SLOA