Director of Development Planning and Policy in the Office of the Premier, Angela Estwick has been announced as the keynote speaker at the 2017 St. Patrick’s Lecture.
This year’s event takes place at the Montserrat Cultural Centre in Little Bay on March 14 at 6 pm.
“St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations in Montserrat: Cultural Development or Cultural Irresponsibility” is her topic and should be a thought-provoking lecture, says Gracelyn Cassell of the UWI Open Campus, which organises the event.
“Miss Estwick has observed the increasing hype surrounding our national heritage celebration. This extends to heavy investments of time, effort and money – resources that constitute key inputs for achieving development goals. But, from a development perspective, and noting the interrelationship between culture and development, she explores whether or not these scarce resources are being appropriately channeled. Is the true role of culture in Montserrat’s development objectives being borne out in the way we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? Is the meaning of this celebration truly understood?” shared Cassell.
Angela Estwick is a Chevening scholar and a graduate of the University of the West Indies (Cave Hill), City University and the University of Nottingham in the UK. Her academic focus encompassed the disciplines of Economics, Social Research and Statistics and culminated in a distinction in Information Technology. She has professional training in Strategic Policy Planning, Migration Management, Demography and Economic Development. She has served as Teacher, Statistician, Economist, Cabinet Secretary (Ag) and Permanent Secretary (Ag) Office of the Premier, in her professional career. She has also served as local course tutor for Economics and Marketing in the University of the West Indies’ Distance Education Programme.