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Minister of health in Saint Lucia Keith Mondesir

  • NAME: Keith Raymond Rufus Mondesir
  • DATE OF BIRTH: 23 January 1948
  • GENDER: Male
  • PLACE OF BIRTH: Castries , St. Lucia
  • ADDRESS Rodney Bay , Gros-Islet
  • NATIONALITY: Saint Lucian
  • MARITAL STATUS: Separated

EDUCATION/QUALIFICATIONS:

  • RC Boys Infant School , St. Lucia
  • Methodist Primary School , St. Lucia
  • St. Mary's College , St. Lucia
  • George Brown Collegiate, Canada
  • University of Waterloo , Canada – BSc.
  • University of Aston , Birmingham , UK – BSc. in Optometry
  • University of Houston , TX – Doctor of Optometry (Research on the Optic Nerve Head)

JOB EXPERIENCES

  • Malacologist - Belhazia Research (co-sponsored by the St Lucia Government and Rockefeller Foundation, USA .
  • Ink Chemist (Research and Development) - Inmount of Canada .
  • Paint Chemist (Research and Development) - Pitsburg Paints, Canada .
  • Private Practice for over twenty-five years and have continued Research on Contact Lens Solutions and Contact Lens.

Practice:

Practiced Optometry in the Caribbean – St. Lucia and St. Kitts/Nevis.

AWARD

Caribbean Optometrist of the Year 2008

PRESENT CAREER

I have been running optometry operations in both Canada and the Caribbean . In St Lucia I operate a clinic where everything in terms of eye care is under one roof that is surgical, ophthalmological, optometric and manufacturing of spectacles. I also practiced as an Optometrist for 26 years in Winnipeg Manitoba , Canada . In Nevis, I aided in developing eye care on this island by associating and making it possible to perform eye surgery at the Alexandria Hospital and also in providing after care.

POLITICAL CAREER

I entered politics in 2001 and fought for the constituency of Anse-la-raye/Canaries under a third political party called The Alliance under the leadership of deceased George Odlum and did extremely well with a three week span to fight an election.

On returning to Canada where I lived at the time, and practiced Optometry I decided to return home at the invitation of running for leadership for the opposition at that time the United Workers Party (UWP). I fought for the leadership of the UWP against Dr Vaughn Lewis and Dr Morella Joseph. I remained in opposition with the UWP as the Deputy Leader of the party and I am still Deputy Leader and won my seat with UWP on December 11, 2006. This party presently forms the Government of St Lucia.

Since being in government I have held the position as Minister for Home Affairs National Security and National Mobilization. During that time St Lucia was faced with a serious crime problem. Certain initiatives which were undertaken by me which resulted in a reduction in crime.

I have also held the post of Minister for Physical Planning and National Mobilization and presently I am the Minister for Health, Wellness, Family Affairs, National Mobilization, Human Services and Gender Relations.

HOBBIES/INTERESTS:

  • Tennis
  • Racquetball
  • Squash
  • Farming
  • Reading
  • Business
  • Voluntary Community Work
Keith Mondesir minister of health in Saint Lucia

 

Saint Lucia district map

Saint Lucia is divided into 11 quarters, or sections of the island, which were sometimes called "districts" under the British colonial government:

1. Anse la Raye Quarter
2. Castries Quarter
3. Choiseul Quarter
4. Dauphin Quarter
5. Dennery Quarter
6. Gros Islet Quarter
7. Laborie Quarter
8. Micoud Quarter
9. Praslin Quarter
10. Soufriere Quarter
11. Vieux Fort Quarter

Last updated: 31 July 2010
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