National Democratic Party (NDP) Chairman Myron Walwyn has described the late Gordon Junior Dennis Callender and Lucia Walters as stalwarts of local education who left a good legacy behind.
Walwyn, speaking via a government-issued statement, urged others to follow in their footsteps, as he joined with the rest of the territory to celebrate their lives.
He said they were both “instrumental in shaping the lives of many young persons in this territory and in also building of the education system.”
“Educators have a special place in my heart, both past and present. I consider all members of the education system to be one family – my family, and I have learnt to appreciate the efforts and sacrifices they often have to make while carrying out their duties,” he said.
Who was Gordon Callender?
Callender, according to the statement, started teaching in the British Virgin Islands since the 1980s. He worked at the Joyce Samuel Primary School as a teacher and at the Althea Scatliffe Primary School as both teacher and principal. He retired in 2010.
Walwyn said many of Callender’s past students remembered him as a ‘father figure, an outstanding teacher, a caring person, an inspiring and admirable human being’.
“His legacy will always remain alive in the memories of the people of the Virgin Islands,” Walwyn added.
Who was Lucia Walters?
Lucia Walters or Teacher Lu’s educational journey started in the 1940s. She held the roles of teacher, assistant teacher and head teacher at various schools including the East End Methodist Church School and Jost Van Dyke Primary.
She then moved on to become an Education Officer in the Department of Education and was tasked to implement the USAID Curriculum Project in Mathematics and English.
A sports house at the Willard Wheatley Primary School was named the ‘Walter’s House’ in her honour. She retired in 1986.
Walwyn who extended condolences to their families further said: “Let us remember these two stalwarts and emulate the good legacy they have left behind for generations to come.”
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