Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, Political Leader of the Dominica Labour Party

Roseau, Dominica, October 8, 2011 — The Dominica Labour Party  (DLP) holds its Annual Awards Ceremony 2011 under the theme, “Dominica Labour Party: 56 Years of People’s Development” on October 8, 2011 from 4:00pm to 7:00 pm.

The event takes place at the Officers’ Quarters at historic Fort Shirley in the Cabrits National Park which overlooks Prince Rupert’s Bay and Dominica’s second town, Portsmouth, but is located within the Cottage Constituency.

The Dominica Labour Party has held the Cottage constituency since 1995. The people of that area have been represented in Parliament by Hon. Reginald Austrie, Minister for Lands, Housing, Settlement and Water Resource management.

The DLP Annual Awards Ceremony honours 32 of its members for their service to the Party. 21 members receive constituency awards. Five members receive zonal awards for service to the Labour Women’s Organization (LWO), DLP’s woman’s arm and six for service to the Labour Youth Organization (LYO), DLP’s youth arm. Awardees are presented by DLP’s Representatives and Senators.

DLP Political Leader, Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit, Prime Minister of Dominica will address the ceremony.

This year’s Awards Ceremony highlights the maturity of the Dominica Labour Party — 56 years old, having been launched on the steps of the Dominica Trades Union Hall in Roseau in 1955. It also honours the Party’s 56 years of developing the Dominican people through social and political transformations such as free public education, universal access to secondary education, dramatic increases in access to higher education, access to health care, the Labour Movement, political party formation, and constitutional change, including Associated Statehood and Independence.

The ceremony will also celebrate the party’s growing popularity, since the DLP won 18 of the 21 seats in the House of Assembly in the 2009 general elections.