Dominican called to the bar in Trinidad

Christine St. Marie

“I have finally made it!”, says an elated Christine St. Marie, a Dominican who was called to the bar in Trinidad and Tobago on Thursday (November 25).

“I give God all the glory and honour for it was by His Grace I was able to succeed,” she stated. “There are also some people whom God placed into my life that also made this dream a reality. You know who you are.”

St. Marie continued, “There were times I wanted to throw in the towel… those times my faith and strength were tested but indeed I am glad I persisted…I felt like I was between a rock and a hard place and giving up was just not an option.”

The attorney, who is originally from the village of Scotts Head, says her grandmother instilled certain morals and values in her that contributed to her success. “My granny-we call her ‘Da’- always spoke about the value of education and that stayed with me. I always speak of that lady, no matter where I go, haha! I kept reminding myself that if I wanted to get out of my current situation-and yes, it was tough-I had to be resilient and keep going and so I kept going.”

St. Marie, who also practised journalism for several years and covered the Courts from time to time, says she fell in love with law and attorneys like “Ma Dyer” in Dominica and “Richelieu” in St. Lucia inspired her.

“I used to sit on the side table in Court and say to myself, ‘Waw, these attorneys really know their stuff and I admired that. I admire anyone who is good at whatever they do, no matter what profession.”

“So I decided to make career change, although I still have a passion for Journalism and I still write from time to time. As a matter of fact, I plan to marinate the two, hoping to use my journalism skills to produce some legal pieces and provide a voice for the voiceless.”

St. Marie said deciding to become an Attorney-at-Law was one of the most challenging undertakings of her life.

There were so many naysayers (whom I obviously didn’t allow to deter me),not to mention delays!  Being a single mom and working (and not working at times) made it rather difficult. But for the Lord… He always sent someone to help me.  I refer to these people as “His angels here on earth,” St. Marie said with a reminiscent smile.

“I learnt so many lessons while I was on this long and difficult journey. The key one being that delay is not necessarily a bad thing, sometimes it’s all part of God’s plan. For me, it was a motivating factor to work hard from the beginning of the school year and excel throughout.

“I also learnt the importance of believing in myself. My mantra was and still is: “Lean not unto thy own understanding but trust in the Lord; In all thy ways, acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths.”

“I would not trade my academic experience for anything. Through it all I was enlightened, gained wisdom, saw many shades of the human being and most importantly I learnt to depend solely on God.”

The insurmountable challenges faced while at law school taught me faith over worry, peace amidst the storm and sweet success after hard work and perseverance.

A word of advice to anyone wanting to pursue their dreams, especially single mothers: you are not defeated; let not your circumstances or lack of finance overcome your drive, you only have to want something this bad to get and once God is on your side, you already have it.

St. Marie also plans to apply for admission to the bar in Dominica, St. Lucia and Barbados.

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16 Comments

  1. Felix Pacquette
    December 2, 2021

    Great Sasia you made it at last God and family and friends are happy for you.
    You know whom.
    See you soon
    Australian/Londoner
    Bye for now

  2. Jessica
    November 30, 2021

    Christine,
    I am so proud of your achievements. You have ALWAYS been a determined young lady, despite our rigid education system, you persevered and always gave your best. Now you have achieved your goal. I wish you a long, healthy and happy life in your chosen career. Cheers!!

  3. Waiting for Airport
    November 30, 2021

    Congrats Young Lady

  4. AA
    November 30, 2021

    Why would someone dislike these comments. There are haters everywhere.
    Must be the childs father., who cannot stand the fact thst she succeded.

    • Christine
      December 1, 2021

      I wish those haters much happiness. Go with God.

  5. November 30, 2021

    WOW!!!! Congrats for a job well done, and best of luck as you journey through your new chapter in life. I wish you well and all the success that you desire.

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  6. November 29, 2021

    Congratulations

  7. Soufriere Trini
    November 29, 2021

    Congratulations old friend. I’m happy for your success. It’s been a long time since the SAT days. Keep striving for the best.

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 7 Thumb down 0
  8. Melanie
    November 29, 2021

    Congratulations Christine! Such a humble individual.

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  9. Former classmate
    November 29, 2021

    Congrats, Christine. God knows you wanted this and he made sure you got it.

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 14 Thumb down 2
  10. A. George
    November 29, 2021

    Yaaay! My CHS schoolmate… proud of you! With God anything is possible honey. All the best!

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  11. The Lord is my Shepherd
    November 29, 2021

    Congratulations my dear. I am in tears, my dear. Yes I know some of the challenges you went through but I am elated that you have overcome and have entirely put your trust in the Lord. This is something that we all must do even at this time. We all seem to forget the greatest one of all and the promise that I will never leave you nor forsake you.

    I am definitely proud of you. Continue to be focused on the LOrd and he will carry you through.

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    • The Lord is my Shepherd
      December 1, 2021

      The 2 of you disliking let me ask you a question. Are you one of those who waste your time doing unnecessary things while she toiled and studied hard when you were asleep sometimes?

      What is there to dislike about a young woman overcoming and succeeding in her career path?

      Unless you hate women or abuse them or are even too arrogant with a male chauvinist narcissist attitude or even some women who are jealous of those who succeed. Whosoever you are please repent and wish the young lady well. You dislikers you can become something or do well too. Just take Christine’s advice and put God first. You too can do it.

      I await a confession that you disliked her success and now you are victorious too. I await that day. I wish you the dislikers the best. May Yahweh change your mindset and perspective so you can love and move forward. It is never too late to be sorry and move ahead.

  12. Zandoli
    November 29, 2021

    Good luck…..I hope your move to the law profession brings joy and prosperity to your life.
    Always remember to give generously of your time and expertise.

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  13. Unknown
    November 29, 2021

    Congrats young lady, it good to see people set goals and pursue them. Much Blessings and respect.

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