Two young ladies, one born in Dominica and the other with Dominican parents, have been named “Caribbean Persons of the Year” by the newspaper, One Love Caribbean, in Houston in recognition of their significant contributions to the Caribbean community in that US city.
Kelly St. Rose and Shamah Lloyd were chosen from a long list of individuals who have “cross over to work not only on the behalf of their community, but for the advancement of the entire Caribbean Diaspora as a body,” the newspaper said.
The passion of the two for working with young ladies led them to the vision of hosting the first ever Houston Caribbean Queen Pageant, which had the goal of celebrating the talent and intellectual ability of young women with Caribbean heritage.
Before the pageant took place the two did extensive research on pageant hosting and later engage community leaders, entrepreneurs and business professionals to fund and promote the event.
The pageant itself took place in June 2014 at the Stafford Civic Center in Houston and the Caribbean community turned out in large numbers to support it.
It was described as a “cultural, educational and festive event that sought to celebrate young women of Caribbean heritage, while seeking to encourage and empower them to play their respective roles in their communities.”
The pageant was won by the contestant from Belize.
One Love Caribbean said St. Rose and Lloyd filled a void in the Houston Caribbean community by coming up with the idea that culminated in the pageant.
Shamah Lloyd was born in Castle Bruce to Hulet Lloyd and Veronique Roberts. She graduated from the Convent High School in 2002 and migrated to Houston in 2003 and is a holder of a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry. She is now pursuing a Masters Degree in Chemical Engineering.
Kelly St. Rose was born in Houston to Dominican parents, Bernard and Roseline St. Rose, who are from Castle Bruce. She considers herself a Dominican, has maintained the Dominican culture and keeps abreast of her roots. She is presently attending the Texas Southern University where she is pursuing a graduate degree in Pharmacology.