Ministry of Culture shocked at sudden passing of Jacinta David

David has been described as a cultural stalwart

Officials at the Ministry of Culture are expressing shock and sadness at the sudden passing of former Chief Cultural Officer, Jacinta David.

David was reportedly found at her home in an unresponsive state on Wednesday evening and was subsequently pronounced dead at hospital.

Chief Cultural Officer, Raymond Lawrence, told state-owned DBS Radio that David actually attended a meeting of the cultural division earlier in the week

“I was certainly very deeply saddened, very deeply shocked because up to yesterday morning she was with us at a staff meeting at the Old Mill Cultural Center and she even passed on information about some person that was trying to assist Dominica in some way…” he stated on Wednesday evening.

He described David as a “very important staff member of the cultural division.”

“So we’ve lost a devoted staff member and I would say a cultural stalwart in a broader sense,” he noted.

He stated that she has a long career in arts and culture in Dominica.

“I remember her joining my groups, which is the Waitukubuli Dance Company in the late 70’s and maybe that was the beginning of her career in arts and culture,” he stated.

Meanwhile, Culture Minister, Justina Charles said although David had taken some time off in October to seek medical attention, everyone at the division was shocked at her passing.

“I must say that Jacinta is going to be a loss definitely to the department because Jacinta was well known to be associated with culture,” she said in a live interview with Kairi FM news on Thursday morning.

She stated that David will be missed as a community person and for the contribution she made to Dominica’s culture heritage.

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31 Comments

  1. The watcher
    December 6, 2017

    Is it just me or are too many of our ministers dying of “sudden heart attacks?” I mean there was rosie, pierro, (then i think one minister of health had a bad heart attack and survived it but is gone) and now this one. Just noting that being in government in Dominica seems particularly dangerous to your health

  2. Jay’s niece
    November 27, 2017

    Speaking from all the way in the BVI I can truly say that Aunty Jacinta was a patriot of Dominica I knew her for 18 years and she been with my family for more than 20. The government of Dominica ought to be ashamed of themselves.Raymond should not even be speaking right now.as a matter of fact you are FAKE. She didn’t labour for you the government she did it for her country ??R.I.P Aunty

  3. glasshouse
    November 27, 2017

    I am really shocked by this. I remembered as a child she was my tutor for dance class at the awarak house of culture. She was a great individual, always pleasant gracious even when she danced. My sincere thoughts and condolences goes out to her family. Yahweh will take care of you and give you what you need to go through this terrible loss :( :( :( :( :( :( :(

  4. Eh
    November 27, 2017

    Raymond go and try enjoy your retirement. This Meritocracy has to end one day.

    Fake fake fake

  5. Hold your nice words sir and mam
    November 27, 2017

    Rest in peace J. God wanted you.

    Some of us think that the system was made for them alone to flourish. Then alone to eat. Them alone to be in spot light. Thry believe that work positions are theirs..their inheritance. Like after them no one else can to things when they themselves can’t even do justice to the post.

    Having a it was a pleasure working with you…your vision, creativity and love for the arts was exceptional. You were never given a fair Chance to carry out you vision (low budgets. Back stabbers).
    Even during your struggles you came back to work to treatry.
    Let them have it all, you gone.
    Let us see them do now what they failed to do all the donkey years they held the same position.
    All now So, not even a trapolin on the dance studio the lady time a checked to protected the one good wooded dance floor.

    Kind words only after death…back stabbers and knife stabs all in the face when you were alive.
    Rest on J.

  6. Sympathy
    November 26, 2017

    I worked with her at Min. Health couple years ago…her son too…may her soul rest in peace. Some Dominicans who have options usually flee from the country because of victimization…I know it well…no longer in DA…but I will do my part to support my friends and family….I wish her family God’ s blessings and peace at this time…

  7. Asaka
    November 26, 2017

    Rest in Peace Jacinta. To some she was known in Culture but for many of us she was known as a “dancer”. She helped teach me dance along with Daryl Phillip and helped form some of us in our earlier years providing us with life guidance. It’s the small things that we do that makes a difference in many other lives and Jacinta did that for anyone that she met. Thank you Jacinta for your smile and for life’s dancing …… may you keep dancing.

    Asaka

  8. Culture enthusiast
    November 25, 2017

    The Minister of Culture should be ashame to be associated with this statement. Miss Jacinta David was humiliated so bad by these people. She spoke to me on a number of occasions and she was badly wounded ny this Government. Jacinta died with a heavy heart. A heart which was broken ny victimization. The Government should be geld responsible for how badly Jacinta was treated and Mr. Raymond Lawrence should dissociate himself from this injustice thst was done to Jacinta David. May the spirit of Jacinta David live on to hunt those perpetrators of victimization against her

  9. Let The Truth Be Known - Original
    November 25, 2017

    She was a hard worker and a concerned person. She has now taken her rest.
    May her family and others who knew her be comforted by God’s Love, Consolation and Strength in your time of sorrow for your beloved one.
    Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her. Through the mercy of God, may her soul rest in peace. Amen!

  10. cast the first rock
    November 24, 2017

    Jacinta is gone, may her role in Dominican society -schools and culture-ever live on. May God grant her family peace to continue.

  11. HAVING AN ANGELO AND ARONDEL GROS PWEL
    November 24, 2017

    acting in a position for so long then the same person you acting on behalf is brought back from retirement to that same position………….sigh……..the stresses and injustices of life
    RIEP MS DAVID

  12. June
    November 24, 2017

    Rip. My condolences to all family and friends.
    Always when someone dies you hearing nice things. How hard working etc.

  13. Pioneer
    November 23, 2017

    Real sad man. Known her all my life. Very cool lady. Condolences to her siblings. May she Rest In Peace.

  14. grips
    November 23, 2017

    stress is a number one killer…….in many ways work…. frustrations….victimization….discrimination……RIP Ms David

  15. Alicia Oxley
    November 23, 2017

    … met Jacinta only within the past few years at Caribbean heritage related meetings – she representing Dominica and I representing The Bahamas. Our friendship although recent was however potent as she encouraged me to push on against all odds and to have confidence in myself. With the passing of hurricane Irma I immediately sought her out and I was elated to know that she was doing good all things considered. Today she is no longer with us – gives credence to life being not ours but the Lord’s – sleep on Jacinta and take your rest – we all loved you but Jesus loved you best! Rest in Peace!

  16. November 23, 2017

    With the absence of electricity , no fan , no air-conditions , the sick , the elderly and children, also people with there immune system which has been compromised due to cancer, chemo, excreta are vulnerable MARIA “s after math is still killing our people , with all the profit that DOMLEC has made on the back of poor Dominicans because they don’t have competition the whole Island should have been back with electricity , sorry to say there will be more casualties , pte Michel is still waiting.

    • Irma
      November 23, 2017

      So before it had fan and a.c how were d’cans surviving???
      You all don’t hear yourselves???
      This lady had her medical condition long before hurricane pass. Gimme a break!

    • Me
      November 23, 2017

      49% of Domlec is Dominican owned.

    • Me-Aloe
      November 23, 2017

      @la po gabwit , someone died suddenly …say something sympathetic on the behalf of the person whether you know her or not. Stop being so freaking negative. Some of you on here are so bitter . I wonder if Dominicans were created that way. I come on here to read posts and comments and you know what, when I see Dominicans on the street/public places, my perception of them is ‘they are mean and bitter people’. You guys need to stop that negativity. I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who thinks like that

    • Beauboi
      November 24, 2017

      you serious?lol :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

    • Polster
      November 25, 2017

      La po kabwit or what every your name is. Since you knew the solution that would encourage longevity and decrease loss of light why didn’t you offer your expertise to Domlec and provide all the people who are ill electricity.
      I hate people that have no experience on the matter act as experts.
      You think it is easy after a major catastrophic event like hurricane Maria that someone would just wave a magic wand and turn on the light.
      You are a classic case if you have nothing constructive to say say nothing.

  17. Queen B
    November 23, 2017

    May your soul rest in eternal peace. Jacinta. Truly a cultural icon .
    We are praying for you Jada and family . God bless you all and stay strong. Jacinta thank you for my talent . You made me walk away with the crown. You will surely be missed. B.E.W

  18. I Must Admit
    November 23, 2017

    Oh my God! How sad! My condolences to her family, friends and staff of the cultural division. May her soul Rest in peace. I must admit that since Maria a number of our people have passed and I wonder if the after shock of Maria is the cause or if it is an unusual disease. The sad thing is we might never know the cause of death so we could take necessary steps to protect ourselves. So far, since Maria the Russian lady was the only person whose cause of death was given by pathologist Hon. Collin Mcintyre, who said she died from Heat stroke. I hope he was correct “I MUST ADMIT”

    • Let The Truth Be Known - Original
      November 25, 2017

      Nationals had to be strong to withstand Hurricane Maria and its aftermath. As it is said, she had medical problems. This made her susceptible to the situation. It is sad that she succumbed to them. The Lord was ready for her transition. RIP

    • Polster
      November 25, 2017

      Why you hope the pathologist was correct. What reason do you have to doubt his expertise? He is specialized in that field are you?

  19. mine
    November 23, 2017

    wow! so sad. RIP Ms. David.

  20. D/CAN in BKLYN
    November 23, 2017

    Condolences to her family and friends, RIP JD

  21. Jack Sprat
    November 23, 2017

    Rest in Peace dear Jacinta. Your toil on earth is over. You were a great inspiration and will be missed dearly.

  22. LifeandDeath
    November 23, 2017

    Wow..!!..Shocker for real..Condolences to the Family..

  23. Breathe
    November 23, 2017

    So saddened to hear of her passing. Rest in peace, Jacintha

  24. viewsexpressed
    November 23, 2017

    So sad to hear of this news. Jacinta will be remembered for her work at the Cultural Division, he part in PTA, played the part of Bolom, was it “Ti jean epi few?”……very good, artistic focused.

    RIP Jacinta, gonna miss you

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