• Bernadine Louis, Moderator
    • Ms. Bernadine Louis is a British Virgin Islander who has accumulated years of experience at the management level of the civil service. She served for 20+ years as a senior government officer in the following positions: Assistant Director of the Library Services Department, Government of the Virgin Islands, and Director of Library Services, Government of the Virgin Islands. As a senior officer in the Ministry of Education, first in the position of Assistant Permanent Secretary, next Ag. Deputy Permanent Secretary, and Ag. Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education and Culture and Ministry of Health for brief periods when the substantive Permanent Secretaries were on vacation leave. Her last position in the Government of the Virgin Islands was that of Private Secretary to the then Minister of Education and Culture.  Ms. Louis retired from Government Service to take up senior positions at the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College where she held the positions of Director of the Learning Resources Center from 2007 – 2012, the Dean of Workforce Training from 2012 – 2019 and currently holds the position of Director of the V I Studies Institute – a research and information service institution responsible for all matters on the history, culture, literature and other contemporary issues about the Virgin Islands. She has lectured in public administration for the Open Campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI), on strategic management and research skills in the CMI programme at HLSCC. She has also facilitated several workshops and short courses for the Government’s HR Department and the Civil Registry and Passport Office on business communications. She is currently an Adjunct Lecturer in Virgin Islands History. In the field of Literature, Ms. Louis has edited numerous Virgin Islands publications over the years. She recently co-authored “The 1949 March and the Restoration of the Virgin Islands Legislative Council” as part of a series of publications for the secondary-level education system. Other titles are in the works. Ms. Louis’s training is wide and varied. In addition to being an Information and Library Science Professional, her skill sets include a Certified assessor of Administrative and clerical training, Certification in Basic Genealogy, and Family History research. She holds a Certificate in Public Administration, a Certificate in E-Government (both from the University of the West Indies), two bachelor’s degrees, a Master’s in Business Administration, and a master’s level certification in Project Management, respectively. She is currently pursuing her Doctoral Studies. Ms. Louis has a family of seven. 


  • A Life in Literature