Violet Lake-Paul Harris Fellow Awardee

Violet Lake awarded Paul Harris Fellow at a Joint Cocktail Reception at La Bussola Restaurant in the presence of Rotary International President Elect Ian Riseley, November 5, 2016.
Violet- the Ultimate in Volunteerism
Violet Bonilyn Augusta Lake hails from Potters Village where she was gifted to Edmund and Millicent Lake some 59 years ago.  Being the third- to -last of eight children, Violet was always engaged in “looking out” for two younger sisters. Perhaps that is why she became a teacher- “to look out for” and take care of the youth to whom she has dedicated most of her life.
This career of Violet’s started in 1976 at the Five Islands Primary School, then to Greenbay Primary, T.N. Kirnon Primary, Antigua Girls’ High, Jennings Secondary, Pares Secondary and Sir Mc Chesney George Secondary.  She has served as Level Head and Head of Department while working as a general teacher and later as a specialist teacher of Home Economics.   
Other involvement included Finance Chairperson for the Parent Teachers’ Association at Antigua Girls’ High School and the Pares Secondary School, Chairperson for Staff Development at Pares Secondary.  
Ms Lake believes in the holistic development of her students and was always willing to coordinate self development activities such as camps, dinners and in some cases overnight stays at local hotels as well as trips to Barbuda, St Kitts and Jamaica.   Most of these activities were financed by funds raised by the students under Ms Lakes’ guidance.
Ms Lake holds a MSc in Tourism and Hospitality Management from UWI, Cave Hill Campus, a Bachelor of Education Degree in Home Economics specializing in Food & Nutrition, Diploma in Technical Teacher Education – Home Economics: Food & Nutrition (CAST – Jamaica) as well as a Diploma in Teacher Education.
Ms Lake presently teaches Food &Nutrition in the Department of Teacher Education. She is also an examiner for Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) in Food & Nutrition.  Miss Lake has been a member of the local Home Economics Association since 1983, during which time she has served as Vice-President. She has held the position of Assistant Secretary, Second Vice-President and Chairperson of the Education Committee for the Caribbean Association of Home Economists (CAHE). She is also a member of the International Federation for Home Economics.
When one does outreach service, the best way to do so is through finance.  Violet spearheaded the Junior Schools Savings Programme for a number of schools where the students partnered with Community First Credit Union to save regularly and wisely. This initiative is now a thriving achievement especially for students at the William Cody Pre School, Holy Trinity Primary School and Sr.Mc Chesney Secondary School in Barbuda.
Zion Potters Moravian Church is where she worships. In her youthful days, Violet rounded up the young people and started a group called The Potters Moravian Young Uniters, out of which young, upstanding citizens have emerged. You have all heard of Ryencia Henry, Aryann White-Hodge, Yendi Jackson, Earlene Baptist and Gwendolyn Simon-Evanson- all products of Young Uniters.  Miss Lake was also a member of the Board of Stewards and a Sunday School teacher in her church.
Violet is a member of the Optimist Club of St. John’s, and has been for over two decades. She has served as President of the local chapter and Lieutenant Governor for the Caribbean District which comprises 10 clubs in Antigua, Montserrat and Dominica. The establishment of Junior Optimist Octagon International (JOOI) clubs in several secondary schools came about under the
stewardship of Miss Lake.
A community needs people leaders who can step up to the plate and offer whatever service is needed, where it is needed, for as long as it is needed . Violet is one such person who has given up her time and efforts to the following:
· Gemonites Moods of Pan as Protocol/Liason Officer
· Bus Drivers Association as Coordinator of events to honour the commercial
   bus drivers of Antigua and Barbuda.
· St. John Hospice- in whatever capacity she is needed on a Saturday
· ICC Cricket World Cup 2007-Assistant Coordinator of Volunteers
· Community First Cooperative Credit Union- Vice President
· Antigua and Barbuda Cooperative Credit Union League Ltd. - President
Violet Lake has reached out and her outreach has led her to organize with individuals and community groups to provide lunch for students who were not performing at their potential because they lacked proper nourishment. Many of these students have gone on to be productive members of society all because of Miss Lake’s timely intervention.  Honour, recognition and commendation are extended to Violet Bonilyn Augusta Lake for being a good citizen who has made a phenomenal contribution to her corner of this global village.
The Rotary Club of Antigua takes pride in its contribution to the Rotary Foundation and
The Paul Harris Fellow Recognition was created in 1957 as an award for exemplary work in the community.