Mr Rankin, who now seems to be unpopular with residents of the Virgin Islands has been labeled a “racist and dictator” by talk show host and political activist Cindy Rosan, after he sparked outrage from all sections of the local population with his other two nominees, which he allegedly bullied his way to have them remain on the CRC according to the sources.
The other two controversial nominees are Jamaican national Tanya Cassie-Parker and Caucasian American national Susan V. Demers, who both have belonger status.
Some residents claimed that Mrs Cassie-Parker wanted the Virgin Islands constitution to be suspended following the release of the Commissioner of Inquiry report, while others accused Ms Demers of being a ‘racist’ who does not have the best interest of the people of the Territory at heart, however, our news center, could not independently confirm those claims.
One nominee by Mr Rankin who was met with unanimous approval by both the Government of National Unity and Cabinet, was Ms Louis who is the daughter of former Legislator, Cyril Lewis Walters and his late wife – former Educator, Lucia Walters nee Potter.
Ms Louis, a Virgin Islander has years of experience at the management level while employed in the civil service.
She served for 27 years as a government officer in a number of positions, including the Assistant Chief Librarian of the Library Services Department for a few years, then became the Chief Librarian/Director of Library Services for over 11 years.
Mrs Louis, a fifth-generation Virgin Islander was also a senior officer in the Ministry of Education and Culture where she was an Assistant Permanent Secretary, Ag. Deputy Permanent Secretary, and also served as 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 BVI was that of Private Secretary to the Minister for Education and Culture. She retired from the Government Service to take up senior positions at the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College where she held the posts of Director of the Learning Resources Center from 2007 – 2012, and Dean of Workforce Training from 2012 – 2019.
She currently holds the position of Director of the VI Studies Institute – a research institution responsible for all matters on the history, culture, and contemporary issues about the Virgin Islands. Ms Louis has also lectured in public administration for the Open Campus of the University of the West Indies.
Ms Louis’s training is wide and varied. She holds a Certificate in Public Administration, a Certificate in E-Government (both from the University of the West Indies), Two Bachelor’s degrees (Library Science and Administration from UWI and Brock University in Canada), A Master’s degree in Business Administration, and Master’s level certification in Project Management respectively (Wright State University in Ohio, USA and Laval University in Quebec, Canada), in addition to commencing her Doctoral Studies in Adult Education.