Foreign Affairs Minister E.P Chet Greene has paid tribute to Lady Ena Pereira-Thomas following her recent passing.
Reflecting on her service, Minister Greene remembered Lady Ena’s work as Permanent Secretary and first Chief of Protocol within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
“As Permanent Secretary with Ambassadorial rank, Lady Ena was described as a dedicated and conscientious official with a strong commitment to diplomatic procedures and administration. She was an inspiration to those who worked with her at the ministry.
“She was known for her grace and aplomb in facilitating the many state and official ceremonies and activities through her tenure in office,” the statement read.
He continued, “Lady Ena was a strong believer that protocol subtly becomes the face of a country’s diplomatic relations that remains in the minds of foreign officials for a long time after joint statements are made and agreements signed.
“As a dedicated senior government administrator she made significant contributions to the growth and development of the Ministry of Foreign of Affairs.”
Lady Ena Thomas was married to the late Sir James ‘Bags’ Thomas, a diplomat who served as High Commissioner for Antigua and Barbuda to the United Kingdom, Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China and also Antigua and Barbuda’s representative to CARICOM.
He passed away in November 2011.