BY GEORGINA KEKEA
THE body of the late Stella Lucas Laugasau was laid to rest yesterday. Ms Laugasau was one of the victims in a tragic incident at the Mataniko Falls last week.
Yesterday friends, colleagues, relatives, members from the tourism industry and those who have come to know Stella attended her burial service at Henderson.
At the time of her death, Late Stella was SIVB’s Marketing Officer, responsible for Australia and New Zealand region and looks after the Romance Market in the country.
She was described by many as a woman who is passionate about what she does, and one that has demonstrated unwavering commitment to her job in the tourism industry.
Apart from her life in the Tourism Industry, Stella was also a netball player. In the past, she had represented the country in a number of netball games and was an avid supporter of netball in the country.
On her Facebook page, SIVB’s Marketing Manager, Freda Unusi wrote that Stella is driven by a very passionate, selflessness with dreams of presenting Solomon Islands as an authentic paradise.
“She has demonstrated unwavering commitment, endurance and her love for Destination Solomon Islands is what drives her until she was called to rest.”
Mrs Unusi described Stella as someone who had touched the lives of many people through her love for the country in the International and Local Markets.
She says Late Stella Lucas has invested her life for the Solomon Islands and the people that she was acquainted with. She has affected the lives of many tourism operators and made so many friends and today is a testimony to some of her influence.
“With your famous line ‘for the love of the Solomon Islands’, Stella from a country lost without your soul, who’ll miss the wings of your passion more than you’ll ever know. Now you belong to heaven.”
Stella Lucas tragically died while assessing a new hiking programme in the Mataniko region. Her colleague, Chris Nemaia is still reportedly missing.