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knows exactly what
she wants to do with
her life and exactly
what she needs to do
to get there.
Focused and driven, the 19-year-
old University of the West Indies
student was named as a director of
her aunt s company, where she
actively works to promote personal
development and training in the
workplace, and she manages multiple
social media pages.
For Duchaussee, "with God at the
centre, family and friends who expect
nothing but the best from you and
a determined mindset, you can
achieve absolutely anything."
It is because of this mantra, per-
haps, that Duchaussee was appointed
head girl while attending St Francois
Girls College. So it was no surprise
when she found out she had achieved
a CAPE Open Scholarship following
her exams earlier this year.
Still, Duchaussee s journey to this
new chapter in her life has not been
a typical one.
At age ten, the youngster saw her
father, Christian, bleeding to death
outside of her Tacarigua home after
he was shot by bandits.
She was in Standard Four at the
time and remembers that she did
not deal with the situation, choosing
to ignore it.
"I was very close to my dad, much
closer than I was with my mom, so
when that happened and we took
him to the hospital and he died days
later, it was really hard."
Today she misses her father more
"The more achievements I make
in life, the more I think about the
fact that he is not here and how I
can t share it with him. He was such
a calm person and I wish I could
talk to him about certain things."
Duchaussee s life changed further
when after developing an extremely
close relationship with her mother,
she received news that her mom had
been diagnosed with cancer.
"My mom and I are really close.
When daddy passed away, mommy
and I became so close. Two years
ago, she was diagnosed with cancer.
She had surgery, chemo and every-
Today Duchaussee s mother is
cancer free but the thought of losing
her makes it difficult to separate her-
self from the one parent that she
"I know that next year I ll have
to choose a school and I ll have to
go study, but Chelsey this year isn t
"I can t leave mommy yet. I know
she is okay, but I m not ready and
neither is she. I m worried about her
and whether she would be able to
do everything on her own.
"She is releasing me but I know
she will miss me a lot when I leave."
In an interview, Duchaussee, who
is currently studying for a BSc in
Leadership and Management at
UWI, St Augustine, said while the
scholarship presents a host of new
decisions to be made, she had been
confident all along that she would
have received the scholarship after
she received eight ones in her CAPE
"The scholarship division had
come to our school and listed two
criteria to be eligible for a scholarship.
I got eight ones, which is one of the
requirements so it really wasn t a
surprise," Duchaussee said in an
"When I actually saw it on paper
online it was surreal. I did this not
for me but also for my mom who
always supported me."
Asked about other plans for her
future, Duchaussee said she wanted
to open a pharmacy.
"I always had a dream to open a
pharmacy. I wanted to be a phar-
macist. I don t know why. I also
want to have my own business, so
I am hoping one of my businesses
will be a pharmacy.
"My aunt said she would even-
tually pass on her business to me."
With the world in the palms of
her hands, Duchaussee said she def-
initely wants to work in the public
"The public sector workforce
needs revamping and I would love
to be a part of that change,"
normal timesheets, I want to train
people to help them present the
organisation to the public.
"Since growing up I really love
business, economics specifically. I
enjoy looking at how the economy
works and how our everyday deci-
sions, how one thing can affect each
...scholarship winner has the
world in the palm of her hands
with his daughter,
Chelsey, ten years ago.
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Chelsey Duchaussee, right, with
her mother and brother, Yannick.
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