A woman who exuded love, compassion, and dedication to a great cause
Geva René, the former First Lady of Seychelles, passed away, aged 90. She was an inspiration for many, an advocate for Children’s Rights and Education. She discharged her duty as the first and longest serving First Lady, with grace, elegance and compassion for the most vulnerable in Seychelles. She was the second wife of President France Albert René, and they were married between 1975 and 1992. It was her second marriage, following the death of her first husband, Michel Savy.
Her passing has left a deep void in the hearts of many Seychellois, who fondly remember her as an unwavering advocate for children’s rights in Seychelles. The defining characteristic of Geva René’s distinguished life was no doubt her selfless dedication to the welfare of children. She worked tirelessly to make sure that society’s most vulnerable members were well-cared for and given the best possible start in life. She has left a profound legacy where the protection of children and the rights of children are concerned. She was the founder and patron of the National Council of Children (NCC), the Children’s Ark, a facility for child therapy, and the President’s Village orphanage.
Geva René was an exceptional educator and dedicated her time to the cause of education, a subject she ardently supported throughout her life. She was a postgraduate in Child Psychology and Education and served as the head teacher of Seychelles College Primary and Modern School. She was also the principal and founding member of the Seychelles Teacher Training College.
But Seychelles will remember Geva René as a woman with boundless love for children. Her passion for the welfare of children was at the forefront of all that she did, and she worked tirelessly to create a better environment for the young people of Seychelles. Her passion and devotion to this cause were enduring, and her legacy in this area is the epitome of the power of compassion and empathy.
Geva René was a woman of great grace, poise, and dignity and she will be remembered as a woman who exuded love, compassion, and dedication to a cause. She will always be remembered as one of the greatest First Ladies in the history of Seychelles.
Geva René was a mother, a grandmother and a sister, and Seychelles mourns with her family. Her contribution and service to her country will be remembered.