Roseau, Dominica: Alwin Bully- known as the designer of the National Flag, cultural icon and director passed away on Friday in Dominica. The government expressed condolences to the family and friends of Bully.
Bully received the Sisserou Award of Honour in 1985 for his design of the National Flag and the Golden Drum Award in 1997. Primary School students had the great honour of visiting Bully at his home during the last celebration of Flag Day in October 2022.
Alwin Bully was born in Roseau on 14 November 1948 and was educated at the Convent Preparatory School, the Dominica Grammar School, the St. Mary’s Academy and the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill. He returned to teach at his old Alma Mater, eventually serving as its headmaster.
During this time, he was deeply involved in promoting all aspects of the arts in Dominica including drama, painting, dance, folk traditions, creative writing and carnival. In 1965 he represented Dominica at the Commonwealth Arts Festival in Britain along with members of the Kairi and Dominica Dance troupes.
In 1978, with the encouragement of then Minister of Education, H. L. Christian, he established the ‘cultural desk’ in the Ministry of Community Development which became the Cultural Division. In 1987 he left Dominica to work at the regional office of UNESCO in Jamaica, applying his creative skills to the wider Caribbean.
Alwin Bully designed the national flag in early 1978 in preparation for the gaining of independence from Britain later that year and the Cabinet made certain small alterations to the original design.
The flag was legally established by Act No. 18 of 1978, The National Emblems of Dominica Act, signed by the Governor, Sir Louis Cools-Lartigue on 31 October 1978, Gazetted 1 November 1978 and effective 3 November 1978.
National Development Foundation of Dominica ltd also expressed condolences and stated that the entire NDFD family wishes to express their deepest condolences to the family and friends of Alwin Bully. Bully is a Dominican cultural icon and the genius who designed their National Flag.
“We especially send our thoughts and prayers to Anita Bully who served the NDFD as our first local and first female Executive Director during the earliest days of this foundation. May Bully’s soul rest in eternal peace, “said the NDFD.