Dame Sandra Mason, a Governor-General has been chosen as the first Barbados President as it makes its transition to a republic by November 30.
The Barbadians have also been assured there won’t be any changes to the country’s name, flag, pledge, or name of Independence Day.
During an address to the nation on Saturday, Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley outlined this.
“There is no change to the flag. There is no change to the name of Independence Day; there is no change to the name of Barbados. Barbados is Barbados. We’re not the Commonwealth of Barbados; we’re not the Republic of Barbados; Barbados is Barbados. We are also not changing our pledge.”
Mottley explained that between now and November, it was Government’s intention to put a Bajan as the country’s head of state, and Dame Sandra was the person nominated, and has consented to the nomination.
She said Dame Sandra Mason’s nomination would now be subject to the vote of Members of Parliament in the House of Assembly and the Senate.
Following the announcement, ghlinks.com.gh provides some information about the incoming president.
The 72-year-old holds a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) degree which she obtained from the University of the West Indies (Cave Hill Campus, Barbados) in 1973. She also obtained a Certificate of Legal Education from the Hugh Wooding Law School in Trinidad, making her the first female Barbadian lawyer to graduate from the university.
Dame Sandra previously served as an ambassador to Venezuela, Chile, Colombia, and Brazil.
A woman of many firsts
Dame Sandra was the first woman to be called to the Barbados bar, Loop Barbados reported. She was also the first magistrate to hold an ambassadorial position and also the first woman to be appointed to the Barbados Court of Appeals. Dame Sandra was also the first Barbadian to be appointed to the Commonwealth Secretariat Arbitral Tribunal.
Former teacher and banker
Dame Sandra worked as a teacher before leaving the profession to take up jobs in the banking industry. She also taught Family Law at the University of the West Indies later in her career.
Dame Sandra has a son who is also an attorney. He’s her only child.
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