Franka Bernardine

St. George South East

Campaign office: St. Paul’s Main Road – Bread Supermarket; 533-7650, 456-7773

About the Candidate

Marital Status: Married
Children: 5

Franka Alexis-Bernardine is a go-getter who is driven by excellence. She is a very practical person who believes in the empowerment of women as a strategy for community development. A maintainer of standards, a disciplinarian and experienced administrator, she is committed to working hand-in-hand with all Constituents to develop the human resource capacity of the Constituency, through the introduction of initiatives designed to empower people to do and achieve more for themselves and the community.

An alumnus of St. Joseph’s Convent, St. George’s, Franka holds a Bachelor’s degree in Zoology, Chemistry and Botany from the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica, and a Master’s degree in Zoology, from the University College of London, England.

In a multifaceted and exemplary career to date, Franka Bernadine has worked in the education systems of Jamaica, The Bahamas, Barbados, and Grenada. She has also held key positions in several diverse organisations, including:
• Party Chairman of the National Democratic Council (NDC)
• Minister for Education and Human Resource Development, Senator - Government of Grenada
• Director of the U.S. Peace Corps in Grenada
• Chairperson for the Grenada National Commission for UNESCO
• Appointed National Liaison Officer to spearhead the production of Grenada’s Third National Anti‐Drugs Master Plan (2002)
• Past President of the Grenada National Netball Association
• Chair Person, National Education Commission

As Minister of Education, she is acknowledged for numerous important milestones, including:
• Being the first Grenadian to be elected to serve on the Executive Board of UNESCO, PARIS (2009- 2013).
• The JW Fletcher Secondary School
• The T-VET Council, CVQ’s and NVQ’s
• Refocusing of the Schools Curriculum to include Personal Development Skills & Technical Education
• The Scholarship Desk – (preference to Teachers & Police Officers)
• The Free School Books Program
• Changes in the Education Act to immediately remove sex offenders from schools
• Raising the bar for Teachers’ degree qualifications and training, moving from 19% qualified in 2008 to 50% in 2012
• Passed the Law Establishing the Accreditation Council

My Vision for St. George South East

Dear Constituents,

As we approach the most important decision we will make for the next 5 years, we have to ask ourselves, “Are we any better off now, than we were 5 years ago?”

Community development cannot be just the physical repair of roads and gutters. It must be seen as a Human Resource Development process, because when people in a community are empowered to improve their own lives and create job opportunities and businesses, the rest will follow!

As your representative, I will work to ensure that the physical facilities for enabling and empowering our constituents are provided where they can have the greatest positive impact.

In Agriculture, we need a good Farmers’ Market where produce grown by farmers in the constituency can be sold locally. A Farmers’ Market will facilitate Hopevale, Marian and other farming communities to sell their produce themselves. Likewise, introducing Processing (Fruits etc.), Marketing, Overseas Sales etc. will generate jobs and small-scale businesses in our communities.

Technical Training opportunities including Computer Skills, Fishing, and Boat Building and Repair will be brought into at least two Community Centres, where young people and indeed persons of any age group can access the Training again, along with Math and English to the CXC level. Having set up the PAM Project (5 years), and Managed NEWLO for 5 years, this is something I could do easily and well.

A nice professionally-run Day Care for the elderly will provide jobs, as well as Activity Therapy as a day service for Senior Citizens. The existing Child Day Care centres will be improved upon, and communities such as Hopevale, which are without a Community Centre or playing field for socialising and/or sports will have facilities built.

As a former President of the Grenada Netball Association I’m committed to assisting all the sporting associations in South East to have a home!

I will take Community Development to a new level in South East by turning the focus primarily on PEOPLE DEVELOPMENT for employment.

Yours sincerely,

Franka Alexis-Bernadine
NDC Candidate
St. George South East