Ma­son’s life of ser­vice stands out

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THE AN­NOUNCE­MENT that Jus­tice of Ap­peal San­dra Ma­son will soon be in­stalled as our eighth Gover­nor Gen­eral is one that will meet with wide­spread ap­proval. She will be­come the sec­ond woman to at­tain that high of­fice, Dame Nita Bar­row hav­ing been our first to have been so ap­pointed.

Bar­ba­di­ans will be equally pleased to hear from our Prime Min­is­ter that there are many of our fel­low ci­ti­zens, both at home and in the di­as­pora, who could qual­ify based on the high cri­te­ria of per­sonal and pro­fes­sional at­tributes, record of ser­vice, com­mit­ment to coun­try, in­tegrity and dig­nity.

For an is­land as small as we are, it is very com­fort­ing to know that the choice for the high­est of­fice in the state could not be an easy task given the num­ber of ci­ti­zens who sat­isfy the very de­mand­ing cri­te­ria. It speaks vol­umes for the pub­lic spirit­ed­ness and love of coun­try that such a num­ber of us, both within and out­side their coun­try of birth, are still so minded and com­mit­ted to their na­tive land that their names could have been hon­ourably con­sid­ered.

Our eighth Gover­nor Gen­eral will bring to that high of­fice an acute aware­ness of the in­trin­sic Bar­ba­dian qual­i­ties of hard work and per­sonal in­tegrity. She has ex­hib­ited these fine qual­i­ties all through the many years of pub­lic ser­vice she has ren­dered as am­bas­sador for this coun­try to Venezuela, as a mag­is­trate and Reg­is­trar of the Supreme Court, and lat­terly as a Jus­tice of Ap­peal.

Com­ing from a hum­ble back­ground, her life story is one of lift­ing her­self up by grasp­ing ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties which came her way and giv­ing back through pub­lic ser­vice.

In this re­spect, she will be a source of shin­ing in­spi­ra­tion to many young and not so young Bar­ba­di­ans who may need to re­fo­cus on set­ting de­sir­able and so­cially up­lift­ing goals and achiev­ing them. In do­ing so, her ac­tions will en­cour­age all our peo­ple to be stead­fastly en­gaged in na­tion-build­ing at the per­sonal and na­tional lev­els.

In re­flect­ing on his ex­pe­ri­ence, a re­tired holder of the of­fice else­where in the Com­mon­wealth thought a gover­nor gen­eral could pro­mote unity where prac­ti­tion­ers of par­ti­san pol­i­tics may not be able to do so. He also sug­gested that hold­ers of the of­fice might be most ef­fec­tive by iden­ti­fy­ing with the di­verse groups in the so­ci­ety, talk­ing with and to them, car­ing about what they do, and en­cour­ag­ing a mul­ti­tude of worth­while ac­tiv­i­ties with a proper sense of pro­por­tion and dis­crim­i­na­tion.

We have no doubt that Gover­nor Gen­eral-des­ig­nate Ma­son will, in due course, choose and iden­tify from within the large range and depth of her ex­pe­ri­ence, those ar­eas of pub­lic en­deav­our to which she can bring spe­cial at­ten­tion in or­der to pro­mote what is worth­while within our coun­try.

We wish her god­speed as she em­barks on this apex of her pub­lic ser­vice. She can be sure all Bar­ba­di­ans will sup­port her.

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