Past students in public life
FLORENCE DAYSH O.B.E (nee Smith) was a member of the Federal Government.
Florence was born in 1908 in St Philip and attended Codrington High School from 1917 to 1920 before furthering her studies at Cheltenham in England and at finishing school in France. She was widely known as “Brown Sugar” and was a stylish dresser who had an attraction to fast cars.
After returning to Barbados she was involved in social work before returning to England in 1944 to work with the British Red Cross. Just before the end of World War II she returned to Barbados where she met and later married Commander Norman Daysh in 1947.
Florence started her public life serving at the Black Rock Baby Welfare League, later formed the St. Philip Bay League in 1948 and was benefactress of the Joan Arrundell Day Nursery.
She was elected to the St. Philip Vestry in 1950 and appointed to the Legislative Council in 1954-the second woman to be so honoured. She served as an elected member to the Federal House of Representatives from 1958 to 1962 . Florence was awarded an O.B.E. for her work in 1957.
IRIS BANNOCHIE S.C.M ( nee Bradshaw) was the first Chairman of the Barbados Parks and Beaches Commission which later became the National Conservation Commission. The name of Iris Bannochie is automatically associated with plants and flowers and is known across a wide spectrum of the society.
In her early years as the wife of Dr Harry Bayley she worked closely with him at the Bayley Clinic. Her inquisitive mind led her to research topics such as The Whistling Frogs of Barbados, The Bush Teas of Barbados, (both published in the Museum Journal) a look at the grapefruit which may actually have its roots in Barbados, the vitamin C content of the Barbados cherry, and bats from the island.
After her husband’s death and her later marriage to John Bannochie she moved permanently to her Bathsheba
GWEN READER M.B.E.
GWEN READER M.B.E (nee Moore) was an Independent Senator in the Upper Chamber of the Parliament of Barbados from 1981 to 1986.
She graduated as a nurse from Montreal General Hospital and later became Chairman of the Child Health Committee in Barbados. In 1971 Barbados won the Kettering Shield for the most outstanding public health improvement as a result of the infant mortality rate falling from 139 per 1000 to four per 1 000.
Gwen was later awarded an M.B.E. for her contribution to
DR FRANCES CHANDLER O.B.E.
DR FRANCES CHANDLER O.B.E.( nee Roach) attended Codrington High school from 1958-62 before going on to Queen’s College.
She graduated from University of the West Indies (UWI), St Augustine, Trinidad with a BSC. (Hons) degree in Agriculture in 1969 and worked for 10 years in crops research with the Ministry of Agriculture in Barbados, after which she joined the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute as Research Agronomist.
During this time she was instrumental in developing an onion industry in the Caribbean. In 1995, she received a PH.D degree in Crop Science from
THE HON. MARA THOMPSON
HON. MARA THOMPSON (nee Marie-josephine Giraudy) is the sitting Member of Parliament for St. John. She is the widow of the late Prime Minister David Thompson and was elected to Parliament in 2011 to represent St. John which he originally represented.
Born in St Lucia, she and her sister Jeannine, attended Codrington High School as boarders in the 1970s. Fellow students remember her representing Elliot-sealy house in sports.
After completing a physical education course at the Barbados Community College she went on to gain a degree in Physical Education from the University of Western Ontario, followed by a Masters Degree from Howard University.
She taught Physical Education in schools throughout the Caribbean and the USA and later undertook paralegal studies after which she worked in her husband’s law firm. When chronic noncommunicable diseases reached epidemic proportions in the Caribbean, she spearhead the healthy lifestyle campaign in Barbados and the region.