Past stu­dents in pub­lic life

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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 (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.( 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


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.

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