The Government’s youngest senator says he is relishing the opportunity to serve in the Upper House.
This morning 28-year-old Damien Sands was one of nine Senators to receive the oath of office administered by Governor General Dame Sandra Mason at Government House.
Following the short ceremony during which Dame Mason urged all Senators to execute their duties diligently, Sands told reporters that the honour was both unexpected and awe-inspiring.
“This is a historic moment for me, I am the youngest person in the Senate [so far] and this was definitely not anything I was anticipating. So when I was asked to be part of the team, I believe that I was privileged and honoured to put my good intentions and hard work in,” Sands said.
The young attorney who is the son of Desmond Sands, Barbados Labour Party candidate for Christ Church East Central in 2013, explained that while he may have some butterflies in his stomach as he steps into the major government office, he believes that the experience of the stalwarts would make the process easier for him.
“It is a little daunting because while I have watched some of the debates in the House of Assembly, looking at the calibre of persons, I do believe that it would be a hard task trying to emulate [them]. I believe that once I have a good team with me and persons like Senator Jerome Walcott to guide me as well as Sir Richard Cheltenham, I am sure that with the wealth of knowledge they have, I will be able to gain some experience,” he said.
Sands was sworn in along with Sir Richard Cheltenham, Rudolph Greenidge, Dr Jerome Walcott, Lucille Moe, Lisa Cummins, Romel Springer, Rudy Grant, Lynette Holder and Crystal Haynes.
Missing from the list today was senator designates Kay McConney and Rawdon Adams, who could not be sworn in because they did not meet the requirement of being ordinary residents within the last 12 months. It was later explained that an amendment to the Constitution would be made on Tuesday that would now require that persons only be a citizen of Barbados in order to be appointed to the Senate. (CM)