For the first time in its history Barbados has a female Deputy Parliamentary Clerk.
Attorney-at-law Beverly Gibbons wrote her name in history’s pages today when she took her seat in Parliament, having been appointed to the position effective November 1, 2018.
It was Parliament’s first sitting since her appointment.
The 49-year-old Gibbons was congratulated by Deputy Speaker of the House Gline Clarke; Leader of Government Business Santia Bradshaw; Minister in the Ministry of Transport, Works and Maintenance Peter Phillips and Opposition Leader Joseph Atherley.
“Women have been making assaults on leadership in this country right across the land and they have finally descended upon Parliament and I do not know if that is necessarily a bad thing and I am sure that she will prove herself over time to be a worthy representative of that gender and a worthy officer of this House and I welcome and congratulate her,” Atherley said.
Phillips too had nothing but warm words for Gibbons.
“I am also especially pleased to welcome the new deputy clerk of Parliament and I know that having known her for some time she will do a great job in that position,” he said.
Both Atherley and Phillips also used the opportunity to welcome back Bradshaw, who had been away from Parliament for some time seeking medical treatment for breast cancer.
“I am pleased to see the honourable member of St Michael South East back in her accustomed place and I’m sure like all other members I am wishing her the best of health and assuring her of our continued prayers and support,” Atherley said.
As he stood to make his contribution Phillips said, “I’m very happy to see her in her usual chair, knowing that irrespective of the situation she has been keeping in touch and in contact with her colleagues and I want to say that I am personally praying for her along with the members of the church where I worship.”