George Pilgrim is a successful Barbadian entrepreneur and household name on topics of civil society and politics. Starting at Wesley Hall School and continuing through Queen’s College and the University of the West Indies (UWI), George developed a sense of selflessness and service, which has culminated in his candidacy in the constituency of St. John. George began his relationship with the people of St. John through his work with the “Families First” initiative which was a volunteer programmed conceptualised by the late Prime Minister, David Thompson, that engaged the constituents of St. John.
He later served as the first Personal Assistant to David Thompson when he assumed the office of Prime Minister in 2008. He has held many leadership roles in both his student career and personal life, starting from a prefect at both primary and secondary school, to officer-in-charge of the No 10 Cadet Company (former Louis Lynch Secondary school ) to three-time General Secretary of the Democratic Labour Party. He has served as group leader of the Duke of Edinburgh Award for Harrison College and Queen’s College.
He went on to serve as President of the Queen’s College Old Scholars Association and also chairman of the Board of Management of that institution. His political candidacy is supported by a Master’s degree in Governance and Public Policy which he has used over the years to lecture at the Barbados Community College (BCC), UWI Open Campus and in the Faculty of Social Sciences at UWI Cave Hill. George is also entrepreneurial by nature. In the 1980s, George along with some of his school mates founded the company Mpact which specialises in screen printing. Thirty years later, through their expanded efforts, they currently employ approximately 25 staff members full time, many of whom are youth. This success is both testament to his business acumen and devotion to making a good idea work. George spends most of his downtime with his family where he shepherds his two boys to their various extracurricular activities. As an avid supporter of healthy lifestyles, George devotes time to his gym routine and touching up on his Shotokan Karate and cycling. George is a devoted Anglican and once served as a member of the St Thomas Parochial Parish Council, President of their youth group and a teacher of Sunday School. He is currently pursuing the Pastoral Assistant course hosted by the Anglican Church.