Our Programme's Patron is Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, DCMG, Governor General of The Commonwealth of the Bahamas.
Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, DCMG, is tenth Governor General of The Bahamas, having taken Office on 8th July 2014.
Her Excellency was born in Long Bay Cays, Andros on 26th June 1032 to Mr. and Mrs. Rueben D. McKenzie, both of whom are deceased. She received her early education at the South Andros All-age school, and upon moving to Nassau, she was tutored at the Western Senior by the late Dame Doris Johnson.
On 5th May 1956, Dame Marguerite married the late Sir Lynden Pindling, KCMG, who became the first Prime Minster of an Independent Bahamas, and from that union there are four children, Obafemi, Michelle, Leslie and Monique.
Her Excellency played an active role in the long, arduous efforts of Sir Lynden Pindling and his colleagues which eventually led to the achievement of majority rule in The Bahamas in 1967, and which culminated in the achievement of National Independence on 10th July, 1973.
Dame Marguerite spent many years involved in community work, having served a number of charitable organizations including the Bahamas Red Cross Society, the Ranfurly Homes for Children, the Children's Emergency Hostel, Abilities Unlimited, leadership in Women's organizations, and other civic and charitable groups. Her main objective is the pursuit of unity between all people in The Bahamas.
For her decades of distinguished work in community service and these charities, in 2007 Her Excellency was honoured by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II with the rank of Dame Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George.
Dame Marguerite is dedicated member of the Anglican Church of St. Agnes, Grant's Town New Providence, in her spare time Her Excellency continues to enjoy cooking and gardening.
30th July, 2014