Marigot Co-operative Credit Union

Edison James Government

present government

Prime Minister of Dominica
Prime Minister Edison James of Dominica
Honourable Prime Minister Edison Chenfil James, Parliamentary Representative for the Marigot Constituency. Served as Leader of the Opposition in the Dominica Parliament from 1990 to 1995.

He was born in Marigot on 18th October, 1943 to David and Patricia James. A devoted family man, Edison is married and has three children. He grew up with his grandmother Mrs Ella (Ma Hazel) Andrew, who along with his parents, were largely responsible for inculcating in him a deep sense of honesty, respect and commitment to serve.

Edison attended the Marigot Government School and the Dominica Grammar School. He proceeded to the United Kingdom in 1964, where he worked in the British Civil Service and studied at the North East London Polytechnic, the University of Reading and Imperial College (university of London).

From these institutions he obtained in turn B.Sc. (Hons) degree in Botany and Biochemistry; M.Sc. degree in the Technology of Crop Protection and a post-graduate diploma in Pest Management. He also attended courses in Project Management.

Returning to Dominica in 1973, Edison taught at the St. Mary's Academy before moving to the Wet Area Experiment Station (Division of Agriculture).

Subsequent duties with the Caribbean Development Bank ((CDB) as Farm Improvement Officer attached to the Agricultural and Industrial Development Bank of Dominica brought him into direct contact with farmers. He was the first co-ordinator of the Coconut Rehabilitation and Development Project.

Edison's greatest contribution to the people of Dominica has been in the Banana Industry. From June 15th 1980 to January 31st 1987, Edison was Chief Executive (General Manager) of Dominica Banana Marketing Corporation (initially known as the Dominica Banana Growers Association). This was the period when the Banana Industry moved from crisis to recovery. He was the forefront of negotiations with the major aid donors (U.S.A.I.D and C.D.B and B.D.D. C.I.D.A.) and was the team leader of WINBAN's Technical Committee.

He was Secretary Empire Sports Club, President of the Dominica Cricket Association and Manager of the Windward Islands and Combined Islands Cricket Teams.

He has also been chairman of the Marigot Banana District Branch of the Dominica Banana Growers Association. He has served as vice president of the Roseau Credit Union and member of the Credit Committee. Mr. James is an active member and former Vice President of the Rotary Club.

A religious man Edison is a Steward in his church.

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Julius Timothy , Age 37.
Julius Timothy, Minister of Finance is a graduate of the St. Mary's Academy. During his school career, you could describe him as "A Winner". He was the first winner of National Spelling Competition. He won a choice of two scholarships to secondary schools. Student of the year on two occasions at the St, Mary's Academy, Julius was also the winner of the Inter-island Scholastic Debate in 1969 and a Junior Table Tennis Championship of Dominica in 1969.

He recently graduated with a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of the West Indies.

In his young life Julius Timothy boast of 20 years of work experience, seven of them with the chartered Accounting and Auditing firm Coopers and Lybrand, where he handled assignments in Dominica, St. Lucia, Barbados and Antigua. At Coopers, Timothy reached the level of Assistant Manager of the firm.

A scholar, a sportsman and a community minded person Julius has been involved in several organisations including: Spartans, Paragons, Celtics and Kensbrough football teams, Cavalier Cricket team, Dominica football Association serving as treasurer for three years. He was the first Manager of National Youth Team and a founding member of the Carnival Organising Committee (C.O.C).

He has also served as president of the Dominica Association of Industry and Commerce (D.A.I.C.), Chairman of the Dominica Agricultural Marketing Board, Chairman of Dominica Stevedores Limited and Vice President of the Roseau Co-operative Credit Union.

He is married and has three children.

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Norris Prevost, was born under the sign of Lion, August 18th, 1947, in the village of Marigot and moved to attend St. Mary's Academy High School in Roseau some 30 years ago in 1960.

Norris Prevost graduated from the St. Mary's Academy with eight O'levels subjects on his own and went on to do Economics at O 'levels on his own then into the University of the West Indies from where he graduated with the B.Sc. Honours degree in Agricultural Economics in 1969.

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Gertrude "Jno Baptiste" Roberts
Received her primary education from Delices Government School, under the administration of Mr. Lawrence clarisaint Didier, a stalwart in education.

As an unqualified Assistant Teacher, Miss Jno. Baptiste took part in quite a few extra curricular activities in Delices.

Leader of a Girl's club, President of a literary club, Vice President of 4H Club and member of the Roman Catholic Church Choir.

As a young teacher in Delices School, she always excelled at exams, either coming out first or seconds on the list of passes. In 1952 she received her Teachers' certificate, thereby becoming a qualified Assistant Teacher.


Gertrude in December 1954 got married to a native of Grand Fond, Inspector Reence Roberts of the Dominica Police Force now deceased. She is a mother of six children, five girls and one boy.

In 1957 Gertrude was promoted to Principal and 1959 she completed a course of training at the Leeward Islands Teachers' Training College Antigua.

In September 1965 to July 1966, Gertrude attended an institute of education, United kingdom, University of Newcastle Upon Tyne and holds a certificate in Educational Studies. On her return she assisted teachers in inservice training.

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Mrs Doreen Paul educated at St. Joseph Government School 1967-74 Convent High School 1974-1980 Dominica Grammar School 1980-81 Sixth Form College 1981-1983

Doreen is married to Anthony Paul of Layou and is the mother of two children, Antonio and Nicole.

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Earl Williams Earl Michael Williams born in Southall, Middlesex County, England of Mrs Veronica and Clark Williams, on the 28th February, 1964, he came to Dominica at the age of six (6) years.


He attended the Salisbury Government School before entering the Community High School in 1978.

Earl created history for Alma Mater when he became the first student of the said Community High School to enter the Sixth Form College in 1983 where he specialised in Mathematics and Economics studies at Advance Level.

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Ronald Green Minister of Education RONALD GREEN has University and professional education with a B.Sc Degree in Health and Physical Education, plus Doctoral level training, with an overall focus in Educational Leadership and Organisation.

Twenty years in the United States and Africa studying, learning and teaching has sharpened his understanding of people and development, and the great potential of Dominica and the Caribbean.

Since 1974, Ron has been channelling his energies into the NGO movement as Project Officer with the Dominica Christian Council, and following that with Small Projects Assistance Team (SPAT), of which he was the co-founder in 1981, as programme officer and since 1993 as Co-ordinator.

Ron is a family man living at his home in Felicite, La Plaine with his wife Nurse Joycelyn Austrie Green and two children Malaika, 13, and Josina, 9.

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NORRIS MICHAEL CHARLES was born of Austin and Grace Charles, farmers of Morne Prosper. He grew up loving farming and has devoted most of his working life to Agricultural Marketing.

Popular known as Charlo, Norris attended the Morne Prosper Primary School and became one of the first students of his village to attend the Dominica Grammar School.

After graduating from the Dominica Grammar School, Norris was employed at the Dominica Agricultural Board as an Accountants Clerk and Store Keeper at the old citrus packing plant. He maintained his employment at the Marketing Board and worked in all departments, eventually reaching the position of Supervisor in the Produce Export Department.

After the Marketing Board was dissolved, Norris was employed for a short period as field officer at Dominica Agro Industries. There he was responsible for the procurement of grapefruits.

When DEXIA was established in 1986, Norris Charles was employed as the first Market Development Officer.

As a result of his achievement at DEXIA , the Caribbean Agricultural Training Company (CATCO) identified him as Trading Manager for Dominica.

In 1993, Norris Charles was offered the position of Operations Manager of the Joint Regional Marketing Programme of the OECS Agricultural Diversification Co-ordinating Unit, Topical Support Project (TROPO), which is based in Dominica.

Norris has received training and obtained certificates in the following disciplines.
Export Marketing of fresh produce from the University of the West Indies Continuing Education Programme in Agricultural Technology in Trinidad. Agricultural Production and Management Principles at California State University in Fresno. Industrial Relations and Economics of Development, at Oxford University Department of External Studies in the UK. He also attended an international Trade conference in the Ivory Coast in Africa. He participated in market promotional activities in Europe, Canada, United States of America and in the Caribbean.

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PETER CARBON was born at Woodfordhill on July 25th, 1953. He is the first son of Mr. and Mrs Fred Carbon of Woodfordhill. Peter is a graduate of the Dominica Grammar School. He received training in Soil and Water Conversation in the Scotland district in Barbados in 1978. He received an honours diploma in Agriculture at the Eastern Caribbean Institute of Agriculture and Forestry in Trinidad where he received many awards and was selected student of the year in 1982. He completed a course in Operational Management at the Morne, St. Lucia in 1983. That same year in the U.K, he was awarded the Nuffield Fellowship to study the Marketing of Fruits and Vegetables.

Peter graduated from the University of the West Indies St. Augustine Trinidad after completing the post graduated diploma and Agricultural Extension. Peter also received training in strategic planning at the Plunket Foundation in St. Lucia. Project implementation and Management - Caribbean Development Bank - Barbados.

Peter has been working in the field of agriculture throughout Dominica for the past 23 years.

He started as Banana Field Assistant with the Ministry of Agriculture in 1972. He then went to work as soil and water conservation assistant attached to WINBAN in 1978\79. After Hurricane David struck the island in 1979 he assisted in the rehabilitation of the Banana Industry, He then left for studies and upon his return was appointed Banana Extension Supervisor. He was appointed Acting Banana Extension Officer.

He is a founding member of the Woodfordhill Credit Union and the Coconut Farmers Co-operative.

He is married with three children.

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Vernice Bellony born at Vielle Case, June 14th 1938, some call her "Teacher Vernice", some call her "Vee" while other call her "Ma Bellony".

Academic Qualification:

Attended the Vielle Case Elementary School. Obtained grade 1 Certificate (1955).

Francois Bernard Barrie
Francois Bernard Barrie, born in Carib Territory 17th February, 1944.

Obtained top grades from Salybia Government School.

Teaching career began in 1959 at Salybia School and continued for 31 years. Obtained University of West Indies Teachers Certificate 1969. Attended Teachers College in Dominica 1976-1978.

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Romanus Bannis
Romanus Bannis was born on 27th February, 1935. He attended the Castle Bruce Government School. On leaving school he was recruited at the Londonary Clery Agricultural Training Centre for eight years, where he underwent training in all aspects of agriculture including cocoa cutting propagation. he then joined the D.B.G.A in 1960 and was again engaged in all aspect of field operations, namely; leaf spot control, nematode and bora control, replanting schemes which include agronomy.

He also managed a number of boxing plants throughout Dominica. He has been involved with the Banana industry from 1960-1980. He also did some study in the Roseau Research Station in St. Lucia.

His involvement in politics began when he actively participated in village and districts councils throughout the entire east during the period 1960-1982 as a member or chairman.

He served as a parliamentary representative for the Castle Bruce constituency during the 1975-1980 period and has kept politics much alive in that constituency till this day.

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JNO BAPTISTE JOHN popularly known as Holeday, was born in GrandBay. John received his elementary education at the GrandBay Government School and is a graduate of the St. Mary's Academy.

He graduated from the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado, there with a Bachelor of Arts Degree.

John has also enrolled in the Territorial Teachers Training Programme at the University of the Virgin Island.

John has held the position of Manager at a Restaurant in Boulder, Colorado.

John began his teaching career at the St. Peter and Paul High School in St. Thomas. He also taught at the St. Joseph Gomez Elementary School in St. Thomas and the St. Mary's Academy in Dominica.

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Edward Alexander was born in Colihaut, of Villa Alexander, a carpenter of Bioche, and Maudrie Alexander, nee Lecointe, a seamstress of Colihaut.

He received his early education at the Colihaut Government School and at the Dominica Grammar School. He later graduated from the Cable and Wireless Training School in Barbados as a telegraphist.

He studied Philosophy and Theology at L'Ecole Superieure de Theologie in Vendee, France and the Seminary of St. John Vianney in Trinidad.

He did further studies in Ottawa, Canada at St. Paul's University, the University of Ottawa and Carleton University earning at these three institutions in turn the Certificate in Social Communications and Animation, the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in Communications and the Master of Journalism degree.

More recently, he successfully completed a post graduate certificate course in Diplomatic Studies at Oxford University, earning a distinction in Diplomatic Practice.

Edward Alexander has served as a telegrahist, a Minister of Religion, a Diplomat, a Broadcaster and a Journalist.

He has been involved in sports and sports administration, as well as in other social youth affairs.

He was an executive member of the Dominica Amateur Sports Association which at that time governed sporting activities on the island.

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