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HISTORY will be created next week as Barbados is poised to see its first female President of the Senate being officially sworn in.
Word of this from Prime Minister Freundel Stuart during his contribution to the 2012-2013 Estimates debate in the Lower House yesterday evening.
The post was previously held by former Senator Sir Branford Taitt whose retirement took effect from February 24, 2012.
According to Prime Minister Stuart, “This party appointed the first female Governor General of Barbados and as of next week we will have the first female President of the Senate in post-Independence Barbados and she will be a member from the differently-abled community in the person of Senator Kerry-Ann Ifill,” he said.
Ifill is currently the Deputy President of the Barbados Senate. She was the first blind graduate of the Combermere Secondary School and the University of the West Indies where she graduated with honours. She later attended Durham School of Business, where she graduated with an MBA.
The Prime Minister revealed that Government will also appoint attorney-at-law and criminologist Verla Depeiza as the newest Senator.
Depeiza is a Democratic Labour Party candidate for Christ Church West. She is the mother of two and is no stranger to the political arena, having been active within the Party during the 1994, 1999, 2003 and 2008 general elections as well as the by-election in the St. John constituency last January.
She has also held several posts within the DLP administration – she was once the President of the Young Democrats and has sat on the General Council as well as the Executive Council, last holding the post of Assistant General Secretary. (JH)ʩ