Iconic Dominican Figure, former Educator and Minister for Community Development & Women’s Affairs, Gertrude Roberts died Wednesday night, at the age of 90
Photo: Greta Roberts and deceased mom Gertrude Roberts
Q95 news has confirmed that Former Minister for Community Development and Women Affairs, Gertrude Roberts has died. This iconic woman is said to have lived a fruitful life and passed at the age of 90, on Wednesday night.
Gertrude Roberts was also a former educator and United Workers Party (UWP) parliamentarian and government minister, She was the mother of Gretta Roberts, who is currently the Dominica Labour Party (DLP) candidate for the Grand Fond, Morne Jaune/Riviere Cyrique constituency in the December 6, 2019 General Elections.
In a Facebook post, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said the following about Gertrude’s passing, “We have all been touched in some way by her contributions to Dominica at various levels, from her community outreach to her stellar teaching career, followed by her leadership as a parliamentary representative.”
Her teaching career began at the Delices Government School in 1950. Seven years later (1957) she was promoted to Principal. After retiring from education, the late Roberts joined the United Workers Party (UWP) in 1990 as the representative from the Grand Fond, Morne Jaune/Riviere Cyrique constituency and served as the Minister for Community Development and Women Affairs from 1995 to 2000, working on rural development programs and issues affecting the poor, gender equity, women’s rights and empowerment.
In 1973, Roberts received the Meritorious Award from the government for her outstanding achievements in the modern concepts of Community Oriented Approach to Primary Education in Dominica.
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