Dame Ivy as Governor-General

Barely serving two months in an acting position, Dame Ivy Dumont, 71, was officially confirmed as Governor-General of The Bahamas, making her the first woman to hold such a high office.


The Cabinet Office announced the confirmation of Dame Ivy on Monday, which also made her the sixth Governor-General since The Bahamas became an independent nation on July 10, 1973.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, acting on the advice of the Prime Minister, has appointed Dame Ivy as Governor-General of The Bahamas with effect from Jan. 1, 2002.

Dame Ivy succeeded the highly celebrated Governor-General Sir Orville Turnquest, 72, who retired from the office, which he held since January 1995.

Prime Minister Ingraham, commenting on Dame Ivy's confirmation as Governor-General, noted his deep satisfaction at her continued willingness to serve the Bahamian people.

He said that Dame Ivy, a gentle and kind spirited woman, with keen intellect and a tremendous drive to see good done for the maximum number of people possible, had served as an important positive influence upon his political life during the past decade.

Dame Ivy was sworn in as the Acting Governor-General on 13 November 2001 in a ceremony in Rawson Square witnessed by hundreds and carried on television and radio via live broadcasts.

At that historic occasion, the Prime Minister revered her as "a true representative of Bahamian womanhood at its best."

Also at that time, Dame Ivy pledged to perform her responsibilities in a manner to which The Bahamas has not been accustomed, not having previously had in the office, a woman.

She also vowed to discharge her duties in a fashion to make all Bahamians proud at all times, and God willing, in a style which will inspire young Bahamians to continue to search for excellence in areas of service to God and country.

Dame Ivy, a wife and mother, has had a number of successful careers prior to her high appointment as representative of The Bahamas' Monarch. A teaching career was followed by a career in public administration from which she retired following thirty years of service. Her career in human resources development in the private sector ended in a second retirement from which she emerged to enter front-line politics as Secretary General of the Free National Movement and later, Senator and Cabinet Minister between 1992 and 2000. Dame Ivy retired from her position as Chairman of the Public Service Commission on 31st December 2001.

A founding member of the Bahamas Union of Teachers, Dame Ivy is a devout Christian whose beliefs strongly influence her interaction with people from all walks of life.

Ivy Leona Turnquest's education started in her hometown in Roses, Long Island, and continued in the United States. She obtained a doctorate in public administration in 1978.

She is married to Reginald Dumont; the couple has two children, Cheddi and Edda.

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