His Excellency the Governor, acting on the advice of the new Leader of the Opposition John Barritt, has today [May 18] made the following appointments to the Senate; Michael H Dunkley, Legay Craig Cannonier, Dr Katherine Frances Michelmore.
The Governor has written to the President of the Senate to ask her to swear in these three new Senators at the next meeting of the Senate.
Newly appointed One Bermuda Alliance [OBA] Senate Leader Michael Dunkley is a one-time United Bermuda Party leader who represented Devonshire East in the House of Assembly for many years. At the 2007 General Election he contested the marginal Smith’s North constituency, losing to the Progressive Labour Party’s Patrice Minors.
Mr. Dunkley was subsequently appointed to the Senate by the UBP and has been reappointed by OBA interim leader John Barritt to provide both “continuity and experience” to the new Opposition Party’s Upper House team.
During his political career, he has held important posts in the Shadow Cabinet, having had responsibility for Labour, Home Affairs and Public Safety and for Health and Family Services..
After attending school in Bermuda, Mr. Dunkley went to George Washington University and the University of Richmond in the United States, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Scholar Athlete Award.
Since he came back to Bermuda, Mr Dunkley has run the family business that supplies Bermuda with milk — Dunkley’s Dairy. He has also been involved in public service for most of his working life.
Deputy OBA leader and newly appointed Senator Craig Cannonier is the former leader of the Bermuda Democratic Alliance [BDA]. He was born and raised in St David’s, attending St. George’s Preparatory School and the Bermuda Institute.
After obtaining a BSc in Industrial Psychology from Towson State University in Baltimore, Maryland in 1986, he went on to acquire retail management experience in a number of different arenas.
Sen. Cannonier began his career by working for the MarketPlace Group where he was responsible for human resources, training and purchasing. He served as the general manager of People’s Pharmacy for some ten years.
Prior to beginning his association with Esso Bermuda, Sen. Cannonier served as a relationship manager for Cable & Wireless. Sen. Cannonier currently runs Esso City Tigermarket, Collector’s Hill Esso and Warwick Esso.
Senator Dr Katherine Michelmore grew up in Bermuda attending Dellwood Primary School and Warwick Academy.
At about the age of 12 years, Dr Michelmore decided she wanted to be a doctor and from that point pursued her goal. She attended Newcastle Medical School before moving to Oxford University as Bermuda’s Rhodes Scholar. Sen. Michelmore completed a PhD thesis in epidemiology, which is the study of how and why diseases affect different populations, and later decided that she wanted to become a General Practitioner.
After 15 years in the UK, Sen. Michelmore moved back home to Bermuda with her husband in 2002, working as a Family Doctor for several years. After the birth her second child, she transitioned into a new role as the Employee Health Physician at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital, where she continues to work part-time.
Sen. Michelmore has a strong interest in improving the health of Bermuda and has recently worked on a Task Force to establish diabetes guidelines for the island. Her concern for the environment has also led her to work with the Bermuda Environmental Sustainability Taskforce [BEST]. She also served as Deputy Leader of the BDA.
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