Video: PLP Announce New Senator Tinee Furbert

November 22, 2016

[Updated] The PLP held a press conference this afternoon [Nov 22] where they announced that Tinee Furbert will be their new Senator.

Senator Furbert has a Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Services and a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy and works as a Clinical Consultant/Occupational Therapist.

She is also the founder of ICANDO Therapy Services, has served on various Government Boards, and is a founding member of the Bermuda Working Women’s Organization.

Update: Photo slideshow from today’s announcement


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She replaces Marc Daniels who resigned earlier this month, while Senator Renee Ming was confirmed as the new Opposition Senate Leader.

Senator Furbert joins the other ten Senators; PLP Senators Kim Wilkerson and Renee Ming; Independent Senators Carol Anne Bassett, Joan Dillas-Wright and James Jardine; and the five Government Senators – Michael Fahy, Lynne Woolridge, Vic Ball, Georgia Marshall and Jeff Baron.

The press conference has just concluded, and we will update as able with additional information, and in the meantime the 11-minute live stream replay is below.

During today’s press conference, Opposition Leader David Burt noted that “for the first time in Bermuda history, the Senate team of a political party will be all women.”

Update 3.21pm: The PLP announcement said, “The Bermuda Progressive Labour Party is pleased to announce the appointment of Tinee Furbert to the Senate. Senator Furbert represents the Bermudian spirit at its best; one that treats strangers as friends and believes we all deserve the same chances in life.

“As chairperson and board member of various Government councils and committees, she has already been a strong advocate for the people of Bermuda and we believe that she will bring that same focus, drive and activism to the Senate.

“Senator Furbert completes a Parliamentary team that has humbled itself during its time in Opposition. The PLP is now even more dedicated to reforming our education system, diversifying our economy and preventing the further disenfranchisement of neglected segments of our society.”

Senator Furbert’s bio, as provided by the PLP, is below:

Senator Tinee Furbert is an Occupational Therapist, who throughout her career has been a passionate advocate for seniors and persons with disabilities, and who works continually to provide assistance and guidance to both patients and their families.

Senator Furbert was educated at Springfield College in Massachusetts, where in May 1998 she received her Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Services, with a concentration in Developmental Rehabilitation.

In December 1999, she received her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy. She is certified by the United States National Board of Certified Occupational Therapists, and by the Council for Allied Health Professions.

Prior to returning to Bermuda, Senator Furbert worked at Meridian Manor in Connecticut as an Occupational Therapist in the Skilled Nursing Facility. Following that appointment, she also worked at Manchester Memorial Hospital in Manchester, Connecticut, dealing specifically with Acute Adult and Adolescent Psychiatry unit.

Locally, she has worked at both the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital [in the Surgical Inpatient/Outpatient Unit] and Mid Atlantic Wellness Institute [Mental Health Services/Vocational Rehabilitation unit] as an Occupational Therapist, and at the Department of Health in the Community Rehabilitation unit.

In the private sector, Senator Furbert is a Clinical Consultant/Occupational Therapist for Medical House Ltd. where she performs home assessments for health care access, wheelchair assessments, and training for patients and their families for medical home management and equipment, mobility, lifting and handling – all things vital to ensuring patient safety.

She is also the founder of ICANDO Therapy Services, where she provides intervention for children, adults & seniors.

Senator Furbert has served on various Government Boards; as the Chairperson of Bermuda Government Council for Allied Health Professions, as the Chair of Bermuda Government Disability Advisory Council, and as a member of the Bermuda Affordable Standard Health Benefit Committee. She is a Founding member of the Bermuda Working Women’s Organization, and is the event manager of Tiara’s & Bow-Ties.

Within the Progressive Labour Party, she has served as Deputy Chair from 2013-2014, as well as in other capacities with her branch. Senator Furbert is married and is the mother of two children

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  1. Revelations says:

    Good news more girl power. But what’s that she’s saying in praising PLP diversity and her draw to that?!?!…. complete nonsense! The FACTS do not support her testimony.

    • OBA supporter says:

      I know this young lady she’s a hard worker and very balanced when it involves white and black Bermudians. She could have easily represented the OBA or the PLP. I will say this, I really wish you had selected the OBA Senator Furbert. Good luck and hopefully you can change the stigma that’s attached to the PLP.

      • watching says:

        Such a backhanded compliment.
        If you had such respect for Senator Furbert, you would congratulate her on her appointment and leave it at that.

        • Swing Voter says:

          Serves on OBA boards for the government and is now a PLP Senator. Good move & brilliant Opposition Leader Burt good move.

          Someone better teach Premier Dunkley how to play chess because he still believes the men in green are playing checkers.

          • hmmm says:

            You do know that Tinee was PLP Deputy Chairperson of the PLP .

            Congratulations Tinee!

          • Swing Voter says:

            hey don’t use my pen name, yur confusing people!

        • I agree, Watchdog. Good point made.

      • Question? says:

        Ask her why she didn’t become a surrogate for the OBA would be my question or maybe the PLP has a new type of milk for the 2017 election.

      • You dont think O.B.A. have enough surrogates?

    • LiarLiar says:

      Congrats to Ms. Furbert on her appointment.

      But to claim the PLP is a ‘diverse’ Party is simply not true.

    • JAWS says:

      What you expect her to say that the oba is 95% white and 5% black, so I decide to be a member of the PLP because the organization is 95% black and 5% white.

      Marc Bean JP, MP always spoke the truth and you people sent MP Nandi Outerbridge with a wire to record his voice when he was only trying to help. Play the tape oba.

      Only Trump can say some things and win.

      • wahoo says:

        Are you insane? Do you condone what he said? They did play the tape that is how we know that Bean has no respect for women.

      • Toodle-oo says:

        *Marc Bean JP, MP always spoke the truth*

        No , Marc Bean always spoke his mind . Learn the difference , please.

        • No not really, Trump speaks his mind and lies like S!@#, Martin, Marcus and Malcolm spoke their minds and spoke de Truth.
          Try again

      • Grassy one says:

        OBA is NOT 95% white. Stick to the facts and stop with your rhetoric. Look at the OBA Pariamentary composition. Look at the last election polling results.

        • Swing Voter says:

          Actually both of you are wrong but what you might want to find out is why so many black Bermudians leave the ubp/oba? All of them can’t be making this up about race!!!

          • hmmm says:

            Because the PLP is weak and they feel they can get to the top more easily.

            • No, because Black people are socially conditioned to believe that if Black institutions let them they cant trust them no more, but when white institutions let white people down, they still support each other.
              Talk about pyshcological damage.

      • Build a Better Bermuda says:

        Your mathematics are as bad as Burt’s, by your calculations, this country is then 50% black and 50% white. While you are more or less on the PLP figures, the OBA would be somewhere closer to around 60% white and 40% black, and the OBA representation is far more reflective of Bermuda’s racial and cultural make up than the PLP even try for. As for the Mr. Bean truth, it only works when you leave out the inconvenient truths, too many confuse ‘saying it like it is’ with ‘saying it as it actually is’. Loud doesn’t make it truth, it is often used to deafen out the truth.

      • Samantha says:

        JAWS stop it they hate it when people admit the truth.

    • steve says:

      She seems like a good pic and i wish her the best. But why the diversity comment? Thats somethin they sure aint and rarely pretend to be.

  2. Getting Better says:

    Well, I’m beginning to like the new look of the PLP.

    Focusing on issues facing women and the disabled, this is definitely positive.

  3. Jahstice says:

    Related to Wayne?

  4. watching says:

    Great appointment.
    Tinee is a wonderful woman who is dedicated and focused. She will do well.
    Well done!

  5. Terry says:

    New face of the UBP.

  6. Zaob Yob says:

    Good luck to the new Senator.

    It would appear that the Senator’s selection was a much easier task than that of the new candidate to stand in Constituency #26. A branch staunchly loyal to Marc Bean having to choose a candidate to support David Burt.

    Cant wait to see who that turns out to be?

  7. clearasmud says:

    Very good choice and now I hope people will give her an opportunity to prove herself. It always amazes me that people in Bermuda like OBA supporter above think they know better that her what is best for her.

    • LiarLiar says:

      What about the OBA candidate in 26?

      As soon as she was revealed the usual character bashing took place by PLP supporters.

      Where was your outrage?

      At least ‘OBA Supporter” acknowledged Ms. Furbert’s strengths and positive traits with no negativity whatsoever.

  8. mixitup says:

    Ms. Furbert is a true People Person and will advocate for the Betterment of Bemudians in their country.. Excellent choice!

  9. Terry says:

    In 5 years after the Americas Cup and other sailing events and what was the old “NOB” and Holiday Inns et al and Gunpowder Cavern/Tavern and millions of $’s and gravel at the long arm there will be what.

    The same’people’ with their vessels moored at Wharf.

    And still su7cking you dry.

    Fools.

    The people protesting have no clue but the ones that feed them do.

    RIP.

  10. ESS ESS DEE says:

    Well done Burt on this appointment. She has poise and intellect.

  11. ImJustSayin says:

    Why do they always read from a script. It goes to show they are not speaking from the heart and are under the control of their party.

  12. Up D hill says:

    Which side of the split in that party is she on?

  13. Patricia Gordon-Pamplin says:

    Congratulations Senator Furbert. Welcome to the world of politics

  14. John says:

    He is doing the right thing in booting out the old dead wood we are so tired of them young fresh ideas is what the country needs

    • hmmm says:

      He didn’t boot out anyone..Marc Daniels resigned because of Burt’s deceit.

      “For over one year we have all witnessed a small, but vocal group of MPs engage in acts of subterfuge and deceit to usurp and malign not only our Party Leader, but also our Executive branch, for their own political purposes.” Marc Daniels (as quoted in the press)

  15. Widget says:

    All the very set Tinee

  16. Desk Warmer says:

    Very surprised she chose the PLP as we would have taken her any day over this American young Lady we are running in C26, anyway, lots of movement so Ms Furbert can always reconsider and join the OBA in the future.

    OBA will win 2 General Elections Straight!, OBA is Standing Strong for Progress, AC, Economic Growth and all Bermudians!!!

    A good Senator pick but our team of Senators Fahy, Baron, Marshall and that Fella is formidable.

  17. Widget says:

    BEST”

    All the very best Tinee.

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