Video: Atherden Sworn-In As New Health Minister

May 27, 2014

[Updated with video] This morning [May 27] Jeanne Atherden was sworn-in as the new Minister of Health, Seniors and Environment, replacing Trevor Moniz who is now serving as the Attorney-General following the resignation of Mark Pettingill.

Mr. Pettingill — who will remain a backbencher — resigned as in order to take up a position in the private sector, which was previously reported to be at Clarien Bank, while Mr. Moniz was named as the new Attorney-General, leaving his position as Minister of Health & Environment.

Minister Atherden signs the documentation while the Governor looks on

Jeanne Atherden being sworn in 2014 (1)

Minister Atherden graduated from the Berkeley Institute and McGill University where she attained a Bachelor of Commerce; additionally she has obtained a Chartered Accountant designation.

In 2008 she was appointed to the Senate, while being in the Senate she was appointed to serve as a member of the Parliamentary Joint Select Committee on Education.

Minister Atherden added, “I am pleased and honoured to be a part of the Cabinet team. I think I bring a unique perspective having been a member of the Bermuda Health Council, and I am looking forward to getting down to work on behalf of the people of Bermuda.”

Governor George Fergusson, Minister Atherden and Premier Michael Dunkley

Jeanne Atherden being sworn in 2014 (2)

Following the recent changes, the new Cabinet is Michael Dunkley: Premier & National Security, Dr. Grant Gibbons: Economic Development & Education, Shawn Crockwell: Tourism & Transport, Patricia Gordon-Pamplin: Public Works, Wayne Scott: Community, Culture & Sport, Trevor Moniz: Attorney General & Legal Affairs, Jeanne Atherden: Health, Seniors & Environment, Bob Richards: Finance, and Michael Fahy: Home Affairs.

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  1. Congratulations Mrs. A.

  2. Coffee says:

    What ! Another Berkleyite in the OBA/UBP Cabinet !

  3. God 1st says:

    Team players are stepping up.One or 2 team mates get substituted now those on the bench have to step up.

  4. watching says:

    Another UBP in the cabinet. Why didn’t the Premier elevate former Minister Sylvan Richards? Or Kenny Bascome or Nandi Outerbridge?

    • Oh please says:

      You really think the Dunk will give Kenny Bascome or Nandi Outerbridge a Minister position. LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL my team is not that crazy.

    • Rich says:

      I’d wager none of them have sufficient experience or expertise (with the possible exception of Sylvan Richards though his experience was in environment which is the smaller part of the portfolio). Ms Atherden at least served as chair of the Bermuda Health Council for two years, which plays an important coordinating role in health in Bermuda, and will be ready to hit the ground running.

  5. Onion says:

    Musical chairs.

  6. Scotty says:

    Congratulations on your new position. I know you will do a great job. Time for the OBA ladies to take centre stage.

  7. Congrats no says:

    She would not be my choice! UBP cabinet all!

  8. watching says:

    what decisions were made while Ms. Atherden was a member of the Health Council? Was this the decision to close the Urgent Care Center without even notifying the Premier or Health Minister?

    • Rich says:

      That was not a decision of the Health Council.

  9. I'm no fan... says:

    I’m no fan of the OBA but this woman seems to have paid her dues. Best wishes.

  10. Danielle says:

    I think that the new Minister will do a fine job.
    I wish her all the best.

  11. Lick My Chicken says:

    Dunk has on his Bda shorts. I hope the past and baby drama is behind us and Bda will now move forward.

  12. Attention please! says:

    The following will tell you what I think of the UBP/OBA

    Did you get it? :o ))

  13. Mumbojumbo says:

    She appears to be such a nice person…why swear?…I realise that we couldn’t help but swear when it was Zane Desilva….Angels were probably letting the effs go…left and right….clue less brain less….and totally the wrongest person to be in charge of anything to do with health!…….but this girl seems right….let’s bring her in with nice words instead!