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Jan 4, 2021

The Life of Dr. Dame Minita Gordon

Doctor Dame Minita Gordon was educated in Belize City at Saint John’s Girl’s School and Saint Mary’s Primary School, and later graduated to attend the Teacher’s Training College.  Her first teaching post was at an Anglican school.  She then went on to lecture at the Belize Teacher’s Training College, after which she became an Education Officer.  Dame Minita furthered her education overseas, studying at the Universities of Nottingham and Birmingham in England and the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada.  She obtained a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology and later, her PhD in Applied Psychology at the University of Toronto.  Former aide-de-camp of Dame Minita Gordon, Alan Usher, spoke about the first time he met her and how she was as a person.

 

Alan Usher

Alan Usher, Former Aid of Dame Minita Gordon

“For the weeks leading up to the independence, that is what I was doing. We already knew that her majesty would be represented by Prince Michael of Kent. Actually I was walking out of the governor’s office at that time, taking notes preparing for that announcement of Belize’s first governor general. When it came some days before, I think the Independence Day was the twenty first which was the Monday and I think it must have been the Friday or the Saturday who the governor general was. Obviously, I had never met the lady before. I found out where she lived and straight away I went across to her house on Plues Street and made an initial meeting and told her who I was and what I was doing. By then I already had my notes, this was before computer, stating to brief her on basically the program that is being place in the next coming day. That was a very, very, very long weekend. The Saturday and the Sunday up to leading up to Monday. You had delegates arriving from all over the world. Lot of things arraigned. It was quite busy. She was a very intense person, very analytical. I guest when you do PhD studies that is what you get. You are analytical about everything. It was really a wonderful working experience. I was in a teaching mode at that stage. The fellow standing in front of the bunch of solder is a major. That rank is what that rank is and the guy with the one stripe is a lance corporal. A full guard is ninety-six. The flag to the middle of the parade is the colors. There was whole new world that she was going into. Obviously public administration she would have had that experience from working in the Ministry of Education and indeed the education department. But understanding the military, understanding the functions of the state was obviously a new experience which she picked up quickly.”

 

Details of her burial will be shared at a later date.


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