New senator wants to focus on youth

Attorney Lisa Bostwick-Dean received her instruments of appointment as a senator during a brief ceremony at Government House yesterday.

Her appointment comes less than a week after former Senate President Katherine Forbes-Smith resigned from the Senate.

Bostwick-Dean is the daughter of Dame Janet Bostwick, the first woman elected to the House of Assembly, and John Henry Bostwick, a former president of the Senate.

Speaking to reporters at Government House, Bostwick-Dean noted people sometimes brand her as “following in the footsteps of my parents and in particular they would wish to brand me with following my mother”.

“Of course, there are some things that I would seek to emulate,” she said.

“I admire her, not just as a mother but as a public representative. But I think plenty of us would be overly ambitious to think we can match those footsteps and in that way, I must chart my own course and I would seek to do that.

“And I will seek to stand in my own right as my own person while, of course, honoring them in all that they have done and not to of course bring any sort of negative light to the country or to the family.”

Bostwick-Dean said youth justice is one of the things that she hopes to “passionately advocate for” with her parliamentary colleagues in the Senate.

“Of course, I can only bring what my colleagues endorse,” Bostwick-Dean said.

“So, I don’t seek in any way to overspeak what would be the party line but certainly, where behind closed doors and in other places, where it would be appropriate to do so, yes, I intend to push for a lot of changes legislatively for how we deal with youth and socially.

“There need to be some changes, even in terms of the structures, of how we capture youth that don’t have the [proper] family background, youth that do get caught in the system that have to go into homes, that have to find alternative living arrangements. There’s a lot that has to be done.”

Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis praised Bostwick-Dean’s “willingness to serve”, noting that it was like the result of “the influence of her parents”.

“As a mother and citizen, I know that she will also work tirelessly to ensure that we continue to provide greater economic and social opportunities for our people; to strengthen our democracy and to make our country more resilient in the face of the multiple threats of the global climate emergency,” Minnis said.

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Jasper Ward

Jasper Ward started at The Nassau Guardian in September 2018. Ward covers a wide range of national and social issues. Education: Goldsmiths, University of London, MA in Race, Media and Social Justice

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