When Dr. Hubert Alexander Minnis, prime minister of The Bahamas, attended the recent international conference on the effects of climate change on island nations, he was not accompanied by one of the seasoned ministers of the inner circle, but by the youthful Shonel Ferguson, member of Parliament for the Fox Hill constituency. She did not attend merely as a token female. Upon her return home she presented a well-prepared, comprehensive report on the matters dealt with, showing their relevance to The Bahamas.
This writer has known Ferguson since she was a Sunday school student at Coke Methodist church, Fox Hill, Sandilands Village, then under the supervision of the late Shervin Thompson, insurance executive and dedicated Christian layman.
Versatile and vivacious, Ferguson made her debut on the local and international scene in the field of athletics, being among that elite early group of Bahamians who earned a medal at the Carifta games. She entered upon a career in the business world, reaching the status of junior executive in a large international corporation. Always ambitious, after serving there for a number of years, she ventured out on her own, establishing her own company, located in Centerville.
As a “Foxhillian”, she has a lifelong desire to represent the people of this unique, tightly knit community in Parliament. After several attempts, she succeeded, and as they say, the rest is history.
Thus, Ferguson has managed to excel, while still comparatively young, in three of the most high competitive areas of human endeavors — athletics, business and politics. As such she is a role model, encouraging every young Bahamian lady (whatever may be her social background, race, political affiliation or religious convictions) struggling to make her mark in any of them.
— Rev. Dr. Joseph Emmette A. Weir