Bernard was born in Roseau, Dominica's capital, in October 1955. He graduated from the University of Wales and the University of East Anglia. He worked as an economist in the Dominican Ministry of Finance for 23 years, in the positions of Project Analyst, Economist, and Social Development Planner.
Bernard contested the Roseau Central constituency on the Labour Party ticket in the 2009 general election. He lost to the incumbent, Norris Prevost of the opposition United Workers Party, on 18 December 2009, by the narrow margin of 836 votes to Prevost's 839 votes.
Bernard was then appointed by Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit to serve as a senator in the House of Assembly, and was sworn in on 4 January 2010. He also serves as the Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
- Dominica Labour Party, 2009 candidate profile of Alvin Bernard, retrieved 22 February 2011.
- Electoral Office (21 December 2009), House of Assembly General Election 2009 - Final Count, Commonwealth of Dominica, retrieved 22 February 2011.
- DLP announces new senators, Dominica News Online, 4 February 2010, retrieved 22 February 2011[dead link].
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica, retrieved 22 February 2011.
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