Cécile La Grenade

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Her Excellency
Dame Cécile La Grenade
GCMG OBE
Governor General of Grenada
Incumbent
Assumed office
7 May 2013
Monarch Elizabeth II
Prime Minister Keith Mitchell
Preceded by Carlyle Glean
Personal details
Born Cécile Ellen Fleurette La Grenade
(1952-12-30) 30 December 1952 (age 61)[1]
Laborie, British Windward Islands (now Grenada)
Alma mater University of the West Indies
University of Maryland, College Park

Dame Cécile Ellen Fleurette La Grenade, GCMG, OBE, PhD (born 30 December 1952) is a Grenadian food scientist, who serves as Governor-General of Grenada. Dr. La Grenade was sworn-in as Governor-General of Grenada on 7 May 2013 as the nation's first female Governor-General.

La Grenade is the third of 5 daughters born to Allan A. La Grenade MBE, a public servant, and Sibyl Sylvester-La Grenade (BSc), a registered nurse. Her maternal grandmother, Mary Louise "Eva" Ollivierre-Sylvester, was the first woman in the British Windward Islands to serve on the Legislative Council of her country, after being the first female elected in 1952, less than 1 year after universal women's suffrage.

La Grenade is a US trained food scientist. She holds a bachelor's degree in Chemistry from The University of the West Indies, as well as a master's degree and doctorate in Food Science from the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland. Her appointment as Governor-General was announced during the same week as the death of Grenada's first female Governor, Dame Hilda Bynoe. Bynoe was the goddaughter of La Grenade's maternal grandfather, Dr. Cyril I. St. Bernard Sylvester, an educator and public servant.

Dr. Cecile La Grenade was appointed a Dame Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George by Queen Elizabeth II on 14 May 2013.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Per birth certificate, Registry of Birth records, Parish of Saint George, Grenada, West Indies

External links[edit]

Sources[edit]

  • United Nations CEDAW/C/GRD/Q/1-5/Add.1 :Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women; Distr.: General, 4 November 2011; ADVANCE UNEDITED VERSION (p. 14)
  • Shepherd, Verene A. (editor), Women in Caribbean History (Kingston: Ian Randle, 1999).
Government offices
Preceded by
Sir Carlyle Glean
Governor General of Grenada
2013–present
Incumbent