|Governor of Sint Maarten|
10 October 2010
|Monarch||Queen Beatrix (2010-2013)
King Willem-Alexander (2013-)
|Preceded by||office created|
|Born||Eugene Bernard Holiday
14 December 1962
Philipsburg, Sint Maarten
|Residence||Guana Bay, St Maarten|
|Alma mater||Tilburg University|
Eugene Bernard Holiday is the first Governor of Sint Maarten, which became a country (Dutch: land) within the Kingdom of the Netherlands on 10 October 2010. He was installed by the Council of Ministers of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on 7 September 2010. He was president of Princess Juliana International Airport before assuming his office as governor.
Eugene Bernard Holiday was born on St. Maarten on December 14, 1962 as the fourth of seven children from the marriage of Eugene Bernard Holiday Sr. and Leone Cassandra Marsham. A devout member of the Methodist Church in St. Maarten, he was raised in a strict Methodist family where attending church, Sunday school and Boys Brigade were mandatory.
Spiritual development school was a priority in the Holiday family. Holiday attended primary school at the Oranje School and the St. Joseph School in Philipsburg and completed part of his secondary school at the Milton Peters College, in South Reward, St. Maarten in 1979. In July 1979, at the age of sixteen, he left St. Maarten for the Netherlands to further his education. There he completed his secondary education at the Roman Catholic School Canisius College-Mater Dei, in Nijmegen in 1982. He then enrolled in the economics program of the Catholic University of Brabant, in Tilburg and graduated with a doctoral (drs) degree in economics in 1987.
During his studies in the Netherlands he looked forward to and returned home on vacation annually. While on vacation in the summer of 1985 he met Marie-Louise Hazel. That same summer she went to the Netherlands to continue her studies in accounting in Breda, at the College of West-Brabant. They started dating later that year and after her graduation married in St. Maarten in November of 1990. Holiday is an avid sports fan having played baseball, basketball, volleyball and pool competitively as a child and young adult. Like in academics, Holiday excelled in sports, led his teams and represented St. Maarten on national teams in regional baseball and pool tournaments.
The caring, fun filled, disciplined, decent and positive upbringing with emphasis on mutual and self-respect provided by his hard-working and honest parents shaped Holiday’s life and character. Grounded in his family heritage and values he has a calm and positive attitude towards life, is interested in a broad range of issues and is committed to contributing to the promotion of the well being of the people of his community.
- The Governor of Sint Maarten - Resume of the Governor
- Rijksoverheid.nl - Benoeming Gouverneur van het nieuw te vormen land Sint Maarten
- RNW.nl - Gouverneurs voor Curaçao en Sint Maarten
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