Dear Residents of St Andrew:
My name is Cherie Pounder and I am honoured that you would consider me to represent you in Parliament.
My younger sister and I spent lots of days during the summer in St Andrew, being raised by relatives, while my parents worked the shift system at the QEH. I grew to love Barbados’ rural districts, village life and discipline, and St Andrew became my second home.
Over the years, I became intrigued with nature and appreciated the balance and diversity that the constituency offered. This led to my career as a Water Resources Scientist and Project Manager.
I have watched the infrastructure of the parish degrade and the population dwindle, as persons moved out because of lack of attention to major issues. I have seen and experienced the turmoil that St Andrew communities have endured from: land slippage, limited garbage collection, water shortages, limited transportation, and scarce job opportunities. There appeared to be a general lack of political will to redevelop jobs in multiple sectors like eco-tourism and agribusiness.
There also seemed to be a general dismissive attitude to local knowledge. Many St Andrew residents have complained tirelessly as their houses have slipped because of questionable road designs. Examples include the newly paved road in King Street in St Simons, which has broken away months after it was repaved.
I have strong family ties to the parish. My grandfather and mother were born in Lakes village. My grandfather, Mr William Bailey was a former teacher and headmaster of the All Saints Primary School and St Joseph Boys School during the 1940s until the 1970s before he retired from the profession. My maternal grandparent ties are based in Belleplaine. My predecessors have worked as teachers, nurses, farmers and merchants serving the parish of St Andrew. It is with this background that I humbly seek to represent the people of St Andrew.