Heskeith Andrew Alexander
Former Cabinet Minister, Commonwealth of Dominica
Heskeith Andrew Alexander was a Dominican politician and former Cabinet Minister.
Early life and education
Heskeith Andrew Alexander was born at Delices, Dominica on 1 December 1942.
He was educated at the Delices Government School and the Dominica Grammar School.
He emigrated to England as a young man and lived and worked there for ten years.
He attended the Post Office Engineers Training School in London and worked as a technician with the London Telephone region.
On his return to Dominica, he turned to farming and became deeply involved in community work in the south-east.
He attended a course in Co-operative Management at the St. Augustine Campus of the University of the West Indies in Trinidad. His work with co-operatives also took him to the Labour College in Barbados and the International Centre for Technical and Vocational Training in Turin, Italy.
Alexander successfully contested the La Plaine seat in the 1980 election for the Dominica Freedom Party (DFP). He was appointed Minister of Agriculture, Lands, Fisheries and Co-operatives in the administration of Prime Minister Mary Eugenia Charles. He was re-elected in 1985 and appointed Minister of Housing Community Development, Housing and Social Affairs. He was elected for a third consecutive term in 1990.
Alexander was also Chairman of the Eastern District Association of Village Councils, Chairman of the Farmers’ Co-operative, Chairman, Library and Cultural Group and Treasurer of the Church Council.
He was District Manager of the Bay Oil Co-operative. He was a keen sportsman and promoter of sports in Delices. He was married and was the father of three children.
Honours and awards
He received the Meritorious Service Award in 2005 from the Government of Dominica.
He was married and had three children.
Alexander died on 24 September 2018 in the United Kingdom. He was 75.