Clifton Clayton Fitzroy Burgin
Former Cabinet Minister, St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Clifton Clayton Fitzroy Burgin is a politician and former Cabinet Minister in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
Early life and education
Clifton Clayton Fitzroy Burgin was born on 25 February 1958. He has spent his entire life in Choppins. He attended the Brighton Methodist School where he passed his School Leaving Examinations. He subsequently became a teacher at the same school and taught there for 15 years.
Burgin obtained a certificate in Teacher Education from the SVG Teachers' College/UWI in 1986. He was awarded a certificate in Adult Education from UWI School of Continuing Studies Cave Hill in 1990. In 1994, he successfully completed a Master of Education degree from the University of Manchester, England. His recent educational achievement has been a certificate in Basic Adult Education from Mashav, Jerusalem, Israel.
Burgin has been an Adult Educator, Community Social Worker and Youth Worker for most of his life. He has worked with people from every imaginable situation in society from SVG and around the world.
Over the years, Clayton has participated in numerous local, regional and international activities in the areas of Adult Education, the Environment and Rural Development.
He has sat on numerous panels, assessing subjects such as Integrated Development and Community Participation.
Clayton Burgin has been and still is a member of a number of voluntary organisations in SVG and the Caribbean, including his membership of the Management Committee of the Caribbean Net work for Integrated Rural Development (CNIRD) based in Trinidad.
His involvement in these organisations has brought him a wealth of experience in working with adults and youth who lack basic literacy skills, those who are poor and marginalised, and the less privileged members of the society.
As a member of (JEMS Progressive Organisation), Clayton has functioned in several different positions. He is responsible for developing programmes and projects to be implemented in the several districts that are served by JEMS. His commitment to the process of National Development began as far back as 1974 when he was just 16 years of age.
He won his seat in the 28 March 2001 General Elections and is the Representative for the East St. George Constituency. He was appointed to the office of Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports as of 29 March 2001. In May 2005 he was appointed as Minister of Education, Youth and Sports. Today he holds the portfolio of Minister of Transport and Works having successfully defended his seat in the 2005 General Elections.
Burgin did not contest his seat in the 9 December 2015 election.
Burgin lives quietly with his family in the Choppins.