Former Cabinet Minister, Trinidad and Tobago
Donna Carter was a Trinidad and Tobago politician, diplomat, and former Cabinet Minister.
Early life and education
Donna Carter was born in Trinidad and Tobago in 1944.
Carter contested the St. Joseph seat for the People's National Movement (PNM) in the 2000 General Election. but was defeated by United National Congress (UNC) candidate Carlos John. The following year, Prime minister Patrick Manning appointed her a government Senator and Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister with the responsibility for Ecclesiastical Affairs in the 7th Republican Parliament in 2001 to 2002. She was also an active member of the Women's League.
In December 2003, Carter, a former teacher by profession, last served Trinidad and Tobago as High Commissioner to the Republic of South Africa. By November 2004, she had not yet assumed her duties, due to illness. External Affairs’ Chief of Protocol Carl Francis was sent to South Africa to act as envoy in her place. In January 2005, Carter succeeded acting high commissioner Carl Francis and stepped down from the position in April 2008.
Carter eventually migrated to Costa Rica where she began recuperating.
Carter was married to husband, John Hunt.
Donna Carter passed away peacefully at her home in La Guacima, Costa Rica on 3 January 2018. She was 73. She was cremated in Costa Rica and her ashes returned to Trinidad for burial.