Dame Monica Jessie Dacon, DBE, CMG
Dame Monica Jessie Dacon, née Sheen DBE, CMG (born 4 June 1934) is a former Saint Vincent and the Grenadines schoolteacher, and educator.
Early life and education
Monica Jessie Sheen was born on 4 June 1934. She has the distinction of being the first woman ever appointed as Deputy Governor General and as Acting Governor General in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. She is the widow of the former, well loved and highly respected parliamentarian, The Hon. St. Clair Dacon.
Monica Dacon attended The Girls’ High School where she passed both the Cambridge School Certificate and the Cambridge Higher School Certificate.
Dame Monica went on to enjoy a distinguished teaching career that spanned thirty-five years. In 1952 she began teaching at her alma mater and the Boys’ Grammar School. She would return to the Girls’ High School eleven years later having taught in two Trinidad and Tobago schools, before returning to St. Vincent to teach at the Bishop’s College, Kingstown in 1966. Mrs Dacon acted as Principal of Bishop’s College for a few months before going back to the Girls’ High School where she remained for nearly fifteen years.
Mrs. Dacon continued her studies and gained the St. Vincent Teachers’ College Certificate in 1980 and two years later her Bachelor of Education degree from the University of the West Indies. On her return to St. Vincent she moved from secondary education to the tertiary level and became a lecturer at the St. Vincent Teachers’ Training College.
Throughout her life Monica Dacon has been involved in church and civic activities. She was a member of the Girl Guides Association and served as a Brownie Guider as well as teaching Sunday school for many years and assisting with the preparation of the Methodist Church’s School Curriculum. In 2001 she was appointed as a member of the Public Service Board of Appeal.
Monica Jessie Dacon was appointed Deputy Governor General in 2001 when Sir Charles Antrobus was Governor General, she continued in this office upon his death and with the subsequent appointment of Dr. Frederick Ballentyne as Governor General. She has been Acting Governor General on numerous occasions, and continues to carry out her duties with grace and dignity.
Honours and awards
Dame Monica was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2010 Birthday Honours/Overseas and Diplomatic List. She has the distinction of being the first Vincentian woman to be knighted.
Dame Monica is the widow of parliamentarian St. Clair Dacon.