The Hon. Cynthia Yvonne Forde, JP, MP
Member of Parliament, Barbados
Cynthia Forde is a Barbadian politician and a current Cabinet Minister.
Early life and education
Cynthia Yvonne Forde was born on 1 March 1952, she was educated at the Modern High School and Erdiston Teacher Training College. She is also a graduate of the Licentiate College of Preceptors.
A teacher by profession, she was trained in Early Childhood Education .at the Mount Carmel International Training center in Israel. She also holds a Diploma from the Licentiate College of Preceptors, 1989; Certificate in Management of Human Resources from BIMAP, 1993/1994.
Her work experience includes that of a cashier for one year and of a primary school teacher at the Sharon Primary School from 1970 to 1994.
She is a member of the Progressive Credit Union Ltd., the Association of Friends of Gordon Cummins District Hospital, Holy Innocents’ Church Council, St. Thomas Community Independence Committee. She is a member and former executive member of the Barbados Union of Teachers and is currently 1st Vice Chairman of the Barbados Labour Party.
At the community level she has been an adviser to the St. Thomas Festival Committee, the co-ordinator of Woman Against Poverty, an ex-officio member of the Cane Garden Neighbourhood Watch, the Central Relief Organisation, a leader of the Barbados Boys’ Scouts, the Girl Guides’ and President of the Parent-Teacher Association of The Alleyne School. In addition, she was secretary of Sharon Primary PTA.
Forde was Senator and Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Youth Affairs & Culture in 1994 to 2001. In September
2001, she was elected in a by-election
to serve as the Member of Parliament for the
constituency of St. Thomas, on a Barbados Labour Party (BLP) ticket. In 2001, she
joined the Cabinet as Minister of State in the
Ministry of Education Youth Affairs and Sport,
a position that she held until 2008.
Forde was reelected to the Barbados House of Assembly in the 2008 and 2013 General Elections.
Outside of politics, Forde’s record of voluntary service
includes work with the Scouts and Brownies
as well as Friends of the Gordon Cummins
District Hospital. She was a Synod Representative of the
Anglican Diocese from 1997-2009 as well as being
the Superintendent of the Holy Innocent Sunday
Forde was also a member of the Sharon
Parent Teacher Association and was President of
the Alleyne School Parent Teacher Association for
Forde retained her seat in the 24 May 2018 election and was appointed Minister of People Empowerment and Elder Affairs in the Mia Mottley Administration.
Forde is the mother of a son and grandmother of four children.