Former Cabinet Minister, Bermuda
Kim Young was a Bermudian nurse, politician, human rights activist, and a former Cabinet Minister.
Early life and education
Kim Young was born in Australia and arrived in Bermuda in 1966, aged 22, to work as a nurse at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital.
Young was Member of Parliament for Paget East from May 1997 until her political retirement at the General Election in July 2003.
She was appointed Minister without Portfolio in May 1998, a few months before the UBP’s tenure in government came to an end. While in Opposition, she served as Shadow Minister for Health and Family Services and spokeswoman for Environment and Women’s Issues.
She retired from politics so that she could travel with her husband, Ward Young, after he sold family businesses The Phoenix Group and BGA.
She served on the Human Rights Commission for two years from 1995, as well as a host of government boards and committees. These included the Sexual Assault Review Committee and the Women’s Advisory Council, which she chaired, the Bermuda Hospitals Board, Fairhavens Christian Care Centre, and the Task Force on Women’s Issues.
Young was the mother of four children, Shannon, Jonathan, William and Jeness, who died in infancy, and was stepmother to Ardleigh and Ward Jr.
Kim Young died on 4 March 2018 in the Bahamas yesterday after suffering a severe stroke while in hospital with a fractured spine. She was 75.