A distinguished woman of the soil has accepted the challenge to serve her nation in the capacity of Head of State.
Dr. Cecile La Grenade was sworn in on Tuesday by Madam Justice Margaret Price-Findlay as the country’s sixth Governor General at the Grenada Trade Centre during a joint sitting of both Houses of Parliament.
She replaces Sir Carlyle Glean who served as the fifth Governor General from November 27, 2008.
The new Governor General created history by becoming the first female to hold the high Office of the land.
In her first address after taking the oath of office, Dr. La Grenade spoke of being delighted to serve as the country’s Governor General.
She said when she was first asked to accept this position, she was overwhelmed by her own initial anxieties.
“I promise to uphold the dignity of this high Office,” she told the ceremony.
The female Governor General said she is acutely aware of the historic nature of the appointment.
“I am deeply honoured and humbled by the confidence placed in me with this appointment. I am cognizant that I follow in the formidable footsteps of the late Dame Hilda Bynoe, the former Governor of Grenada who was the first female to be appointed a Governor in the British Commonwealth,” she added.
Dame Hilda Bynoe died last month in Trinidad.
Dr. La Grenade told the Houses of Parliament that she has come from a family in which service to country molded them.
She said that from a very early age she was exposed to the philosophy of service to family and community alike and that exposure has taught her that the greatest rewards in life can come from serving others, and from volunteerism.
Dr. La Grenade who is a businesswoman and entrepreneur previously served the country as the Head of the Public Service Commission (PSC) between 2007 and 2010.
She is a close relative of late Marxist Prime Minister, Maurice Bishop who was executed October 19, 1983 amidst a bitter power struggle among moderates and hardliners for control of the then ruling New Jewel Movement (NJM).
Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell who addressed the ceremony indicated that the swearing in of Dr. La Grenade allows the nation to make a bold national statement about the value that it places on women’s leadership.
The Prime Minister said the appointment of Dr. La Grenade as Governor General comes when Grenadians elected the most number of women to the House of Representatives in the just-ended general elections.
There are currently five female Members of Parliament.
The Leaders of Government Business in both Houses of Parliament also paid homage to Dr. La Grenade.
Leader of Government Business in the Lower House of Parliament, Public Utilities Minister, Gregory Bowen congratulated Dr. La Grenade on her appointment as Governor General of Grenada.
Senator Kenny Lalsingh who is the Leader of Government Business in the Upper House of Parliament said the Members are convinced that Dr. La Grenade has the potential and capability to perform in the job.
Those who served as Governors General are Sir Leo De Gale from February 7, 1974 to September 30, 1978, Sir Paul Scoon who held the position from September 30, 1978 to August 6, 1992, Sir Reginald Palmer from August 6, 1992 to August 8, 1996, Sir Daniel Williams who served from August 8, 1996 to November 18, 2008, and Sir Carlyle Glean from November 27, 2008 to May 3, 2013.