Patrick Simmons is an educator who believes that everyone has a right to education appropriate to his/her interest and ability. He has therefore dedicated his life to bringing education to more and more people. It is because the National Democratic Congress identified education as the means of transforming Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique into a developed and progressive society that he joined the Party. He was subsequently persuaded by his constituents to run for Parliament. These same voters have convinced him that he must address several issues when elected, the most pressing being:
- Educational and sporting facilities for the people of the constituency
- Real jobs for the unemployed, particularly the youth
- Prevention of flooding in Grenville
At the national level, he believes that there is a need to curb the rising cost of living, to lower the rates of unemployment and to tackle the problem of youth violence and despair. He feels strongly that a major campaign should be launched to win back the hearts and minds of our young people and to equip them for nation building.
Patrick was born in St. Andrew, attended the St. Andrew’s Anglican Secondary School where he worked as Games Master, Science Teacher and later Principal. He was trained as a Teacher and received higher education at the Cheyney University of Pennsylvania and the University of the West Indies. He specialized in Education and Dietetics. He now works at the T.A Marryshow Community College (TAMCC) in the Teacher's Education Department.
Patrick Simmons believes that sport is an essential tool for organizing, disciplining and motivating young people. He therefore devotes much time and other resources to sporting organizations such as the St. Andrew Football League and the St. Andrew Basketball League.
Patrick is married to Barbara Simmons and they have 5 children aged 11 to 24 years. With their support he is ready to embark on a political career.
As a newcomer to representative politics, Patrick Simmons needs your support. He believes that within the framework of the NDC philosophy and policies, Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique stands its best chance of empowering its people and taking its rightful place in the Caribbean family of nations.