|Senator the Hon. Franka E.R. Alexis‐Bernardine
Current Senator, Grenada
Franka Alexis‐Bernardine is a Grenadian politician, former Cabinet Minister, and current Senator.
Early life and education
Franka Alexis‐Bernardine completed her secondary education at St. Joseph’s Convent, St. George. Thereafter, Mrs. Bernardine pursued studies at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, from 1972 to 1975 and obtained a BSc (General Degree) in Zoology, Chemistry and Botany. She then read at the University College, London, 1975 to 1978, and obtained a MSc Degree in Zoology.
Alexis‐Bernardine served in numerous management, administrative and academic positions in Grenada and the Caribbean. These include: Project Designer, Implementer, Manager of UNFPA/GRENSAVE (1984 to 1998); Executive Director, New Life Organisation. Vocational Training Centre for Youth (1989 to 1993); Chemistry Tutor, Head of Science; Vice Principal at the St. John’s College, The Bahamas (1981 to 1984); Advisor Science and Technology to the Government of Grenada, and Co‐ordinator of Organization of American States Projects in Grenada (1981 to 1985); Teaching Assistant (Zoology) and Assistant Lecturer (Zoology) at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus in Barbados, and also at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, 1978 to 1981. In 2002, Senator Bernardine was appointed by the Government of Grenada as the National Liaison Officer to spearhead the production of Grenada’s Third National Anti‐Drugs Master Plan.
Although not a member of the victorious National Democratic Congress (NDC) that won the general election of 2008, Alexis‐Bernardine was appointed to the Upper House of Parliament as a Senator and Minister of Education and Human Resource Development by Prime Minister Tillman Thomas.
In the 2013 general elections Alexis-Bernadine contested the Town of St George seat, but lost to the New National Party’s Nickolas Steele. She was reappointed to the Senate as an Opposition Senator.
She is contesting the St. George South East seat for the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the 2018 General Election.
Alexis-Bernardine is married and the mother of five children.