Valcina Agatha Ash
Former Parliamentarian, St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Valcina Agatha Ash was a politician and former parliamentarian in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
Born in Layou, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Ash was a schoolteacher there until she married and moved to Barrouallie. There she managed the family business, a retail shop which in still in operation today.
Valcina Ash is a stalwart of the Woman’s Movement in St Vincent and the Grenadines and a standard-bearer of her generation. She was the second woman, the first Vincentian-born woman, and the only woman from the St Vincent Labour Party (SVLP) to become an elected Member of Parliament.
When she became Vice President of the National Council of Women (NCW), Ash began to attract the attention of the leadership of the SVLP. When the country became independent from Great Britain in 1979, Valcina was appointed SVLP senator on 27 October 1979 in the first post-independence parliament under Prime Minister Milton Cato. She continued to serve as a Senator until 15 September 1983.
In 1983, parliamentary representative for Central Leeward A T Woods died while in office; Valcina successfully contested that seat for the SVLP in the by-election, but lost the seat that same year to Herbert Young in the general elections when the New Democratic Party (NDP) swept to victory.