| Marie-Josephine Mara Thompson
Former Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly of Barbados
Marie-Josephine Mara, nee Giraudy, is a Barbadian politician and the widow of late Prime Minister David Thompson of Barbados.
Early life and education
Mara Thompson was born in St Lucia on 4 October 1961 to Monica and Henry Giraudy.
Her early education was at St Joseph’s Convent in Castries. From 1979 to 1983 Mara continued her studies at the University of Western Ontario in Canada where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in physical education. Later, she attended Howard University in Washington DC from 1986 to 1988 and gained a Master of Science degree in physical education. Mara also studied at the Barbados Community College from 2005 to 2007 and obtained a certificate in paralegal education.
Mrs. Thompson taught physical education from 1986 to 2005 at several institutions – the Owl School, Washington DC, Immaculate Conception High & Prep Schools in Kingston, Jamaica, Castries Comprehensive Secondary School, St Lucia, Christ Church Foundation School and Combermere School.
As a paralegal, she has worked at her late husband’s law firm, Thompson & Associates.
Thompson has served as Member of Parliament for St. John, Barbados since 2011; and Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly of Barbados since 2013.
She did not seek re-election in the 24 May 2018 General Election.
Mrs. Thompon has three daughters – Misha, Oya, and Osa-Marie.
Her hobbies include playing tennis, golfing, swimming, cycling and jogging. She enjoys cricket, reading and listening to music.