Former teacher appointed ombudsman

The Upper House of Parliament on Monday moved a resolution to appoint Dr Marion Blair as the new ombudsman.

Dr Blair, of Seaview Farm, is a former educator and a former director of the National Archives of Antigua & Barbuda.

Leader of Government’s Business in the Senate, Lennox Weston piloted the resolution.

The former educator taught English Language, English Literature, Health Science, Civics and West Indian History at All Saints Secondary School from 1973 to 1975.

She also spent 18 years at Princess Margaret Secondary School.

Dr Blair, 61, holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, specialising in History: African, West Indian, European, North and South American.

She also holds a Diploma in Education, Doctor of Philosophy, West African Studies, from the University of Birmingham, England.

The post of ombudsman became vacant when the holder of the office, Eusalyn Lewis, retired November 21, 2014.

The function of the ombudsman is to investigate any complaint relating to any decision or recommendation made or any act done or omitted by any officer of the government or a statutory body, in any case in which a member of the public claims to be aggrieved, or appears to the ombudsman to have sustained injustice as a result of the exercise of the administrative function of that officer or body.

Dr Blair’s term of office shall be for a period of 10 years or until she attains the age 70 years, which ever first occurs.