Jennifer Dotson-Isaacs

The Exumas & Ragged Island

Senator The Honurable Ms. Jennifer Isaacs-Dotson Dotson received her instruments of appointment as a Senator on May 22nd, 2017 after the historic victory of the Free National Movement in the 2017 general election.

Senator Isaacs-Dotson has always demonstrated a commitment to public service in The Bahamas; she has served as a member of Cleveland Eneas School Board; Unity Centre of Light Board; the College of The Bahamas College Council; TRIFOR Committee; Health and Safety Board; National Tripartite Committee;  University of The Bahamas Transition Board of Trustees; Bahamas Development Bank Board and served as Chairman of its Human Resources Committee; Vice-President of the Bahamas Volleyball Federation (BVF); Acting President, Vice-President and Secretary of the New Providence Volleyball Association (NPVA); has played volleyball for over thirty years. As an administrator of the sport she has been active in the development of volleyball locally and internationally.

Jennifer has played softball for over thirty years and as an administrator of the sport she has been active in the development of softball locally and internationally. She is the first female Vice-President of the Bahamas Softball Federation. Throughout her sports career, Jennifer was a national team member for field hockey, netball, softball, and volleyball, and Bahamas Games team member for softball and volleyball.

Senator Isaacs-Dotson’s career in trade unionism is indeed historic. She was elected as the first Bahamian Female President of the Caribbean Congress of Labour (CCL) on October 2016. Her career in trade unionism began as a shop steward at the Government High School. She later served as an Executive Officer and Assistant Secretary General of the Bahamas Union of Teachers (BUT) where she served for nineteen (19) years. Moving on to The College of The Bahamas (COB) now University of The Bahamas (UB), she served as the Vice-President External prior to becoming the First Female President of the Union of Tertiary Educators of The Bahamas (UTEB), serving in this office from 2004-2013 and was re-elected as President in 2016. Senator Isaacs-Dotson has served as the General Secretary of the National Congress of Trade Unions of the Bahamas (NCTUB) where she has also served as Trustee, Assistant General Secretary and became the First Female President serving from 2010-2013, as well as the Head (Chair) of the NCTUB Labour College. She has served as the only Bahamian Female to hold the following offices; President, First Vice-President and Second Vice-President of the Caribbean Congress of Labour (CCL), President of the National Congress of Trade Unions of the Bahamas (NCTUB), and President of the Union of Tertiary Educators of the Bahamas (UTEB).

She began her professional career as a Registered Nurse in the Ministry of Health, later transferring to the Ministry of Education as a Trained Teacher and The University of The Bahamas (UB) formerly the College of The Bahamas (COB) as an Associate Professor in the School of Education. She attained a Diploma as a Registered Nurse, a Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Physical Education graduating summa cum laude from Saint Augustine’s College in Raleigh, North Carolina and holds a Master of Science in Physical Education graduating magna cum laude from North Carolina Central University (NCCU) in Durham, North Carolina. She is the first Bahamian female to attain a Master’s Degree in Physical Education. In 2020, she obtained an LLB degree from the University of The Bahamas.

Senator Isaacs-Dotson currently serves as a member of the Apprenticeship Committee, Ministry of Labour, the Project Steering Committee for the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute’s (BTVI) Enhancement Project, the IDB CONSOC Civil Society committee, Council Member, Association Caribbean Tertiary Institutions (ACTI), the National Congress of Trade Unions (NCTUB) Board, the Union of Tertiary Educators of The Bahamas (UTEB) Executive Board, and serves as an Usher and Lay Reader at Saint Matthew’s Anglican Church.

Senator Isaacs-Dotson is the daughter of Edward “Ned” Isaacs the oldest brother of Kendal George Lamont Isaacs (Former Leader of the FNM) and Mary Eugene Blyden, born in Black Point Exuma, both now deceased. She is divorced and the proud parent of one son James Clarke who is married to Shonel Clarke and they have three grandsons, Jamero, Justice and Jaycob Clarke.

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