Pakesia Sonia Parker-Edgecombe

West Grand Bahama and Bimini

A product of West Grand Bahama, Pakesia Parker-Edgecombe was raised by her single mother, Cora A. Wilson, and grandmother, Irene Parker- Rolle.  To this day Parker- Edgecombe remains embedded in her hometown, where she currently resides in Deadman’s Reef’s quaint community.  Her education came as a result of her enrollment at the Holmes Rock Primary School under the tutelage of deceased educator Walter Parker, Sr.  Having made her education a top priority, she obtained her diploma from the Eight Mile Rock High School, where she served as the school’s Deputy Head- Girl and leader among peers.

After graduating from the Eight Mile Rock High School in 1991, Pakesia worked hard at Shell Bahamas in Grand Bahama to raise the funds to attend college.  A determined student, Pakesia earned both a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications/Broadcast Journalism and a master’s degree in Public Administration, both with honours.

Parker-Edgecombe’s career path resulted in fifteen distinguished years as a journalist, where she simultaneously served as both a news anchor and reporter at the Broadcasting Corporation of the Bahamas

Parker-Edgecombe is an advocate in the promotion of literacy, volunteerism, and possesses a strong passion for the advancement of people at all ages, especially in education and entrepreneurship.

Parker- Edgecombe’s historic win in the Bahamas’ General Election of 2017, made her the first female Member of Parliament for West Grand Bahama and Bimini.

She currently serves as the Minister of Disaster Preparedness, Management and Reconstruction. She formerly served as the Parliamentary Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister for Information and Communications and Lands and Survey. 

Under Parker-Edgecombe’s leadership and her belief of being “the MP for All”, she has helped to empower her constituents.  Since being elected in 2017, Parker- Edgecombe has invested in her constituents’ lives by making financial assistance available for educational expenses, social and medical aid, small business startups, cleanup initiatives, and home repairs.  Among the programs introduced in the West Grand Bahama and Bimini Constituency are A Hand For The Elderly for senior citizens, Where There’s A Will, There’s An A for students, and Licensed to Succeed for new and existing businesses.

As the current Member of Parliament for West Grand Bahama and Bimini, Parker-Edgecombe has been heralded by her constituents and colleagues for her decisive leadership amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

Parker-Edgecombe’s strong work ethic and natural ability to see the positive in all situations has led to her becoming a household name throughout The Commonwealth of the Bahamas. She is loved by many, especially her husband Trevor Edgecombe and their two children, Trevor Jr and Tasanee.

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