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Shared values: Gina Spence-Farmer (Photo by Glenn Tucker)
...The Bermuda College's Gina Spence-Farmer was yesterday declared the United Bermuda Party's newest Parliamentary candidate - and she is ready to stand in the next General Election, whenever that may be.
An ,excited, proud and elated, Mrs. Spence-Farmer
was part of the ,renaissance, taking place at the UBP
.,This is about being a voice for those who may feel disenchanted.,The co-curricular activities co-ordinator at the Bermuda College, Mrs. Spence-Farmer has ,deep roots in the community,, UBP Leader Grant Gibbons said yesterday.
has a remarkable life story to tell.She
is one of 13 children and spent most of her
formative years in foster homes.She
is truly a symbol of success in the face of adversity. ,Now she
is a well-known and well-respected figure in the community.Her
commitment to people and her
passion for working with others are obvious to anyone who meets her
shares with the UBP
a special concern for the issues and challenges facing the young people on our Island.She
has demonstrated a tremendous rapport and outreach to young Bermudians through her
TV show, Youth Talk.We're delighted to have her
on board as part of our UBP
team.We're sure that, given the opportunity, she will make a great Member of Parliament.,
,I'm here to serve,, Mrs. Spence-Farmer said. ,I've been encouraged a lot by young people.Their concern is not about which party - we have reached a place in politics where you have to deliver.,The leap into politics is a ,good change,, but a decision she
did not take without much prayer and the full support of her
family.Recently honoured by the Queen in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for her
youth street festivals, drama productions and extensive prison outreach programmes, Mrs. Spence-Farmer's achievements include recognition from Friswell's Hill United for her
work with young people.She
also received a nomination for Woman of the Year 2003, and appointments to the Bermuda Arts Council and the Human Rights Commission
.She is also the vice president of Bermuda Spirit, Bermuda's newest community Christian radio station, and is the founder of Gina Spence Productions (now Gina Spence Productions in Christ).
Married to Charles Farmer, Mrs. Spence-Farmer
has three daughters and one grandson.
The producers are playwright, founder and original producer of the earlier ‘College Commentator' Rotimi Martins and Gina Spence-Farmer, co-curricular activities assistant at the Bermuda College.The duo have been working closely with the students teaching them the vocal tricks of the trade, including voice projection, breathing exercises, ‘A' and ‘B' teams for the first two shows.The two teams will have plenty of friendly rivalry between them, and are collectively focused on their mission to become good at what they do, and thus attract and hold their audiences since they know that Bermudians are tough judges of any entertainment.The venture is a joint partnership between the Bermuda College and the Bermuda Broadcasting Company, whose ultimate hope is that a new crop of Bermudians interested in a career in broadcasting will emerge from it."If our students are serious this will allow them to get involved professionally in the media field, be it doing voice-overs for commercials or hosting a show," Mrs. Spence-Farmer says."Bermuda Broadcasting is looking for talent so this is an opportunity for our students to get involved at a professional level if they choose to do so."The project also fits in with the students' technology and applied science course since everyone must also learn the technical side of radio.Because Mr. Johnson is already studying information technology at the College, he will be training Ms Hall and all of his fellow students in the appropriate areas."We are going to work with computers in the Media room on campus, which involves leaning how to edit our material from the computer to a CD," Mrs. Spence-Farmer says."Modern technology allows us to produce a short, sharper quality programme right here on campus."Each week, all of the students working on ‘New College Commentator' will rotate the responsibilities, including field reporting, on-air announcing, as well as organising, setting up and coordinating interviews."The group is divided into ‘A' and ‘B' teams consisting of a DJ, announcer and technical person, and each team will be responsible for developing a programme format for its one-hour show, so they have to think about how to deal everything from the intro to the wrap-up," Mrs. Spence-Farmer says.
Spence-Farmer focuses on youth ...
Spence-Farmer focuses on youth
Mention the youth of Bermuda and you'll hear Gina Spence-Farmer's
name.Not only is she
synonymous for her
community work, but she
is an embodiment of hard work through difficult times. Mrs. Spence-Farmer was an Opposition Senator in the last Parliament and is challenging PLP incumbent Dale Butler for the Warwick North East seat.
...Mrs. Spence-Farmer was born and raised in Khyber Pass, Warwick and attended the Purvis and Warwick Secondary schools . She was employed as a postal worker for 15 years.
As a child, she
tells of a struggle.
Alcohol abuse was present in her
home and her
reputation is one constructed on grass-roots community activism in Bermuda, according to her
UBP profile. She is the founder and CEO of Gina Spence Productions in Christ and was recently honoured in the Queen's Birthday Honours list for her youth street festivals, drama productions and extensive prison outreach programmes. She is a graduate of Kingdom University and has a certificate in Ministry and Effective Communications.
is pursuing certification in Arts Administration and Performing Arts at New York University
As a member of Better Covenant Christian Fellowship
and the vice president of Bermuda Spirit
1230 radio station, she
keeps herself busy and is actively involved in the community.
"The number one issue in Warwick is crime," she
...Strong mind, soft heart - Gina Spence-Farmer
Senator Gina Spence-Farmer Photo By Akil Simmons
...In the wake of concerns about moving the Child and Adolescent Services to the Mid-Atlantic Wellness Institute, Senator Gina Spence-Farmer has called on Government to fulfil its promise as a starting point for working out what level of facilities are needed.
wants to see a tidying up of a muddle of legislation relating to children in care, including anomalies such as skewed punishment levels between those who reveal the identity of a registered child abuser compared to those who actually commit child abuse.Currently a person who abuses or neglects a child can be fined $3,000 or be sent to prison for six months, yet a person who without permission reveals the identity of a registered child abuser can be fined $5,000 or be imprisoned for a year.United Bermuda Party Sen.Spence-Farmer
has been vocal in raising the concerns of parents and medical professionals regarding the decision to move Child and Adolescent Services from King Edward VII Memorial Hospital
said: "The concern is still security.This new space at MAWI needs to have some cameras in the outside areas as well as inside."She
said places outside the secure new premises, such as parking lots, was an issue.The lack of town hall and public meetings before the decision was made had been wrong and the UBP
senator wanted to know if the moving the facility to MAWI was to be a short-term solution or would now be the permanent home for the unit until the new hospital is built sometime in the next 15 years.Pointing out that the yearly reports on children in care had not been forthcoming since being included in the 1998 Children's Act, she
said: "The Government has not implemented fully this most important piece of the Act.The reports would help in the making of decisions and knowing what we need to do to move forward."A scattering of statistics here and there on teenage pregnancy and crime levels and children living in poverty were no substitute for a comprehensive annual report on the whole picture, said Sen.Spence-Farmer, who is the UBP's spokeswoman for children's issues.She
said the 2004 report on Ageing in Bermuda by Fordham University
had provided invaluable data on the plight of seniors and helped identify areas needing attention.That is the type of report the Senator feels needs to be done for children and particularly children in care.Having seen the plans for the new child care facility at MAWI, Sen.Spence-Farmer
said: "It has a play area and a garden, technically what they have on paper is an excellent plan.But if people do not take their children there what is the point?"The fear that children could be stigmatised by association because they have been placed at a facility connected with MAWI is one reason why parents and older children may decide not to use the unit, she
A Limey In Bermuda: Politics, Local
While I have a certain amount of sympathy for the UBP's newest Senator, Gina Spence-Farmer, I hope she's not planning to turn up to the Senate at 4.15pm every week.
Jon Brunson and Gina Spence-Farmer
are asking for Bermuda's
young people to include them in their activities.
"Invite us to your youth nights, your meetings, your performances, anything," Mrs. Spence-Farmer