Sis. Lloyquita Symonds is a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers having received a Masters Degree in Social Work from Boston College. For the past 16 years she has been employed by the Bermuda Government as a Social Worker at the Department of Corrections.
Sis. Lloyquita is not only a public servant but a trade unionist. She has participated in labour relations training programs and has almost 15 years of Union experience at various levels Sis. Lloyquita is very active in the Union and has represented BPSU at numerous conferences both locally and overseas. She serves on negotiating teams and in the past she has served as Chair of the BPSU Public Relations Committee and as a member on the Education Committee.
In November 2013, she completed a three year developmental program through Public Services International where she conducted research, completed position papers and made presentations on Privatization, Good Governance, Collective Bargaining and Trade Union Renewal. Sis. Lloyquita is an alumnus of the Canada - Caribbean Emerging Leaders Dialogue Program.
In 2005 Sis. Lloyquita was the recipient of a BPSU Delegates' Award in recognition of her commitment to professionalism and the advancement of workers’ rights as she was a member of a small group of Medical Social Workers and Union Officers who were suspended from King Edward Hospital for organizing a peaceful protest against hospital management.
Sis. Lalisha Simmons
1st Vice President
Sis. Lalisha Simmons had devoted 14 years to the Civil Service within the Customs Department. She is currently a Senior Customs Officer and has been a Shop Steward for Division 1 for 8 years, holding the positions of Assistant Secretary and Chairperson.
The importance of trade unionism was instilled in Sis. Lalisha as a teenager as she observed her uncle, Bro. Ottiwell Simmons, advocating for Bermuda's workers. Following his lead, she has continued to advocated for the rights of Bermuda's workers.
Within the BPSU, Sis. Lalisha has served as an active member of the Community Outreach Committee, the Education Committee and Chairperson of the Future Leader's Committee.
A quote Sis. Lalisha lives by is, "True leaders always practice the three R's: Respect for self, Respect for others, Responsibility for all their actions". She believes in a voice for all to bring about solidarity.
Sis. Linda Bogle-Mienzer
2nd Vice President
Sis. Linda Bogle-Mienzer is a daughter of the soil who has worked at the Bermuda Police Service for the past 19 years as a Station Duty Officer.
She served as Shop Steward for the SDO since 2003 after the untimely death of SDO Gladys Saunders. Despite the unexpected start to her union career, she has steadily moved up the ranks to her current position of 2nd Vice President.
Along the way she has travelled extensively for the Union and currently holds the position of LGBTQ representative for Public Services International Caribbean Sub-region.
She prides herself in being a strong unionist and a voice for the workers. She can be seen throughout the workshops in her bowties and hats mingling with the membership at every opportunity.
In her spare time she's a keen cricket and tennis enthusiast. A huge fan of social media, her mantra is "Live Peeps Live, Don't Just Exist".
Bro. Robin Minors
3rd Vice President
Bro. Robin Minors is currently the 3rd V.P. of the BPSU. He sits as the Building Committee Chair and is a former member of the P.R. Committee. He has attended Shop Steward training through summer school. He has also had training in Negotiations through the DHR and has attended CPSA with the BPSU.
Bro. Minors is a Certified Power Engineer at the Tynes Bay Incinerator. He has worked there for 16 years. Before this, Bro. Minors worked at Marine & Ports as a Engine Driver / Relief Pilot for 6 years.
Bro. Minors started his Trade Unionism as a Shop Steward with the BIU. He became a Chief Shop Steward as a Ferry Operator at M&P. In this role he sat on the team that negotiated for the BIU with the Bermuda Government.
As the 3rd V.P. for BPSU, he is responsible for Div. 3, Div. 8, Div. 9 and Div. 10. He looks forward to working closely with the Chair Persons of each respective Division. He also looks forward to representing the entire Membership as an Executive Member.
Sis. Nadine Henry, JP
Sis. Nadine Henry is the Senior Youth Services Development Officer for the Department of Youth, Sport and Recreation. Formerly a Social Studies teacher, Sis. Nadine transferred within the public service in 2006 to become a Community Education and Development Programme Coordinator. Shortly after she joined the BPSU and became a Shop Steward for the Department of Community and Cultural Affairs.
Sis. Nadine was an involved unionist having served previously as the Division 7 Secretary, member of the BPSU - Government Negotiation Team, member of the Young Workers Committee (now Future Leaders) and Chair of the BPSU Women’s Committee. She has represented the BPSU overseas, presenting in Women’s Forums and served as the Education Chairperson for the Caribbean Public Services Association.
Sis. Nadine considers herself a servant of fellow mankind therefore she easily aligns herself with defending the rights of workers.
Sis. Nadine’s mantra is, “Service is the rent we pay for being. It is the very purpose of life, and not something you do in your spare time.” Marian Wright Edleman
Sis. Shakia Smith
Assistant Recording Secretary
Unionism has been something that was etched into my soul from a very young age. Marching in annual Labour Day parades and partaking in the weekend celebrations were something I looked forward to.
Watching the unionists of the day fight for equality for all, during a time when our people didn’t have the loudest voice in the Country, is something I’ll forever be grateful for. So, it was only right that once the opportunity afforded itself, I became more involved.
Prior to this appointment, I was a Shop Steward for Division 1 (Customs Department) since 2013 and held the post of Secretary for the past four years. I hope to continue to assist in highlighting the importance of the Union and continuing the legacy set forth by our forefathers.
Onward and Upward Together!
Bro. Edward G. Ball Jr., JP, LLB, FCMI
Bro. Edward G. Ball Jr. joined the Bermuda Public Services Union in November 1980. Bro. Ball served as a Shop Steward, Divisional Chairperson for Division 5 – Bermuda Hospitals Board, and served in all Vice-Presidents’ positions before being elected President in March 1988.
During his tenure as President, Bro. Ball was instrumental in the formation of the Union’s Women’s Committee and spearheaded many educational forums to enlighten the membership on matters such as the Human Rights Act 1981, What Makes News and Drug Testing in the Workplace, Pension Reform, Health & Safety, member of the drafting team for workers for the Employment Act 2000, etc.
As a Trade Unionist, Bro. Ball oversees all Negotiation Teams, Arbitrations, Governmental Boards, etc. His day to day responsibility is to assist in setting policy for the Union.
He sat as member of the Economic Forum, the Base Lands Development Corporation (BLDC), the Immigration Board and the reform of the Workers Education, Long Term Residency Policy, Appeals Board, Bermuda Social Insurance, Labour Advisory Council, the Public Services Superannuation Board and Government Employees Health Insurance to name a few.