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Cynthia Forde is a Barbadian politician and former member of Cabinet.

Early life and education

Cynthia Yvonne Forde was born on 1 March 1952, she was educated at the Modern High School and Erdiston Teacher Training College. She is also a graduate of the Licentiate College of Preceptors.

She has also pursued courses in Early Children Education in Israel, the Barbados Institute of Management and Productivity and in Industrial Relations in Washington, D.C.


Her work experience includes that of a cashier for one year and of a primary school teacher for 25 years.

She is a member of the Progressive Credit Union Ltd., the Association of Friends of Gordon Cummins District Hospital, Holy Innocents’ Church Council, St. Thomas Community Independence Committee. She is a member and former executive member of the Barbados Union of Teachers and is currently 1st Vice Chairman of the Barbados Labour Party.

At the community level she has been an adviser to the St. Thomas Festival Committee, the co-ordinator of Woman Against Poverty, an ex-officio member of the Cane Garden Neighbourhood Watch, the Central Relief Organisation, a leader of the Barbados Boys’ Scouts, the Girl Guides’ and President of the Parent-Teacher Association of The Alleyne School. In addition, she was secretary of Sharon Primary PTA.

Forde was Senator and Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Youth Affairs & Culture in 1994 to 2001. In September 2001, she was elected in a by-election to serve as the Member of Parliament for the constituency of St. Thomas, on a Barbados Labour Party (BLP) ticket. In 2001, she joined the Cabinet as Minister of State in the Ministry of Education Youth Affairs and Sport, a position that she held until 2008.

Forde was reelected to the Barbados House of Assembly in the 2008 and 2013 General Elections.

Outside of politics, Forde’s record of voluntary service includes work with the Scouts and Brownies as well as Friends of the Gordon Cummins District Hospital. She was a Synod Representative of the Anglican Diocese from 1997-2009 as well as being the Superintendent of the Holy Innocent Sunday School. Forde was also a member of the Sharon Parent Teacher Association and was President of the Alleyne School Parent Teacher Association for five years.

Personal Life

Forde is the mother of a son and grandmother of four children.