The First 30


OLIVIA SAUNDERS - is the offspring of unheralded Bahamian patriots and nation-builders. Born in New Providence with ancestors from Eleuthera, Inagua, and Long Island, Olivia was educated in public schools up to the secondary level. She is married to Sydney and they have a daughter Llewellen Jihan. Olivia is an educator, working primarily at The College of The Bahamas and with others in exploring possibilities and ideas for new and better societal infrastructures. Olivia looks forward to a more inspired and involved Bahamian populace coming together and honouring all of our magnificent gifts and talents.
ED FIELDS - is the son of a former police Superintendent and Hotel Cashier. He was born in 1958 at the Princess Margaret Hospital and lived the first half of his life on the Fort (Fincastle) Hill off of East Street and in Boyd Subdivision, Chippingham up until he graduated from Graduate School in 1985.
PHILIP SIMON - is the former Executive Director of The Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and General Manager of Shipston Group Ltd., a diversified international investment holding company. He was born on the island of New Providence with parental roots in Eight Mile Rock, Grand Bahama and Tarpum Bay, Eleuthera.
LESLIE SEALY – was born at home on Peter Street and grew up in Bain Town, Nassau, Bahamas. His mother was Nurse Ursula Sealy for whom Sealy Ward in the Princess Margaret Hospital is named.
JOHN PINDER - was born in Nassau, his early education started at Sandilands Primary School, and L.W. Young Junior. He graduated from R. M. Bailey Senior High School in 1979.
NANCY KELLY is President and CEO of Kelly’s Home Centre Ltd. and President of Nassau Motor Company, is a business visionary with vast experience in retail merchandising. For many years, she has been the main buyer of china, crystal, software, stationery and seasonal products. She graduated from Smith College, Cum Laude with an honors degree in Economics.
NEIL C. ELLIS - is a proud Biminite and former business executive turned pastor. At an early age his oratorical skills catapulted him into the national spotlight and won him a scholarship to attend St. John’s College in Nassau. Having served as president of the College of the Bahamas Union of Students,
JACKSON BURNSIDE - is an Architect, Artist and Designer with broad experience locally and globally. Born in Nassau on East Street, he claims roots in Cat Island, Inagua, Long Cay, Rum Cay, Abaco, Grant’s Town and Bain Town. He is married to Pamela and is the father of two daughters, Ebony and Orchid. He is a graduate of Lincoln University (Pennsylvania) and the Graduate School of Fine Arts of the University
FRANKLYN R. WILSON - grew up in Ross Corner as the youngest of ten children from the union of Stanley and Della Wilson. He attended St. Barnabas Day School, Western Junior & Senior, St. Johns
ORJAN LINDROTH - President of Lindroth Development Company, is a Nassau based community builder whose projects emphasize sustainable architectural patterns as means of addressing modern ecological challenges and preserving local cultural identities.
ANTONIO “TOONS” BUTLER JR - was born on March 8, 1990 on the island of New Providence. He is the second child, and the only son of Antonio Butler Sr., a businessman and Colajean Darville-Butler, an educator/researcher. Currently, a Junior at The College of The Bahamas (COB) pursuing a degree in Economics and Finance, Antonio Jr. serves as President of The College of The Bahamas Union of