Dame Eusalyn Lewis
Mrs. Joselyn Maudlyn Eusalyn Lewis nee Samuel was born in All Saints Village, Antigua, West Indies. She attended the All Saints Government School and the Antigua Girls’ High School from 1958-1963. Mrs. Eusalyn Lewis considers herself a career civil servant. She has held positions of Graduate Teacher, Principal- Secondary School, Senior Education Officer, Deputy Chief Education Officer and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Chief Establishment Officer/ Permanent Secretary Civil Services and was appointed the country’s first female Secretary to the Cabinet in 2004.
At the time of her appointment, Mrs. Lewis had been a Member of the British Empire (MBE) awarded in 2000 by her Majesty the Queen’s New Year’s Honours for her contribution to Education. She has been widely recognized by groups and organizations across Antigua and Barbuda for her work with the youth and has served as the Chairman of the National Scouts Association for approximately eight (8) years.
She continues to serve as an Executive Member of that organization. She was educated at the University of the West Indies – Mona Campus, 1965-1968 and pursued career related courses at the University of Western Ontario in 1973 and at Harvard University in 1992. She has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Caribbean Centre for Public Administration (CARICAD) on several occasions and is currently Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Gilbert Agricultural and Rural Development Centre (GARDC) – a non-profit organization dedicated to the self-development and economic independence of youth and women. She has represented the Government of Antigua and Barbuda in a variety of fora locally, regionally and internationally.
In January 2008, Mrs. Lewis was promoted to be an Officer of the British Empire (OBE) for outstanding Public Services.
Mrs. Lewis is married to Bernard T. Lewis and she is a local pastor in the Methodist Church.
Mrs Lewis was appointed as the country’s second Ombudsman in November 2006 and is the first female to hold this position.