Jeanne Atherden, JP, CA

CONSTITUENCY 19, PEMBROKE WEST

EMAIL:jatherden@oba.bm | 294.3219

Jeanne Atherden was raised in Pembroke West and still has family there. She attended the Berkeley Institute and in her youth spent summers on the hill in Sunset Pass. Jeanne’s exposure to community involvement and politics came at an early age as both her parents, Erskine and Pearl Adderley, sat on numerous boards and her mother, Pearl Adderley, ran for parliament in 1968.

Returning to Bermuda after graduation from McGill University, she began to make her own community contributions, which included serving on the Board of
Governors of the Bermuda College, becoming President of the Harrington Sound PTA and joining the Education Planning Team (EPT) in order to help shape a new direction for education. An avid sportsperson she played netball, volley ball and golf and she served as President of the Bermuda Netball Association and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of St. George’s Golf Course. Her contributions
were recognized in her selection as one of Bermuda’s Two Outstanding Young Persons.

Appointed a Senator in 2008, she also became a member of the Parliamentary Joint Select Committee on Education.
In 2009, Jeanne served as one of the six members appointed by the Governor to sit on the Boundaries Commission.

A wife and mother of two daughters, and a chartered accountant, she is deeply concerned about the future of the island. She believes that the serious social and economic challenges Bermuda faces are best solved by being more inclusive plus getting more women involved in public service.

Jeanne has a strong belief that a good education is the key for young Bermudians to a wider range of jobs and new
opportunities. She believes that public education reform to date has not been as fast and effective as the problem warrants. She feels that much more must be done to give young Bermudians the skills and training they need to compete for good jobs.

Biography

“I want Bermuda to succeed again. I want it to do better for its people. But we need change to make it happen.”

A proponent of open government, Jeanne strives for fairness and believes the people of this country must be respected by their government and not taken for granted. Essential to this is electing representatives who will follow “the money” to make sure the public purse is respected.

Jeanne believes that working together we can do more and encourages everyone to get involved, especially women. She has served as a member of the Executive and President of OWIT, an organization to promote women in international trade for several years, and mentored many young women as they climbed the corporate ladder.

On the political front she was appointed a Senator in 2008 where she served for three years. At the time of her resignation from the Senate, Jeanne was the Opposition Leader in the Senate and the Shadow Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry and is currently Deputy Chairman of the OBA. Jeanne is a Vice-President of Paragon Brokers (Bermuda) Ltd. She is also Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Hotel Pension Fund and Deputy Chairman of KeyTech Limited. Upon graduating from McGill University in Montreal with a Bachelor of Commerce, she obtained a Chartered Accountant designation.

Growing up in the Pembroke West area, Jean recalls her early years there, spending many hours playing up on the hill in Sunset Pass, swimming in Deep Bay and picnicking at “Pontoons”. A very active member of the community, she was the 2011 PGA Grand Slam of Golf Admissions Chairperson and served as RBT Education Awards Committee Chairman, as well as a member of The Bank of Bermuda Youth Development Sub Committee. She is married, has two daughters and one grandson and is an avid golfer.

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