The Government of Dominica has accorded the late Gertrude Roberts (nee Jno-Baptiste), an official funeral on Saturday, November 23, 2019. The Government has declared Saturday, November 23, 2019 an official day of mourning as a mark of respect for the former Government Minister.
The Dominican Flag shall be flown at half-staff on all public buildings in the State on the day of mourning, Saturday, November 23, 2019.
Mrs. Gertrude Roberts served as Minister for Community Development and Women’s Affairs from June, 1995 to January, 2000. She was elected Parliamentary Representative for the Morne Jaune/ Riviere Cyrique Constituency in the 1990 general elections, serving for three consecutive terms until her retirement from elective politics in 2005.
Mrs. Gertrude Roberts attended the Delices Primary School. In 1952 she obtained her Teacher’s Certificate and was appointed Qualified Assistant Teacher and assigned to the Grand Fond Primary School. By 1955, Mrs. Roberts was made Acting Principal of the Grand Fond Primary School being appointed full-time to the position in 1957.
The late Gertrude Roberts obtained a Teacher’s Training Certificate from the Leeward Islands Teachers Training College in Antigua in 1959. From 1965 to 1966, Mrs. Roberts pursued a certificate in Educational Studies from the University of New Castle Upon Tyne in the United Kingdom.
Beyond teaching Mrs. Gertrude Roberts was deeply involved in community life. She served as Choir Director of the St. Alphonsus Senior Choir as well as Coordinator of the National Council of Women
The late Gertrude Roberts affectionately known as Teacher Gertrude was born on September 16, 1930 and passed away on November 6, 2019. She was 92. She is survived by her children, Gweneth, Brendalyn, Brenda, Bertillia, Gretta and Brian.
His Excellency the President Charles A. Savarin and Mrs. Savarin, Prime Minister the Honourable Roosevelt Skerrit, Speaker of the House Honourable Alix Boyd-Knights, Government Ministers and Officials, and members of the Diplomatic Corps are expected to attend the Official Funeral of Mrs. Gertrude Roberts.
The Official Funeral will be held at the Grand Fond Roman Catholic Church on Saturday, November 23, 2019 from 10:30am. Viewing will take place from 9:30am. The late Gertrude Roberts will be laid to rest at the Rosalie Roman Catholic Cemetery.