Guibion Ferdinand was born in Desruisseaux, St. Lucia, where he has resided all his life. He received his early education from Miss Urisa James’ Pre-school in Desruisseaux in 1977 and from the Desruisseaux Combined School from 1978 to 1885. He attended the Castries Comprehensive Secondary School from1985 to 1990 where he attained his high school education. At age 17 he began working with community groups, sports clubs and the local Catholic Church, where he rendered voluntary service. During that period, Ferdinand worked as a teacher at the Blanchard Combined School located in his community. After serving for 10 years at the primary school, Ferdinand pursued and successfully completed a Bachelor of Education (Hons) Degree in Educational Administration from the University of the West Indies (Cave Hill) as well as an Executive Diploma in School Management from the Institute of Business in Trinidad and Tobago. He subsequently obtained a Master’s Degree in Education and Innovation from the University of South Wales (UK). Ferdinand served as principal of the Micoud Secondary School from 2006 until he entered the political arena in 2016.
Throughout his professional career, Ferdinand continued to provide community service and leadership in youth and sports for over 25 years, for which he received St. Lucia’s national award for “Football Administrator of the Year” in 2013. His several roles included President of the Desruisseaux Youth & Sports Council and President of the Football League, FIFA Regional Instructor in Administration & Management, and cricket coach. Ferdinand is still an active cricketer, volleyball player and coach.
Despite his active professional life and community work, Ferdinand remains a committed family man. Aside from being an eldest child who helped his parents raise his younger siblings, this husband and father of three, continues to mentor and provide support for his immediate and extended family.
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