Alfred says she’s the change that the Castle Bruce constituency needs

Octavia “Teacher Bonnie” Alfred at her launching ceremony

Octavia “Teacher Bonnie” Alfred is confident that she will win the Castle Bruce Constituency seat for the Dominica Labour Party (DLP) in the next general election.

“I am going to win this election with you and for you, Castle Bruce. I am going to win because of my plans, the Labour Party plans for the community. I am going to win because the Dominica Labour Party is a superior organization; Labour has proven we can handle any crisis,” Alfred told supporters during her launch at Castle Bruce on Sunday, May 19, 2019. “I am going to win because our leader, the Honourable Roosevelt Skerrit, has the capacity to lead. I am going to win because you gave me to the Dominica Labour Party, because you trust me, and you know me, because I have always been there with you.”

She continued, “I am going to win because over the years, we have worked together and gotten exceptional results. I am going to win because I am the best person to lead Castle Bruce at this time. I am going to win because the country is at a critical point in its development and we cannot put it in the hands of people who cannot even be a good opposition.”

Both the DLP and the UWP are promoting change as part of their platforms for the general election. The 19-year old Skerrit-led DLP administration, in February this year, announced a DLP slate with thirteen new candidates who the prime minister described as the “fresh faces of change in Dominican politics.”  Lennox Linton, who became UWP leader in 2013, is promoting his UWP Team Dominica as the only “real change” option. 

The DLP’s Alfred says she is the change that the Castle Bruce constituency needs at this time.

“I am going to win because I know the people of Castle Bruce. The Castle Bruce constituency, like those all around Dominica, wants the work they see around them to continue and they will vote for me because I represent the Dominica Labour Party, the only party who has a serious vision to improve the lives of all families in Dominica,” she declared.

“Teacher Bonnie” as Alfred is called, also expressed confidence in her leader, Prime Minister Skerrit describing him as having the “true mark of a leader” who has the willingness to stick with a bold course of action and a unique development road map. She said that in the era of  hyper competition and non-stop disruption, attacks and criticism, “honourable Roosevelt Skerrit stands for Dominica and Dominicans”.

As her contribution to the DLP’s development road map with specific regard to the Castle Bruce constituency, Alfred said she will continue to build infrastructure and increase enterprise and economic activities in the constituency. She said she also intends to continue to build values such as tolerance, compassion, pride, respect for democracy and taking ownership for community activities, programmes and projects.

“I will be accountable, approachable and accessible,” she promised.

Parliamentary representative for the Castle Bruce Constituency, Johnson Drigo, who has been replaced by Alfred as the DLP candidate, described her as honest, very generous and a listener.

Chairperson of the Castle Bruce Village Council, Angelica Gasper also expressed her support for Alfred, stating  “one good representative deserves another good one,” in apparent reference to former candidate Drigo,

To those who say that Alfred is too churchy and polite to be a politician, the new Labour candidate responded with a question, “Is it a weakness for a political candidate to listen, to care, to love, to share, to be honest and serve well?      I may be churchy, polite and holy; I may be sensitive, considerate and honest; I may be caring, but my friends, you know, I know how to fight for the rights and priorities we hold so dear in ensuring that all our families are comfortable”.

Alfred, who is originally from the village of Good Hope, will face fellow educator Ernie Lawrence-Jno Finn, also from Good Hope, whenever the election which is constitutionally due in May 2020, is called.

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27 Comments

  1. Going all out
    May 23, 2019

    Teacher Bonnie its me again, When your leader called the opposition Boggy, old transport and old soup, how many of your team members told him he should have not said so??? did you in all honesty tell him he should appologise for disrespecting the opposition??? is this what you call good leadership, have you intended to stand against your leader when he does wrong??? why didn’t you on the stage of your launching condemn the utterance of your leader ?? if you are whom you claim to be you will openly speak against evil, come out there and appoligise to the opposition on behalf of your leader, openly tell him that you will not stand on his platform when he speak bad of other politicians or other people. If you do that, then and only then you will be the change for the constituents other than that he took of Drigo and he put you (Dricome) same difference

  2. Going all out
    May 23, 2019

    Teacher Bonnie can you tell me what did Johnson Drigo do wrong why skerro changed him and put you??? Can you tell me why Skerro changed all his other cabinet members??? Remember he was saying better things about them than he is saying about you now. for your information he used them to his advantage and kicked them out the door. you are no match for skerrit you cant stop his bad ways you cannot influence him in any way from the evil he is unleashing on this country right in your eyes, any one seeing Skerrit as good, is more evil than he is and today thats where you find comfort? I am very dissapointed in you. you have disgraced the principle of your pastor husband, you have disgraced the principle of the church. Many times Christians wonder why churches dont grow but with you and other disgracefull people who will wine and dine with evil doers causes God’s love to move against the church.

  3. Petite Soufriere for Teacher Ernie
    May 23, 2019

    What is there about this woman to be compared to Mr. Linton? Is it because he was not bought? Is it because he doesn”t boast how much money he is getting on the backs of the poor people of Castle bruce? Is it because he is not uncouth? Is it because he doesn”t tell lies? Is it because he is not using his going to church as a way to get Castle bruce people to vote for him?

    Tell that woman the Castle Bruce, good hope( only now she know good hope people), Petite Soufriere, San sauveur, Tranto and Mopo will be voting Teacher Ernie. Someone should do a survey on that woman and find out who she really is.

    Francine deserves how Mr. Linton quietly shut her up. She should show respect and stop being a puppet on a string.

  4. Mr. Nobody
    May 23, 2019

    Anything is better than LENNOX LINTON. He cannot be compared to Teacher Bonnie. He is of a way lower class intellectually, spiritually, temperamentally etc. Was this the LENNOX LINTON the UWP followers envision as the future leader of DOMINICA? How shameful and disrespectful his angry outburst on Francine Baron. The more I listen to LENNOX LINTON the more convinced I am that he should N-E-V-E-R be given the opportunity to lead this beloved country. ELAS!!! Linton is a LIABILITY to the UWP and not an asset though many do think that he is the latter without the last two letters.

  5. time has told
    May 22, 2019

    laughable. First it was Noreen, then Drigo, then you? How much ineffective change is needed? Skerrit that running alllll constituency. You all just bark and fetch whenever he commands. That is common knowledge. Castle Bruce has been a waste of productive agricultural land. Now you put your monstrosity right on the playing field. No account for public events and how the proximity will affect the residents etc. who cannot hear will feel. Enjoy it. That all you voting for in any case.

  6. Ibo France
    May 22, 2019

    Look irony, a government in office for twenty years referring to themselves as the agent of change. Laughable! Can a leopard change its spots? Re-electing this failed party with the same inept leadership means more suffering, more poverty, more victimization, more corruption, more division, more backwardness, more struggles, more travel woes, more trips overseas for medical attention. Dominicans have been deprived of modern sporting, recreational, entertainment and shopping facilities. No wonder so many Dominicans develop so many maladies. Bonnie, you are just mouthing empty promises from a scrip that was prepared for you.

  7. May 22, 2019

    Alfred ascended professionally quickly in the last 9 years but Dominica descended.

  8. What change
    May 21, 2019

    My lady you cannot convince anyone . Politics is not for you.
    You don’t even look like a politician.

  9. Ibo France
    May 21, 2019

    For twenty consecutive years your party did virtually nothing with the same misleader you have now, what change can you offer? The country needs real change nothing cosmetic. Your party has set back Dominica into a bygone era of darkness. Dominica has the lowest of everything good and the highest of everything bad.
    HIGHEST: poverty rate, unemployment, underemployment, infirm people, malnourished children, vagrancy, child molestation, etcetera.
    LOWEST: wages, pension, infrastructural developments, productivity, capital investments, etcetera.
    The place needs an injection of fresh governance, with fresh ideas, to freshen up the country. Only the Blue Tidal Wave can do that at this point in time.

  10. %
    May 21, 2019

    But all you know that Skerrit is a clown? The man turning and spinning around on stage like a headless chicken in CastleBruce, asking for the bell to ring/announce election date, while supporters are leaving his lousy,nonsensical and idiotic speech. He said nothing of substance.Absolutely nothing!! This man is shameless, buggy, a left over soup really that is politically cornered.
    Skerrit Must Go
    Skerrit Must Go
    LAZY Skerrit Must Go Now

  11. May 21, 2019

    Omg d lady just throw Johno under d bus: when you go back to school ask the kindergarten children to analyze your statement. Skerrit say you smart and I believe him. Teacher you know what you just said? DLP is and was the problem in the constituency; boy look roro and Jhonno clap wee. Old buggy- a cold soup.

  12. shrewd
    May 21, 2019

    Teacher Bonnie you taught me that change is an act or process by which something becomes different. The meaning of change has not changed. When we the people of Dominica say we want CHANGE, we are not talking about a change of candidate to represent us, but a change of government, real change, so the act or process by which a government changes is to remove the leader or whoever is associated with the government. You are not the change but the same old stale soup that’s been there for almost twenty years.

    • May 24, 2019

      Change do not start from the bottom it must start from the top within the party so why do you believe that you will be able to change the top what do you have that is different from those that we let go, it’s up to the people who call for change will make the change .

  13. bayfront
    May 21, 2019

    can someone ask drigo for me how this woman generous? what is she giving to make her generous? you working as a teacher and principal is not voluntary. my name is Bonnie and I like Monie.

    I hope we will be able to write the word monie after the election.

  14. bayfront
    May 21, 2019

    if you churchy, well satan churchy too. he knows the scriptures better than you. didn’t your pastor husband tell you that. we all in castle bruce go to church. stop that crap.

  15. Channel 1
    May 21, 2019

    Must be CHANGE – ROUNDABOUT STYLE that Teacher Bonnie is referring to ie start in one place and end back up at the same starting point.

    STEEEEEEUUUUUUUUUUUUUPPPPPPPPPPSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!

    #Dr-HiFU_fool-you

    #VOTE_REAL-CHANGE-UWP

  16. Dominica needs us!
    May 21, 2019

    why these people think Dominicans are so stupid? you mean they discarded drigo and because he doesnt have the balls like St Jean he is there talking. Drigo would not have been replaced if he was good, so how a good candidate deserved to be replaced by another, what a comparison. Everyone in the country knows they discarded Drigo.

  17. Ibo France
    May 21, 2019

    Anyone who associate him/her self with Skerrit and the DLP has no moral values, is corruptible and ethically challenged. He totally ignored the constitution of his party and handpicked malleable candidates. Skerrit rules over a Me, Myself and I party. It’s more of the same if he manage, by some miracle, to win the next election. Skerrit, Bonnie and all the other candidates of the DLP should be flogged with your votes on Election Day.

  18. %
    May 21, 2019

    You are the change from a $200 000 note?
    I know that! So called educated idiots be just regugitating foolishness.
    Skerrit Must Go
    Skerrit Must Go
    LAZY Skerrit Must Go Now

  19. viewsexpressed
    May 21, 2019

    Bonnie, where have you been these past 20 years while our country has been ruined by the most & worse corrupt Labour government. Worse and incompetent Prime (Odd) Minister, Your failed immature Skerrit. What on earth has got you there? I strongly request you to go read your bible and have your husband assist you in understanding the language referred in the bible as “Thou shall not steal.” Are you aware of this or is it no longer recognised by your bible stalwarts. Skerrit has reduced our Castle Bruce, Tranto etc to the bottonless pit, what on earth are you gonna do? Sing corrupt Skerrit`s blasphemous dirty devilsih songs? Our Castle Bruce has been taken for granted. Where is the fish and agricuture we knew of. Skerrit does not care, he is out their a rich man, sell our prize passports to nefarouois thieving voleurs and you find out that this corrupt man is the company you need to be with? Well, madam, show us your company, we tell you who you are? Wrong corrupt company.
    UWP Yes!

  20. viewsexpressed
    May 21, 2019

    Octavia, Shame on you write this nonesense lies, deception on social media. You are devoted christian from Castlre Bruce. You pray God for decency in politics and you end up in this corrupt, deceitedful camp of Skerrit telling us that things are ok? Where have you been lady? All you kick out Johno and now you praising a man Skerrit who has failed. You trust Skerrit, as this devoted christian?
    “I am going to win this election with you and for you, Castle Bruce. I am going to win because of my plans, the Labour Party plans for the community. I am going to win because the Dominica Labour Party is a superior organization; Labour has proven we can handle any crisis,” Alfred told supporters during her launch at Castle Bruce on Sunday, May 19, 2019. “I am going to win because our leader, the Honourable Roosevelt Skerrit, has the capacity to lead. I am going to win because you gave me to the Dominica Labour Party, because you trust me, and you know me, because I have always been there with…

  21. Trust Me
    May 21, 2019

    Skerrit, call the Election fast eh :-?
    As if i tired with the RORO ting everyday in my head :cry:

  22. Change we Need!
    May 21, 2019

    It is well known that change begins at the top (the head). The head (leader) leads and the body follows. With Skerrit at the head we all know it is going to be business as usual. True change will only be realized when the leader is willing to change.
    Good luck teacher Bonnie! Your task to bring change is not going to be an easy one. Bend those knees and start praying for with God all things a possible.

  23. Jack Sparrow
    May 21, 2019

    Teacher Bonnie, I talk to you already. At your age what you doing in that?
    Leave that alone!!!
    Enjoy your pension and plant your kitchen garden.
    As a pastors wife you are supposed to be blessed by Gods holly spirit. Look you going to make God remove his blessed protection over you and your family by associating with those crooks and thieves.
    I warn you all ready … leave them people and their jummbie money alone! You do not need it.
    People all you hear I warn her?… Good! Huhn!

  24. Zandoli
    May 21, 2019

    I am a bit puzzled. A tired bunch, who are out of ideas is now selling themselves a as change agents? What has changed since DLP took power 19 years ago?

    What we need is change, not the same guy who is over his head and thinks he can give away the store to remain in power. We need people to work so that they don’t have to depend on the government to provide their every basic need. That is the change we need, not the same old tired bunch.

  25. Ask Mel
    May 21, 2019

    But but but Octavia, if you are the change needed and according to you because of “the Labour Party plans for the community”, then may I ask if it was the UWP that was in office for the last 20 years? FYI, since 200 the DLP has been in office and for the past 20 yrs Castle Bruce has been represented by a DLP candidate and all of them failed. 20 yrs later you are the change agent? I would give you a good answer you know but they say you are a pastors wife even if I don’t believe it and besides, you are an elderly woman. But luckily for your husband you are not a young woman so I don’t believe mister will disrespect you because he likes to disrespect pastors wives in his usual rude way. Madam according to Skerrit you need to go read your bible and pray a little stronger

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