Daughter of Dominican doctor in Barbados, receives study award

Dr. Geoffrey Lafond and daughter, Dominique

The daughter of a Dominican doctor based in Barbados, has received a Barbados government exhibition award for excelling in the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE).

An exhibition is a financial award or grant to an individual student, normally on grounds of merit.

Dominique Lafond, daughter of Dr. Geoffrey Lafond, received grade ones in Caribbean Studies, Chemistry, Physics, and Pure Mathematics, and a grade 2 in Communications Studies.

In an interview with Barbados Today,  Dominique said she was happy, thankful and put in a lot of work towards her accomplishments.

“I studied fairly hard. I practised and kept on practising. If I couldn’t get something done, I would try again. If I couldn’t get it done again I might ask a friend for help; I might ask a teacher for help, until I was successful,” she stated in the interview with Barbados Today.

Dominique plans on studying actuarial science since she loved mathematics.

Her father, Dr. Lafond, who was once a Dominican island scholar and is now a consultant at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH), told Barbados Today that he was proud of his daughter who he said always remained focused and hard-working.

“I have always been proud of Dominique. She is not just academic minded. She is well rounded. She took part in athletics for her school; she swam for her school. She was head girl at both primary [St Angela’s] and high school,” he explained in an interview with Barbados Today.

When asked if it was his wish for his daughter to join him in medicine, the doctor said “absolutely not.” He added that he was happy that she did not choose medicine.

“She can go and explore something else. Yes, medicine is rewarding, but I know it has its challenges and after going through it I wouldn’t want her to go through it as well,” he told the media.

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14 Comments

  1. CLEMON GEORGE
    August 22, 2019

    Congrats Geoffery on your daughter doing so well!

  2. AA
    August 20, 2019

    Are cxc results out yet

  3. Rebecca V. Musgrave
    August 20, 2019

    We can succeed with hard work and support.
    Support is paramount.
    Congratulations Congratulations
    Congratulations
    Jehovah God’s Blessings

  4. Garvey
    August 19, 2019

    Dominica great minds has to leave home an make elsewhere shine, because of leaders with no vision who choose to use outsiders.

    • Sayitasitis
      August 21, 2019

      Everything is politics. That’s all the shallow minded Dominicans know that’s why they don’t shine. Always ready to blame someone else

    • My My
      August 22, 2019

      Garvey shame it’s not about your political ideology. Why do You always seek the Limelight. It’s not about you Harvey. Congrats πŸŽŠπŸŽˆπŸŽ‰πŸΎ Youngish Lafond

  5. August 19, 2019

    Congrats. to a very well and happy family you can see she was well brought up keep up the good work.

  6. August 19, 2019

    Congratulations To the Geoffrey and his daughter. The leaf don’t fall far from the tree. Good work young lady. Keep doing what you do. The sky is the limit. Once again congratulations

  7. Bring back the kidnapped Dominican parrots
    August 19, 2019

    Why is he not a doctor on Dominica if he is a Dominican? Maybe they pay more in Barbados, Skerrit should use some of his millions from C B I funds to pay the Dominican doctors more so that they stay on Dominica. Skerrit does not have to use the medical facilities on Dominica he or his family get sick they just jump on a helicopter or plane and fly to one of the French islands or Florida.

    • πŸ’•MeπŸ’•
      August 22, 2019

      You people are so narrow minded it’s appalling. The grand daughter of our deceased iconic has been making strides towards a brighter future and you are inducing your political biases in there, how low can you vultures be? As a friend of the family I am proud of you .

  8. The Calabash
    August 19, 2019

    Congrats to you & daughter, my friend.

    Nice to see our kids grow up and excel.

  9. TOVELO
    August 19, 2019

    congratulations to the young lady… very proud. However, something stands out to me and always has. Has anyone ever analysed the return on investment for the Island scholar program? It seems the majority have not come back to Dominica to use their minds for the growth and development of the country. The remittance argument cannot be used anymore as the countries that survive in today’s global economy are the one who have a strong intellectual base. The program should be continued as their has been benefits. However, maybe a reevaluation of it objective is needed.

    • Zandoli
      August 20, 2019

      The recipients of the island scholarships are required to serve for a prescribed number of years after they graduate. That does not mean they have to serve the country their entire lives. If that was the case, I doubt many people would accept that scholarship.

      • Thinking
        August 21, 2019

        I am not sure that is the case. I have known of quite a number in the last 10 years who have not been back at all.

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