Senator The Honorable Ms. Jennifer Isaacs-Dotson was elected as President of the Caribbean Congress of Labour (CCL) in October, 2016. Her career in trade unionism began as a shop steward at the Government High School. She later served as an Executive Officer and Assistant Secretary General of the Bahamas Union of Teachers (BUT) where she served for nineteen (19) years. Moving on to The College of The Bahamas (COB) now University of The Bahamas (UB), she served as the Vice-President External prior to becoming the President of the Union of Tertiary Educators of The Bahamas (UTEB), serving in this office from 2004-2013 and was re-elected as President in 2016. Senator Isaacs-Dotson has served as the General Secretary of the National Congress of Trade Unions of the Bahamas (NCTUB) where she has also served as Trustee, Assistant General Secretary and President from 2010-2013, as well as the Head (Chair) of the NCTUB Labour College. She has served as the First Vice-President and Second Vice-President of the Caribbean Congress of Labour (CCL), Past President of the National Congress of Trade Unions of the Bahamas (NCTUB), and is currently the President of the Union of Tertiary Educators of the Bahamas (UTEB) as well as President of the Caribbean Congress of Labour (CCL), she is the first Bahamian female to hold all of these positions.
Senator Isaacs-Dotson began her professional career as a registered nurse, later transferring to the Ministry of Education as a Trained Teacher and The University of The Bahamas (UB) formerly the College of The Bahamas (COB) as an Associate Professor in the School of Education. She attained a Diploma as a Registered Nurse, a Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Physical Education graduating summa cum laude from Saint Augustine’s College now University in Raleigh, North Carolina and a Master of Science degree in Health and Physical Education graduating magna cum laude from North Carolina Central University (NCCU) in Durham, North Carolina and becoming the first Bahamian female to hold a Master’s Degree in Health and Physical Education.
She has received numerous awards from: Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.; SEDUC Award for being the first Female President of the NCTUB; The Sir Randol Fawkes Award for Courage; The Bahamas 2012 Telephone Directory Yellow Pages, “Women Worthy of Praise” 2012; R. M. Bailey High School inducted into the Hall of Fame for Humanitarian & Service: Labour; 2013; Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Award; Bahamas Olympic Committee (BOC) Women and Sports Committee, Award for the Development of Sports in The Commonwealth of The Bahamas,2013; The Nurses’ Association of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Zenith Award, 2014; and Celebrating Women International National Leadership Award, 2016
Senator Isaacs-Dotson currently serves as a member of the IDB CONSOC Civil Society committee, Council Member, Association Caribbean Tertiary Institutions (ACTI), and the National Congress of Trade Unions Board. In addition she has served as a member of the following, National Tripartite Council; Transition Board of Trustees at The University of The Bahamas; Bahamas Development Bank Board; TRIFOR; Council Member, College of The Bahamas; Occupational Safety and Health Council; Cleveland Eneas Board; Unity Centre of Light Board; Bahamas Volleyball Federation (BVF) and the New Providence Volleyball Association (NPVA). Senator Isaacs-Dotson has traveled extensively regionally and internationally attending numerous workshops and seminars for labour, and education. She was appointed as a Consultative Senator on Monday, May 22, 2017.
Senator Isaacs-Dotson’s is a proud mother of one son, James Clarke, daughter in law Shonel Clarke and grandmother to Jamero, Jaycob and Justice Clarke. Her hobbies are sports, meeting people, reading and traveling. Her key words are honesty, integrity, discipline and determination. She strongly believes “that it is better to have a union, than to need one and not have one.”