Remembering Shahine Robinson, MP

Jamaica’s Minister of Labour and Social Security Shahine Robinson died today, March 29, after a long battle with cancer. Robinson was born in St Ann, one of five children and later attended the Immaculate Conception High School in Kingston, and Miami-Dade College in the United States.

Minister of Labour and Social Security, Shahine Robinson

Below are some highlights of her distinguished life as we pay tribute to an outstanding public servant and steward of Jamaica.

Timeline:

1953: Born Shahine Elizabeth Fakhourie Robinson on July 4

2001: Wins St Ann North East by-election to become Member of Parliament in March.

2007: Appointed State Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister.

2010: Retains seat as Member of Parliament for St Ann North East in a December by-election.

2011: Made State Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister with responsibility for local government.

2011: Appointed State Minister in the Ministry of Transport and Works by Prime Minister Andrew Holness in November and served until January 2012.

2016: Appointed Minister of Labour and Social Security by Prime Minister Andrew Holness in March.

2018: Reports are confirmed that she was ailing from cancer, for which she was receiving treatment.

2020: Passed away at her home in St Ann on May 29.

Holness, in a statement today, said “Shahine was a patriot, a servant of the people, a much loved political representative adored by her constituents, a humanitarian and great personal friend.”

He added that “She fought courageously against her illness; her passing has left us with a sense of deep sorrow and we shall miss her dearly.”