Tribute to the Late Director General Mr. Edmond Bradshaw-BSM
EDMOND ERROL BRADSHAW-BSM
SUNRISE: OCTOBER 14TH 1954
SUNSET: DECEMBER 17TH 2017
Edmond Errol Bradshaw was born in Barbados on October 14th 1954, to Fred and Edwena Bradshaw. He was educated at the Boy’s Foundation School, Codrington Theological College, The University of the West Indies and BIMAP. He holds qualifications in Mass Communications, Real Estate and Property Management, General and Sale Management and Personal Management and Industrial Relations.
He is best known for organizing numerous public appeals for the victims of floods, hurricanes and earthquakes in nearly every Caribbean country, North and South America, and other disasters including the Asian Tsunami, the Twin Towers Disaster in America, and droughts in Mozambique, Africa. Tens of thousands of families across the world have received assistance in cash and kind from Barbadians and non-nationals through the appeals organised by Mr. Bradshaw at the Barbados Red Cross Society. He describes Barbadians as among God’s most caring and loving people on earth and he sings praises for the volunteers of the Barbados Red Cross Society at home and abroad for their wonderful support, the commercial banks in setting up the appeals accounts and the media houses for promoting the appeals.
Organizing the Fund Raising Committee to source funds for the construction of the New Barbados Red Cross Society Headquarters at Warrens, St. Michael was one of his major achievements. The major contributors to that 2.5 million dollars fund raising campaign were the Government of Barbados and the private sector.
Mr. Bradshaw has been involved in organizing numerous public hall bingos in Barbados for more than 30 years, raising funds for more than one hundred charities and sporting organizations. He has also coordinated numerous car raffles and other raffles, auctions, garden parties, dinners, cruises, barbecues, membership appeals and direct covenant and grant solicitations for voluntary organizations. He has served as Honorary Secretary of the Barbados Boy Scouts’ Association for more than thirty successive years, a position he still holds.
From the mid-70s until now, he has rendered service to the Young Men’s Christian Association, (YMCA) in various roles as Volunteer, General Secretary, and, on the Board as Honorary Secretary, Vice President and Board Member. As General Secretary he worked with the fund-raising team that resulted in the construction of the new YMCA’s building at Pinfold Street. He is still on the Board of the YMCA. Mr. Bradshaw has been a member and past President of the Rotary Club of Barbados South, a member of the Prison After-Care Committee, a member of the Barbados Table Tennis Association and was the International Public Relations Consultant to the Three Five World Cup Table Tennis event held in Barbados, the biggest event of its kind to be stage in the western hemisphere.
During 1980 to 1985 he performed the role as an Advisor to companies in the Barbados Junior Achievement Programme. From 1983 to 1988 Mr. Bradshaw wrote a weekly page for the Advocate Newspaper highlighting the work of more than one hundred charitable organizations in Barbados. He is the author of the first historical book written on the first 150 years of the Royal Barbados Police Force.
Mr. Bradshaw previously produced a half hour weekly radio programme for the Caribbean Conference of Churches highlighting the work of the Church and developmental issues in the Caribbean. He worked for more than thirty years with Barbados Rediffusion later STARCOM Network, mainly producing the morning news bulletins. He also worked with the Caribbean News Agency and free lanced for some international news media.
From 1983 to 1987 he served as Public Relations Director, Assistant Secretary and Board Member of Partners of the Americas. In entertainment he formerly managed a leading hotel and night club band Saturn, and also assisted some young individual performers and groups in the Richard Stoute Teen Talent contest. His hobbies included horse racing for which he is a lifelong student of the science of gaming and performances of horses, jockeys, trainers and owners. He also loves watching international boxing. The Barbados Service Medal is awarded in recognition of his dedicated service to Barbados on November 30th 2015.