In 1978 after serving thirty years in the Public
Service, Dame Ivy joined NatWest Trust Corporation (Bahamas) Limited,
now SG Hambros Bank and Trust (Bahamas) Limited, as a Training Officer.
In the thirteen years which she spent with that company, Dame Ivy
was promoted to Personnel Manager and then to Group Relations Manager,
a position she held until her retirement in 1991.
In 1946 Dame Ivy received the Cambridge Junior Certificate; she
gained the Cambridge Senior Certificate in 1947. In 1952 Dame Ivy
received a certificate as an Associate of the College of Preceptors,
a British Organization, and in 1954 she was awarded a Teacher's
Certificate by the Bahamas Teachers College. She furthered her training
in the United States of America on a Fulbright Grant as a participant
in the International Teacher Development Programme, in 1962/1963.
1968 - 1970 Dame Ivy continued her studies at the University of
Miami where she earned a Bachelor of Education degree; and she earned
a doctorate in Public Administration (DPA) from Nova University
(1976 - 1978). Dame Ivy also participated in a number of in-service
workshops and public service courses over the years.
Ivy is an active member of Emmanuel Gospel Chapel where she formerly
served as a Sunday School Teacher. She is Past President of the
United Sisters Fellowship of the Assemblies of Brethren, a former
Awana Team Leader, a founding member and Past President of Women's
Aglow International (Bahamas). She is a Bible Teacher/Speaker at
Ladies' Retreats, Seminars and Workshops.
Ivy is married to Mr. Reginald Deane Dumont and is the mother of
two children; Cheddie Dean Dumont and Edda Dumont Adolph and the
grandmother of four; Deidre, Jihan and Cheddi Dumont and Kobé
hobbies include dressmaking and design, upholstery and soft crafts,
and the cultivation of roses.
1990 Dame Ivy was elected Secretary General of the Free National
Movement (FNM). When the FNM became the Government on 19 August
1992, Dame Ivy began a new career. She was appointed as a Senator
and Leader of Government business in the Senate and Minister of
Health and Environment. From 1995 - 1999 Dame Ivy served as the
Minister of Education and as the Minister of Education and Youth
until 2001. Upon her retirement, Dame Ivy was appointed Chairman
of the Public Service Commission with effect from 1 February, 2001.
1995 Dame Ivy was made a Dame Commander of the Order of St. Michael
and St. George (DCMG) by Her Majesty The Queen.
13 November, 2001 in an impressive ceremony witnessed by thousands
of Bahamians, Dame Ivy was appointed to serve as Acting Governor-General
of The Bahamas. She was confirmed in the position on 1 January,
Dame Ivy retired on November 30, 2005.