PLP pays tribute to Olga Scott
Tributes have continued to be paid to leading charity campaigner Olga Scott.
Mrs Scott, who was married to former Premier Alex Scott, and died at the age of 83, was hailed by the Progressive Labour Party as a “formidable” woman who made Bermuda a better place.
The PLP praised Mrs Scott for her work helping women and teenagers.
A party spokesperson said: “As the wife of a politician, she could have easily stood on the sidelines and simply played a supporting role.
“But, while a staunch supporter of her husband, she also was formidable in her own right.
“As a trained social worker, she was responsible for the establishment of Teen Services.
“This organisation helped many young women to continue pushing on in the face of challenges during their teen years.
“Without Mrs Scott as an advocate, many would likely have had lesser outcomes.
“Her legacy of service to our community is sound.
“Bermuda is a better place due to her work, and we honour her for her contributions.”
Former Premier Ewart Brown said: “Wanda and I are deeply saddened by the passing of Olga Scott, wife of my friend and colleague Alex Scott.
“Olga, who hailed originally from Jamaica, was a tower of strength. Bermuda was fortunate to have her during a time she was willing to share her vision with us. Teen Services would not have existed without the dedication and persistence of Olga Scott. She was politically astute and possessed an uncanny ability to understand human behaviour.
“We have been in contact with former premier Scott and have expressed our warmest condolences on the loss of his wonderful wife, mother of his children, Robin and Lawrence and his best friend. May they find peace in the days ahead.”
The charity campaigner was made a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in 2009 for her services to the health, education and development of Bermuda's youth.
She was a graduate of South Dakota State University with a bachelor of science degree in psychology. She also held a master’s degree in educational counselling and guidance from Indiana University.
Mrs Scott served as Teen Services’ executive director for 21 years and followed that role as an active board member, representing the entity on the Caribbean Family Planning Board.
A key achievement by Mrs Scott working to ensure that pregnant teens and young mothers were able to continue their education.