Pethrona Russell a native of Freeport Grand Bahama, moved to Halifax, NS in August 2016 in pursuit of her dreams. In January 2018, she graduated from Saint Mary’s University where she completed the Master of Technology, Entrepreneurship and Innovation degree. Prior to her relocation, Pethrona worked in New Providence within the Human Resources Department at The University of The Bahamas formerly The College of The Bahamas, from March 20, 2006 to August 26, 2016. During her 10-year tenure at The University, she worked fervently in the capacity of a Human Resources Assistant II within the Training & Development and Benefits Units. In 2005, she completed session 488 of the BahamaHost certification programme, finished ahead of the bunch and was awarded an accolade for her academic achievements. Subsequently, that same year Pethrona completed more intense preparation during the sitting of the Train the Trainer programme and became a certified BahamaHost Trainer.
In 2004, she completed a Bachelor of Science degree with honors in Tourism Management at The College of The Bahamas where she finished at the top of the class and again was awarded three accolades of academic excellence in recognition of the same. Additionally, in 2001 Pethrona completed an Associate of Arts degree in Marketing and was afforded the opportunity to complete internships at the Ministry of Tourism and Sandals Royal Bahamian Resort. On another note, she along with her sister were the proprietors of “Dutty Fashions” a lady’s boutique with trendy fashion and fragrances located in Grand Bahama, Bahamas. Furthermore, she has volunteered at the Bahamas Red Cross and the Bahamas Human Society among others, and is the holder of a Gold, Silver and Bronze Award from the Governor General’s Youth Award Scheme Formerly Duke of Edinburgh, an organization where more than 8,000 young Bahamians engage in community service, physical recreation, the apprenticeship of a new skill, and attend adventurous journeys to achieve the awards. Finally, Pethrona is passionate about her Christian faith, sports, as well as health and fitness so she enjoys working out at the gym, a healthy diet, and travel. Her favorite Bible scripture is Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”