Marcella Liburd was born at Nevis Street, Basseterre,
St. Kitts. She was christened and brought up in the Wesleyan Holiness
Church on Cayon Street, Basseterre and she grew up and lived most of her
life in Dorset, Basseterre.
She attended the Basseterre Girls School and the Basseterre High
School and she later attended the University of the West Indies, graduating
with a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Bachelor of Laws (Hons.) in 1992.
In 1994 she graduated and obtained an L.E.C. from the Norman Manley Law
Marcella was a teacher of English at Basseterre and Cayon High Schools
until 1990 when she left to pursue law. In 1994 she was admitted to practice
as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court. In
1995 Marcella officially began her political career when she was appointed
a Senator in the National Assembly. In 1997 she was appointed Assistant
Secretary of the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party, a position she held until
December 2004 when she was appointed Speaker of the National Assembly.
Marcella resigned as Speaker of the National Assembly in April 2008 and
became the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party candidate for Constituency #2
in May 2008.
In her capacity as Barrister and Solicitor she had assisted in drafting
several pieces of legislation including the Domestic Violence Act and
the Equal Pay Act. She also assisted the Ministry of Gender Affairs with
legal issues pertaining to women and children.
As a Senator and a Speaker of the National Assembly she has helped to
educate the public particularly women and children, about their rights
in areas such as maintenance, divorce, succession and property ownership.
Marcella has been actively involved in the community. She has participated
in the Basseterre High School job attachment program for the past 5 years,
taking students into her Chambers and training them in various aspects
of the law. She has played netball for St. Kitts and has umpired and coached
at the club and national levels. She has also been a netball administrator
and president of the Association. Although past her netball days, she
still keeps fit and runs a fitness class. Marcella successfully ran a
summer camp at the Mc Knight Community Centre for Children ages 5-12 where
moral and family values were part of the camp programme.
Marcella was born into a family that has been serving the community in
several areas. Her life has been a life of service. She now offers herself
to be of greater service to the people of Central Basseterre.