Lester T. Ferguson heads the Secretariat of the National Commission for Persons with Disabilities, a government unit tasked with implementing The Bahamas' disability legislation - The Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities) Act, 2014. As the chief administrative officer, Lester helps ensure that the Secretariat effectively administers the affairs of the Commission as well as provides the technical functions the Commission needs to carry out is mandate.
A Bahamian by birth, Lester previously served for 28 years in various capacities in the Caribbean Salvation Army, including educational, pastoral, youth and administrative work in Jamaica, Barbados, St. Lucia, The Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands. He holds B.A., M.A., and M.Div., degrees, and has completed intensive training courses in the USA, UK, South Africa and Australia.
Lester is passionate about community and human capacity building. His involvement with the persons with disabilities includes ten years as lead officer of a school for blind and visually impaired children, and a workshop for blind and visually impaired adults. He actively participated in a working group that provided consultation on the drafting of the current disability legislation. Lester is a member of The Bahamas' National Task Force for the Eradication of Gender Based Violence, and is one of the founding directors of The Bahamas National Feeding Network.
He is married to Beverley and together they are blessed with three children, Ashley, Mayah, and Kai. His hobbies include cooking, reading, writing, traveling, exploring new cultures and listening to music.