Pamela Ward Pearce, a long-standing chairman of the Friends of St Helena, has been elected to the island’s Legislative Council only months after leaving the UK.
She secured 222 of the 448 valid votes cast in the 4 March 2015 by-election, caused by the resignation of Ian Rummery.
She was 46 votes ahead of her nearest rival, Anthony Green, but three short of an outright majority in the four-way contest.
Pamela, who worked in the UK health service for more than 30 years, was an energetic and sometimes forthright chairman of the Friends organisation for eight years.
At one recent annual meeting in Oxford, she spoke of her discomfort at the increasing “South Africanisation” of the island, and the attitudes she encountered on a holiday visit – especially while travelling on the RMS St Helena.
She liaised with organisations such as the All Party Parliamentary Group for St Helena at Westminster, and lobbied Prime Minister Tony Blair for Saints who served on the RMS St Helena in the Falklands War to be awarded the South Atlantic Medal. She was also a member of the St Helenian Diocesan Committee.
She regularly attended the St Helena Sports day near Reading, sometimes running a fund-raising cake stall. Coconut fingers were a speciality.
She called in at the 2014 event to make her farewells before returning home to live on the island with husband Andy – whom she had married at St James’s Church in Jamestown on a previous visit home.
She told St Helena Online at the time that she was toying with the idea of opening a tea garden.
It is possible to make cake without breaking a few eggs, but not necessarily desirable. We know Pamela can crack egg shells; now we’ll find out if she can walk on them.