Senator Corinne Baptiste-McKnight
Mrs. Corinne Baptiste-McKnight was a graduate of the University of the West Indies, Jamaica and the London School of Economics and Political Studies and lectured at the secondary school level.
After teaching for a year at secondary level, Mr. Corinne Baptiste-McKnight joined the Foreign Service in 1963. Having served in various overseas missions, she was appointed Ambassador to the United States of America, Permanent Representative to the Organisation of American States and Ambassador to Mexico. Prior to entering into retirement Mrs. Baptiste-Mc Knight served as Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister.
As a retiree, Mrs. Baptiste-Mc Knight continued to give of her service on the National Commission for UNESCO, the Elections and Boundaries Commission and the Mediation Board. She was subsequently appointed to the Senate in 2007 as an Independent Senator of the 9th Parliament of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.
During her tenure as an Independent Senator Mrs. Baptiste-McKnight served on a number of Parliamentary Committees, including the Public Accounts Committee, and the Executive Committee of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association. She also chaired one of the Departmental Joint Select Committees with oversight of Government Ministries, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises. Between 2007 and 2013 she contributed to the debate on more than fifty (50) Bills and fifteen (15) Motions.
Mrs. Baptiste McKnight passed away on March 7, 2014 at the age of 73.