Rolfe Commissiong, JP, MP
Rolfe CommissiongMember of Parliament
Pembroke South East
Rolfe Commissiong is a tireless advocate on behalf of working people in Bermuda and a strong proponent of economic empowerment initiatives directed toward those who have been historically disadvantaged.
Mr. Commissiong was educated at Mount Saint Agnes Academy, Warwick Secondary School and at Baruch College of the City University of NY.
He formerly served as the Consultant to two of Bermuda's Premiers. His most recent work was focused on implementing the recommendations found in the final report on young Black males, which emerged out of the study conducted by Professor Ronald Mincy of Columbia University on behalf of the Government.
More recently, under the direction of former Minister of Community Development, Minister Michael Weeks, he has been instrumental in the re-establishment of the Bermuda Youth Council and in the adoption of the "Job Corps" programme which is a Mincy recommendation. The "Job Corps" programme along with "Career Academies", another Mincy recommendation will create a "Bermuda Technical Institute" for the 21st Century. Both of these programmes will greatly enhance our workforce and youth development systems. The Job Corps programme is designed to assist young Bermudians by giving them, a second chance in obtaining those technical and vocational skills they will need in order to compete in our increasingly complex and competitive economy.
Mr. Commissiong also headed up the Government's Waiver Assistance Programme that assisted those affected Bermudians, in obtaining visas to travel to the United States.
In 1998, Mr. Commissiong founded a multifaceted communications company called Black Star Communications Ltd. The firm provides consultancy services in the areas of public relations and communications. Under the Black Star Communications banner, he created and implemented the "CUP Match Classic Safe Hands Award", which goes to the player selected as the best fielder in Cup Match and which is now in its 14th year.
He has served on a number of Government Boards, including Planning, The Broadcasting Commission and Chaired the Club's Committee in 2006, which examined the state of Bermuda's "Workingman's Clubs". In 2005, he served on the Bermuda Independence Commission.
In addition, he has produced documentary and public affairs programming for television, such as "The Big Conversation", which he hosted and which formerly aired on CITV.
A member of Pembroke Hamilton Club, Mr. Commissiong is married to Roxanne and has two children.