Embri Stuart has family roots in the Bluff, Eleuthera, where her father grew up and her grandparents still live. Embri is from Nassau, New Providence but often visited her family in Eleuthera during her summer breaks. She moved to Tarpum Bay when she joined the One Eleuthera Foundation (OEF) family in January 2016 and she now serves as the Development Assistant.
Embri is helping with fundraising, communications, donor relations and is also the designated Membership Officer at OEF. She graduated with her Associate’s Degree in Law and Criminal Justice (with Credit) from the College of the Bahamas in May 2010. She then took a gap year and worked in Nassau at Graham Thompson law firm as a legal and corporate assistant. In 2011, Embri served as Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar sponsored by the Rotary Club of Eleuthera. In this role she was a goodwill ambassador for the Bahamas whilst studying in the United Kingdom. Embri graduated with her LLB (Hons) Law Degree from Keele University in Staffordshire, UK in July 2014. During her University summer breaks Embri returned to Graham Thompson and served as a legal intern at the firm. In her final year at Keele University she served as a Community Legal Companion and volunteered over 100 hours at the Stoke-on-Trent Combined Court, offering support to unrepresented litigants throughout the legal process. She received a Volunteer Gold Award from Keele University for her hours of service.
Embri is an Accredited Civil and Commercial Mediator having received her qualification from the ADR Group London, UK in June 2015. She has helped to promote mediation on Eleuthera by giving educational presentations on its advantages in dispute resolution. She hopes to be able to provide mediation services in the near future. She has also taught “Law and You” at the Centre for Training and Innovation (CTI) which is an introductory level civics class that teaches trainees about their legal rights and responsibilities. Among other endeavors, Embri is working with The Nature Conservancy and Bahamas National Trust to facilitate Stakeholder Engagement Meetings for the implementation of Marine Managed Areas on Eleuthera. She is the main contact person in this initiative at OEF.
Embri’s motivation is a simple and genuine one. In her words, “In whatever capacity it is, I like being able to help people.” Her answer as to what she hopes comes from her work at OEF is that “I hope that Eleuthera is able to advance and persons are able to get the help that they need to develop themselves, strengthen the community and plan for the future.”
Embri’s ultimate goal as Development Assistant at One Eleuthera is “helping to get persons to want to be a part of this movement and understanding just how great the impact of OEF can be not just to Eleuthera, but also The Bahamas as a whole.” She expresses her desire of getting more community and national involvement with OEF so that all of OEF’s projects and programs can expand and continue the impact throughout the entire island.
Besides her OEF work, Embri is the Director of Professional Development in Rotaract, which she describes as a service and professional group of young persons who help the community through community service projects such as reading to children, donating books, beach clean ups and much more. She also serves on the Road to Peace Committee for Rotary Clubs of the Bahamas. In her free time Embri enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
Written By: Derrinique Elliott