Former Parliamentary Representative for the Grand Bay Constituency Hon. John Fabien passed away last Friday at the Princess Margaret Hospital at the age of 66.
John Fabien was born in the village of Bense, where he attended the Hampstead Primary School, after which he graduated from the St. Mary’s Academy.
On leaving the St. Mary’s Academy, John was employed as a Sanitary Inspector as Environmental Health Officers were then referred to. He worked in Vieille Case and Mahaut before he was transferred to Grand Bay in the late 1960s.
Fabien walked from house to house, advising residents on environmental health, issues of sanitation, environmental protection and community health.
Two years later, John Fabien married Ellen Alcendor and their union has remained strong to this day.
John continued his education in environmental health studies, both at the University of the West Indies and at the College of Arts and Science in Jamaica.
Mr. Fabien was instrumental in the development of the Primary Health Care System introduced into Dominica after Hurricane David.
He received his master’s degree at the University of Liverpool in England and went on to introduce the Primary Health Care System in Anguilla.
Before he became Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health in Dominica, john worked at the Caribbean Epidemiology Centre in Trinidad.
On November 3, 2011 during the Independence Day parade of uniformed groups he was awarded the Sisserou Award of Honour.
Fabien began his political career in 2004 after the death of former Prime Minister Pierre Charles who was also the parliamentary representative for the Grand Bay constituency.
He contested the by-elections and emerged victorious winning the support of 1155 voters with his nearest rival; Frankie Bellot of the main opposition united workers party obtaining 215 votes.
Five years later Fabien announced his decision not to contest the 2009 general election.
Justina Charles wife of the deceased Former Grand Bay Parl. Rep and Prime Minister Pierre Charles contested and won that seat in 2009.
He passed away at the Princess Margaret Hospital on June 22, 2012.