July 12, 2022
Millicent Neverson, MBE
Educator; Girl Guide Leader; Community Worker
1882 - 1975
During a time of restricted opportunities, Millicent Neverson devoted herself to the causes of education, youth development and social welfare.
She came to Bermuda in 1921 from the Caribbean to teach at The Berkeley Institute and later opened Excelsior Secondary School.
Future Hamilton Mayor Cecil Dismont and educator Dr. Kenneth E. Robinson were among her students at Excelsior.
In 1932, she successfully overcame barriers to establish Bermuda’s first black Girl Guide Company, First Excelsior. Interest was so high she established the Second Excelsior Girl Guide Company two years later.
In 1948, she founded an orphanage The Haven, where she also ran a school. She also served on the Social Welfare Board and the Juvenile Panel. Her total commitment to enhancing the lives of young people led to the award of an MBE and a papal citation.