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Ricardo P. Deveaux is a product of the public school system in The Bahamas, graduating from R. M. Bailey Senior High School in 1985. He is a 1990 graduate of Bethune-Cookman College (now University) with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology with honours and a 1992 graduate of Nova Southeastern University with Master of Science Degree in Human Services with a specialization in Human Resource Management. In May 2009, he delivered the commencement address at Bethune-Cookman University and was awarded the Honourary Doctorate of Humane Letters. He is only the second Bahamian and one of the youngest individuals to deliver the coveted commencement address at Bethune-Cookman University. He is employed with the Bahamas Government since September 1992. He is presently stationed at the Ministry of Youth, Sports & Culture as a Senior Assistant Secretary and serves as the Officer in Charge of the SelfStarters Program, a grant based fund which assist young Bahamian entrepreneurs in establishing or expanding their small businesses. In August 2008, Ricardo was identified by the Secretary of The Cabinet for The Bahamas Government to participate in a four month rotation (September – December 2008) at The Cabinet Office. During this period, Ricardo sat in on the weekly meetings with the Bahamian Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham, M.P. and his Cabinet Ministers. An opportunity which has only been granted to selected group of public officers. Yeaning to impact his community and his country, Ricardo was instrumental in the establishment of the Bahamas Primary School Student of the Year Awards Program, a premier awards scheme in The Bahamas. The awards program have recognized over 1,000 of the BEST and BRIGHTEST primary school students and awarded over a half a million dollars worth of scholarships and prizes since 1997. He currently serves as President & Chief Executive Office of the Bahamas Primary School Student of the Year Foundation, a non-profit volunteer organization. He is the former Student Body President at Bethune-Cookman College (1989-90) and Nova Southeastern University (1991-92). His awards and honors include: Most Outstanding Student at Bethune-Cookman College (1989-90); One of only seven finalists in the 1992 Florida College Student of the Year Awards Program, where he was the only black and only male to make the finals; the First Caribbean International Bank – Bahamas Unsung Hero Award 2004; the Bahamas Faith Ministries International – Distinguished Youth Leader Award 2006 presented by Dr. Myles Munroe and the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Iota Epsilon Lambda Chapter – 2006 Centennial Brother of the Year. His community involvement includes serving on the Board of Directors for Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and The One Bahamas Foundation and a former Director of the Simpson Penn Centre for Boys, Golden Gates World Outreach Ministries Academy and the Ranfurly Home for Children (Orphanage).

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