By RON FANFAIR
Former teacher-turned diplomat Sheila Sealy-Monteith is Jamaica’s new high commissioner-designate to Canada. She replaces Evadne Coye who returned home last November to become the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Sealy-Monteith, who assumed her new post in Ottawa last Monday, comes from Mexico where she spent the past four-and-a-half years as her country’s ambassador. As the top diplomat in Mexico, she also had responsibility for Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama.
Sealy-Monteith taught Spanish and English at Vere Technical High School and Spanish at Glenmuir High School – her alma mater – before joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1986.
She served in Jamaica’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York and in the Venezuelan embassy before going to Mexico.
The University of the West Indies graduate holds a Diploma and Masters in International Relations.