Hands on in the BahamasAs Ambassador, governing over one of the largest DEA offices in the world, Avant focused heavily on supporting and engaging with the various law enforcement bureaus at Post, allowing the systematic protection of the United States to be felt locally and across the shores. Along with the government of The Bahamas and the Minister of National Security, the U.S. Embassy, under the leadership of Ambassador Avant, hosted a Regional Security conference with special guest, DHS Secretary, Janet Napolitano in November of 2011. With great aplomb, Avant focused on five priority initiatives: education, alternative energy, economic and small business development, women’s empowerment, and raising awareness surrounding the challenges facing people with disabilities. Under Avant’s guidance, the U.S. Embassy continued with the Ministry of Education to sponsor the nation’s Read to Lead Program, which encouraged youth to develop and embrace a lifelong love of reading. With a penchant for excellence, Avant invited Geoffrey Canada, one of the world’s leading Education strategists to share his best practices and proven academic acumen with the Ministry of Education and other Bahamian leaders towards the advancement of the education system and related platforms. Other educational achievements that occurred under Avant’s watchful eye included an annual Martin Luther King essay competition for high school students as well as an annual Oceans competition, which encouraged sustainable energy practices amongst Bahamian youth.
U.S. Ambassador-designate Nicole Avant arrives in The Bahamas
Nassau, Bahamas - U.S. Ambassador-designate Nicole Avant arrived in The Bahamas On Wednesday, October 14th, U.S. Ambassador-Designate Nicole A. Avant arrived in The Bahamas to take up her post as the thirteenth U.S. Ambassador to The Bahamas on Thursday, October 22.