His Excellency Sidney S. Collie
Ambassador to the United States from the Bahamas & Permanent Representative to the OAS
Ambassador Sidney S. Collie was born February 19, 1950 on one of the most Remote islands in the Southern Bahamas, Mayaguana. Notwithstanding his humble beginnings his father, a police officer and his mother a homemaker and sometimes domestic worker, instilled in him an awareness and importance of self-preservation; fear of God and a work ethic that remains with him to this day.
H.E. Collie excelled through to the highest level of education available on the island and then transferred to the capital New Providence to complete his high school education and national exams. His passion for education and service to others took him to the only college in The Bahamas at the time, the Bahamas Teachers College where he qualified as a teacher. After teaching in the public system for several years in the 1970s, Ambassador received a scholarship from government to pursue his bachelor’s degree at the University of Miami and subsequently received a Masters degree in English from Nova University in Florida.
Ambassador Collie became actively involved in politics after joining the Free National Movement, FNM, the official opposition at the time, in the 1980s. He has served in several capacities including branch chairman, National Party vice chairman. In April 2016, his party called him out of retirement and elected him as chairman of the party. He then led the organization as chairman under the leadership of Dr. Hubert A. Minnis, now Prime Minister to a resounding victory at the polls in May of 2017.
Following the party’s historic win in 1992, H.E. was appointed to the Senate by the then Prime Minister, the Hon. Hubert A. Ingraham. He was elected to parliament to represent the Blue Hills Constituency, one of the largest polling districts, in 2007 and was appointed to the cabinet as Minister of Lands and Local Government the same year. In 2010, Ambassador was appointed High Commissioner to CARICOM and Latin America, a position he held until the change of government in 2012.
Ambassador Collie was appointed Ambassador to the United States of America, Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States, (OAS) and non-resident Ambassador to Mexico, Columbia and Malaysia 1, October 2017. He presented his credentials to the OAS in November and to the President of the United States of America, Donald Trump on 29 November 2017.