by Sonia Walker-Russell / Bahama Buy and Sell

Follow your dreams ... when God gives a vision He always makes provision," says Mrs. Marva Moxey, the first Bahamian to obtain a law degree in Australia, a country ranked eighth in the world for higher education.

Sharing her educational experience abroad with members and guests of the Rotary Club of Freeport's weekly meeting, she explained, "In 2011 I took my 12-year-old son with me to Australia. At age 48 I was going back into the classroom as a student, changing careers."

The lawyer and mediator said, "I knew this journey was going to be different since I had to rely on other people's experiences and did not have a clue where we were going and what to expect. My attitude was: it was a new and exciting adventure. I took the necessary steps with the help of Bahamian couple Portia and Dr. Ricardo Hamilton, whom I had never met.

"I was taking five law classes and I had to work and pay my own way through school. Days were full. I needed to pull through. I never looked back and God, faithful as He always is, opened doors for us the entire time we were there. He provided for us and put the right people in our path."
 
Moxey now possesses a BA in Speech, Language & Hearing from Northwestern State University; a MBA in Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University; LLB (Hons), Law from the University of Huddersfield; Mediation Certificate, Dispute Resolution from Bond University and Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice, Law from Bond University, Australia.

She was a Graduate Research Assistant at Bond University and currently serves as Coordinator of Projects and Programs at the Public Hospitals Authority.

Though facing challenges, she views her travel as worthwhile. "I willingly took the step and have no regrets about a decision that literally changed my life forever." 
 
Picture l-r: Mrs. Constance McDonald, Rotary Club of Freeport, Secretary; Mrs. Marva Moxey and Mr. Neil Burrows, Rotary Club of Freeport Vice President.  (Photo by Sonia Russell)