News Release: HAMILTON, Bermuda – Premier David Burt announced the appointment of Dr Ernest Peets as a Senator and Government Leader in the Senate.

“I am extremely pleased that Dr Peets has accepted this appointment and look forward to working with him as he joins this committed and dynamic Government team,” said Mr Burt.

Dr Peets is a Certified Family Therapist, and an internationally certified Addiction and Drug Counselor. Ernest is also a Professional Member of the American Counselors Association, and the American Psychological Association.

He has worked in a variety of human services environments, including Corrections, Probation & Parole, the Drug Treatment Court, and therapeutic communities, where he honed his addiction counseling and recovery skills. He has also continued his private practice work at The Counseling Center, which focuses on family-related work, specifically pre-marital, family counseling, divorce recovery and co-parenting.

Ernest is the Pastor of New Life Church of the Nazarene, a post he assumed in 1999.

He loves the beautiful game of football, and is an avid supporter of youth football programmes and is a certified football coach. Ernest has been married to his wife Julie for 23 years, and they have four children.

Premier Burt added: “On Monday I will ask the Governor to appoint him as a Minister and at that time will announce his portfolio and areas of responsibility.

“Bermuda will be well served by the wealth of experience and professionalism that Dr Peets brings to this new phase of his public service.”