Dr. Gina Spence has produced several projects with the Department of Corrections, including Youth Summit, which was beamed out of Westgate via satellite to the student body at CedarBridge Academy. The productions, Where Are You Dad?, and the Judgment plays, performed by inmates at Westgate and Co-Ed Facility, were recorded and used as an educational tool to teach youth about the consequences of bad choices from drug abuse and violence. Funds raised benefited youth programs at New Creation Worship Center, Cornerstone Foundation and CBA Student Government. Dr. Gina is the former producer and host of the TV show, Youth Talk , and has produced projects for both the CBS and BET networks.
Dr. Gina is the Founder and CEO of Gina Spence Productions Charity #856 and was honoured by Her Majesty the Queen in the Queen’s Birthday Honour’s List for over 35 years of community service and outreach. Such as street festivals, drama productions, extensive prison and community outreach programs. Dr. Gina’s heart has always been focused on the youth of Bermuda. Dr. Gina’s achievements also include recognition from Friswell’s Hill United for her community work with young people; special recognition from the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Club, and she was a 2003 nominee for Woman of the Year. She also held appointments with both the Bermuda Arts Council and the Human Rights Commission. Dr. Spence has received several awards for her widespread ministry outreach to the community from the Bermuda Conference of Seventh-Day Adventist Churches, the AME Women’s Missionary Society, and New Creation Worship Center during their Black History Month celebrations.
She was also invited by the former Premier Craig Cannonier to serve on The National Prayer Steering Committee with church leaders to ‘mobilize’ the church of Jesus Christ and to call upon the nation to pray reaching out to all aspects of our community, especially our youth. In 2015, on 20 th February, Dr. Gina received the Virtuous Woman’s Award for Christian Arts from the First Church of God’s Chapel of the Anointing, and on 25 th April received the Hospitality Champion Award from Imagine Bermuda. Cable Vision also honoured Dr. Gina for more than three decades of dedicated community outreach.
Dr. Gina’s experiences included working with the Bermuda College and the Ministry of Youth and Sport to provide youth with positive events to promote youth empowerment. She also assisted several organizations; including Bermuda Cancer and Health, the Salvation Army, The Family Center, Big Brothers Big Sister, The Coalition for The Protection of Children and Age Concern, to raise much needed funds. She raised funds to purchase a heart monitor for the children’s ward of KEMH and has provided educational scholarships for young Bermudians studying performing arts overseas. She has further
developed a Clinical Committee to oversee creating two new grief recovery programs for children and adults facing trauma and loss, more specifically those left behind as a consequence of gun violence in Bermuda. She surely has taken her place as a trailblazer and a leading voice of grass roots Bermuda, especially in the call for unity in targeting youth and gang violence.
She holds the title of Justice of the Peace (JP) and offers counsel too many civic and community organizations and churches, both locally and overseas. Dr. Spence was appointed to the Senate in November 2006 and served as Shadow Minister of Youth, Community Affairs & Culture. The Ministry of Human Affairs named Dr. Spence as one of Bermuda’s 100 Most Outstanding Women in the community on March 8, 2011. Dr. Gina is a graduate of Kingdom University and is certified in various areas ofMinistry; she has also studied at New York University received a certification in Broadcasting Leadership
Communications. In 2014 received a certification in Community Coalition building at the National Coalition Academy in in Washington DC. In 2015 she received a Ph.D.Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters and CDKA-(Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of Kingdom Ambassadors), from CICA (Canadian International Chaplaincy Academy) University & Seminary. Dr. Gina also attended the Grief Recovery Institute in 2017 and is now a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist.
Dr. Gina produces 2 annual events under the umbrella of the Gina Spence Productions Charity which include the “Each One Reach One” back to school project, which raised over $15,000 to assist children with school uniforms and supplies, The Christmas Community Festival which provides healthy food items for families and gift cards for seniors to purchase much needed medication.
Experiencing first-hand the impact of gun violence; and having lost both her son-in-law Junior Laws and nephew Randy Robinson almost exactly a year apart; Gina was motivated to embark on a quest to reach out to the families and children left behind by gun violence by partnering with other agencies to provide support, counselling and an educational fund. Through her experiences and the development of these supporting elements; it all culminated in the creation of “The Champions Program” which is the first program of its kind in Bermuda that provides support for victims of homicide. This is her most recent project and is steady demanding her attention and has steadily become the driving force of Gina Spence Productions.
The airways is no forieng place for Gina, in 2013 she was the station manager, producer and host of Community Voices Radio Show on FM 89.1. at Bermuda Broadcasting. In November 11th 2019 she launched her new Radio Show Strength for the journey on Hott.107.5 with the aim to discuss and educate our community on topics of the day from a faith perspective, particularly for those who do not attend church.
Dr. Gina is a woman who is ‘sold-out’ to Jesus Christ and is a member of the New Creation Worship Centre and was ordained as an Exhorter in 2018. She has three daughters: Greashena, Edwina and Mychel who is married to Adrian Jones of Bermuda’s Gospel Duo Last Call; two grandsons, Nizigh and Emanon (E-man-yon), and one granddaughter, Emya. Dr. Gina’s belief is that She “can do all things through Christ who strengthens” her. (Philippians 4:13)