Delma was born in Paraclete and raised in Mt. Horne, St. Andrew. Hon. Delma Thomas is a second term Member of Parliament in Grenada and has been the Minister of Social Development and Housing since March of 2013.
As an MP, she represents St. Andrew North West, an underprivileged and under-served area in the rural east of Grenada. She was first voted into office on February 19, 2013, general elections and then again on March 13th 2018.
Before entering politics, Minister Thomas served as a teacher for thirteen (13) years. A mother of five (5), she earned a degree from Cambridge University in the area of Human Resource Management. In addition to being a teacher, Minister Thomas also worked as a member of the faculty of the St. George’s University before resigning in 2012 to enter electoral politics.
Since becoming a Minister, Mrs Thomas has created a buzz because of her advocacy for women and children's rights, and for her stance in support of the vulnerable in the society. Because of her activism, she has been dubbed "the people's minister" by sections of the Grenadian media.
She attended the Paraclete Government School; the Grenville Secondary School (GSS); the T.A Marryshow Community College (TAMCC), and later, the Teacher Education Department at TAMCC. She holds a Teacher Certificate in Primary Education from the Teacher Education Department of TAMCC and a Certificate in Teaching from the University of the West Indies, Faculty of Humanities and Education.
Popularly referred to by her constituents as "Teacher Del", her longtime residency in the constituency having stretched from Paraclete to Mount Horne. As a 12 year veteran of the educational system, she has always been recognized for her unselfish and dedicated contribution to life-long learning.
Thomas is described by her constituents as humble, compassionate and people oriented with a strong religious background that embodies good moral and Christian values that have influenced her upbringing in life.
Her decision to enter the challenging arena of politics is influenced primarily in her love for God and her people. She harbours a wonderful vision for the socio-economic and infrastructural development of her constituency as well as a desire to see her people receive the effective parliamentary representation that they deserve. She holds the conviction that the presence of a true representative of the people should be both seen and felt. Her personal motto is "acta non verba" (action not words).
Following the NNP's election victory In February 2013, Thomas was appointed Minister of Social Development and Housing in the Keith Mitchell Administration.