Shonel Ferguson was born in Nassau, Bahamas to Miriam Maude Pratt and Daniel Harcourt Ferguson Sr. After completing her early education at Sandilands All Age School, L. W. Young Secondary school and St. Anne’s High School she continued her studies at the University of Florida and the University of Miami where she obtained her Bachelor of Science degree and Masters of Business Administration, respectively.
Shonel came to national prominence as a star athlete participating in the Carifta and Commonwealth games and qualifying for the 1976 Olympic Games. She holds one of the longest standing records in Commonwealth Games history, set in 1982 and unbroken until 2006, 24 years later. She is a member of the Bahamas Track and Field Hall of Fame and in 1983 was awarded an MBE by Her Majesty the Queen for her contributions to the Bahamian people.
Shonel was employed with Xerox Bahamas Limited and its successor Bahamas Copier for 17 years. Today she leads a company with three locations on Nassau and Paradise Island providing business equipment, and document based services to hotel guests, international convention groups and the local market place.
Shonel has served on a number of boards including the Bahamas Development Bank, and Junior Achievement.
She was the FNM candidate for the Fox Hill Constituency in the 2012 General Election.
A practicing Methodist, she is a volunteer track and field coach at Queens College.