Dr. Samuel “Sammy” Joseph is a son of the soil. Raised by god-fearing parents, Richard ‘John’ Joseph and Yolande Joseph, of Harris’ village to serve Creator and country.
Educated at the University of the West Indies (UWI) and Baylor University in Texas, Dr. Joseph holds a PhD in Physics (2009), a Master’s in Computational Physics (2001) and first class honors in Mathematics (1999). He was one of the ten students accepted into the High Energy Physics postgraduate Diploma programme (2001) at the prestigious ICTP institution in Trieste, Italy and was the first black student to graduate with a PhD in Physics from Baylor University. Dr. Joseph credits his teachers at the St. George’s Primary School and the Montserrat Secondary School for laying the foundation of discipline and intellectual curiosity that allowed him to achieve academic success.
As a PhD student at Baylor University he became interested in fair treatment for graduate students and student workers and served as the Physics representative to the Graduate Student Association (GSA). In this capacity, he fought for and obtained the right for students to query their test results. Later, he was elected as treasurer of the GSA and during his tenure he was instrumental in successful negotiations in obtaining better health insurance coverage for graduate students.
Upon the completion of his doctorate in Physics, he was faced with the decision to stay in the United States and continue his contributions to academia or return to Montserrat and invest his energies there. Choosing to invest in the soil that nourished him, Dr. Joseph returned to Montserrat in 2010 as an educator at the Montserrat Secondary School (MSS) and the Montserrat Community College (MCC). While teaching courses in Mathematics, Physics and Statistics, he managed and coached the basketball team MSS Warriors and established a new basketball team, the Assassins. Over the past two years he served as Staff Sponsor and coached the Montserrat debating team, the champions of the Leeward Island Debating competition.
Believing that Montserratians could leverage their ICT skills to draw business from the global community, Dr. Joseph along with his brother Daniel Joseph and Manish Valechha, established Montserrat’s first software company, Lavabits. He later continued to invest in the development of ICT skills and businesses in Montserrat as a member of the National ICT Committee and as a teacher and mentor to the Young Enterprise business startup Dropkik Developers. In addition, he has served as a member of the committee responsible for organising Montserrat’s first national science fair.
Recently, his conversations with students concerning the sexual exploitation of young girls in Montserrat as well as student protests at the MCC have convinced him that concerns of the youth (in whom he has always believed) needed louder representation. As a result, Dr. Joseph pledged his personal funds in the establishment of Prevent, Protect and Pursue (PPP Inc) – a local charity dedicated to representing vulnerable women. However, he could not stop there. Persuaded that change comes by enacting smart policies as well as by ordinary citizens speaking out against the ills of our society, Dr. Joseph decided that it was time for him to contest this year’s election. His research showed that MCAP was the group that was most organised and capable of creating a positive difference in the life of the citizens of Montserrat.
His dream for Montserrat is that regardless of one’s background, equal opportunities for a better more fulfilling life should be accessible, according to one’s ability and dedication. Montserrat is now part of a global world connected through technology. Its future depends on the government’s ability to negotiate with its international partners; exploit its geothermal energy and Information Communication Technologies (ICTs), and motivate and make use of its young people and human capital. These are all issues Dr. Joseph has invested energies and experience toward and has had tremendous success. Your vote for him as your representative will ensure that your voice for a better and prosperous Montserrat is heard. He will continue to use his expertise for the advancement of this beautiful island.