Dominican recognized as ‘Woman of Great Esteem’

Jean Joseph poses next to the flag of Dominica with her award
Jean Joseph poses next to the flag of Dominica with her award

Dominican, Jean Joseph, has received the highest ranking award at the 17th Annual Woman of Great Esteem (WGE) Emerald Awards Ceremony which held on Saturday May 4th, 2013 at the Ritz Carlton Hotel, New York.

The Woman of Great Esteem Emerald Award of Excellence is presented each year to an extraordinary woman whose exemplary life achievements have brought prominence amongst her peers, honor from her community and positive notoriety in her nation and world.

This award celebrates excellence and is a medium that empowers its awardees to ascend to their next level on the ladder of accomplishments and world recognition.  The honoree who receives this award exemplifies oneself through national or world recognition in a particular area.

Joseph received the award for her work in the field of Finance.

To date, this highest level of recognition, The WGE Emerald Award of Excellence has been awarded to recipients from Barbados, Bahamas, Bermuda, Jamaica, South Africa and the United States of America.

In addition to the award, Jean also received a citation from Mayor of the City of New York, Michael R Bloomberg and two citations from The Council of the City of New York.

Joseph is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).  She is the founder of Joseph Tax and Consulting Services, LLC.  She has dedicated her life to providing professional accounting services to a wide array of individuals and corporations, as well as creating and supporting various organizations and activities that benefit the community and society.

Born and raised in Roseau, Dominica, Joseph is a true success story.  A graduate of the Convent High School and Dominica Teachers College, she taught at the St. Martin’s Vocational School for ten years.

After migrating to the United States in 1978, she attended Iowa State University and then Pace University where she graduated with a BS in accounting, eventually becoming a Certified Public Accountant.

She has worked for American Express, Lionel Lewis CPA and   Anchin Block and Anchin CPA, eventually opening her own firm.  Joseph has held the position of President of the New York State Society of CPA for the Queens Brooklyn Chapter and has served at the board level on many other organizations in New York.

She has received numerous awards from various organizations in the past.

Her volunteer and support services are wide and varied reflecting her total commitment to improving the circumstance and situations of others.

Joseph has been a very patriotic Dominican.  She has provided scholarships for students of Roseau through the Roseau City Council, to attend high school and college. She has also been very instrumental in establishing the relationship between the Dominica State College and Medger Evers University in Brooklyn, New York.

She has donated several items to the Grotto Home for the Homeless, Princess Margaret Hospital, (as well as facilitated medical professional assistance),  and many other institutions and individuals.  She has assisted our artists to perform in New York during the Labour Day celebrations.  A special project will come to fruition in December 2013 when she partners with the Roving Care Givers Program.

Dominica was represented at the function by Loreen Bannis-Roberts, Liason Officer, Diaspora Affairs.

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  1. Anonymous
    May 8, 2013


  2. Ophelia MARIE
    May 8, 2013


  3. May 7, 2013

    Good afternoon. I would like to congratulate Ms Joseph on her achievements. I would also like to know where her business is located in NYC so I could patronize my people business.

    • Fair Play
      May 7, 2013

      Tony, Jean can be contacted at telephone number 347-234-3111. Thank you for asking.

    • Fair Play
      May 7, 2013

      Her business addresses are as follows:

      1208 E. 49th Street (between H & I)
      Brooklyn, NY 11234


      40 Exchange Place
      Suite 1602
      New York NY 1005


      • May 9, 2013

        Hello. Thanks and she actually reside four blocks from me. Thanks again.

  4. Hillsborough Street
    May 7, 2013

    Congratulations from the Da’s Family (Florestine & Phillipa) to the Jacques Family! You’ve made us all proud. May God continue to bless you richly. Kudos! You have proven that you truly are a woman of worth in Dominica and out from way back.

  5. Anonymous
    May 7, 2013

    well done lady

  6. Justice and Truth
    May 7, 2013

    Congratulations Jean Joseph. You have projected that studies, hard, conscientious and diligent work with perseverance do win in the end. You are an excellent model especially for the youths to emulate. Good luck in your future endeavors.

  7. City Girl
    May 6, 2013

    Congratulations Jean Joseph…..Well done. Happy to see that the Roving Careigvers Programme will be the next to benefit. Especially now that I see the Caregivers programme is being introduced to the Roseau communities of Silver lake, Yampiece and Tarish pit. Mrs. Bannis Roberts continue to represent us well.

  8. Esteemly Grateful
    May 6, 2013

    Congratulations. Dominican women are the best.

  9. Visitor
    May 6, 2013

    How can you say,” not much pride coming from Dpminica for the past years”.. Fool, you need to check the universities around the world and see us in action! check the amount of Engineers, doctors, and lawyers we have from small “DOMINICA”

  10. goldie
    May 6, 2013

    congrats, you made us feel so proud. Keep on the good works

  11. me
    May 6, 2013

    Congratulation Ms. Joseph may God contiues to bless you with you good work and good deeds. This is amazing.

  12. Anonymous
    May 6, 2013

    IMPRESSIVE!A disciplined and hard working woman.The quality of your house at MORNE DANIEL ESTATE ,Canefield attests to that!Keep it up!

    May 6, 2013

    Congratulations Ms.Jean Joseph on your award.You have done well for yourself and have been very generous to less fortunate ones in Dominica.Is that award from the Church Group called Q-Kingdom Ministries founded by the Rev.Sylveta Hamilton-Gonzalez?..I believe Ms.Loreen Bannis amongst.others received awards also from that org.but the article said you are the first Dominican..Is it the “Emerald” distinction that makes it different and thus the first Dcan?

    • Fair Play
      May 6, 2013

      Yes, two other Dominicans have been recognized by this institution. They received the Emerald Award. However, Jean Joseph’s award is the “Emerald Award of Excellence” which is the highest ranked category.

  14. Merina Mckenzie
    May 6, 2013

    Kudos!Kudos! Ms. Joseph, you were my favorite and best teacher during my formative years.
    I always remind you of that when we cross paths.
    You were a great short-hand teacher and never visualise you getting into finance.
    However, during our brief business meeting, I was not surprise of your accomplishment.
    You were always a brilliant woman.
    Apart from your intellectual competence,you were always willing to go the extra mile( extra lessons for no financial reward.
    I can recall, when you had a major surgery and was two (2) days postup that some of my colleagues and myself came to your house for you to help us with exams.
    You never sent us away. Despite the fact that you were visible in pain you helped us.
    Once again, I thank you. We have lost touch, but I will be coming to New York for my niece’s graduation and I will look up.
    Congrats! Lots of love, good luck and blessings

  15. past Student
    May 6, 2013

    congrats Miss Joseph……It is sure an Honor my teacher have made me proud.

  16. jerseydomincian
    May 6, 2013


    May 6, 2013

    God is god all the time…All the time God is good.

    Well done Labourite Bannis for helping out.

    Congratulations JEan WE ALL LOVE YOU.

    lABOURITES doing well all over.

    Thank you Jean. You have helped me a lot to push me in life.

  18. Chris Parillon
    May 6, 2013

    Congratulations Ms. Joseph. You deserve it . You are truly inspirational and very patriotic.

  19. Work
    May 6, 2013

    Proud of you Miss Joseph congrats on your good work you deserve it, working day and night

  20. ThePumpkins
    May 6, 2013

    Congratulations to U Jean from the entire Joseph family in St Lucia. Keep excelling in all you do!! We are so proud of U!!

  21. Man better man
    May 6, 2013

    Congratulations Ms Joseph. We need you as Mayor for Roseau.

  22. Pat Aaron
    May 6, 2013

    Breath of fresh air for Dominica and Dominicans.
    Not much pride coming from Dominica for the past years. Very deserving to a very hard working Dominican. A good government would endorse that.

    • Anonymous
      May 7, 2013

      I vex with Pat Aaron today. On what basis you made that statement. First of all this award is nonesense in the grand scheme of awards from highly accredited places Dominicans recieve awards. Just because they are not on the net bragging doesn’t mean pride isn’t coming from Dominica. I respect you for your contribution to the calypso however you need to pump your breaks and tie your dreads. Everybody in the NY area knows this person circles organisation and moans when her name isn’t called. Some of you are too darn simple and easily impressed. Have you taken the trouble to see the impact Dominicans in Dominica are having everyday on the island and the global sphere, need I educate you on the real achievements and accolades of significance that are heaped on Dominicans globally or are you just to political and whimiscal all you see is the tip of your nose. By the way the government you trying to be sacarstic about, she’s all over ministry when in Dominica trying to make herself important and looking for overseas position, mandah Bambish

  23. May 6, 2013

    Congrats from Dominicans in Canada and South Africa.. you make us proud

  24. concerned
    May 6, 2013

    Great news for Dominica….congratulations

  25. Marilyn
    May 6, 2013

    Congratulations Ms Joseph, you have always been my favorite teacher at St Martin School.

    • Jennifer
      May 6, 2013

      Congratulations!!!!! She was one of my teachers in St. Martin School as well

  26. Sue
    May 6, 2013

    Jean I’m so proud of you, I must say this woman has been working hard trying to put Dominica on the map.
    I admire her hard work and the Courage that she puts in it. Keep on smiling and God Bless

  27. Oh please
    May 6, 2013

    Wow! Congratulations on your achievement!

  28. Zicack Girl
    May 6, 2013

    Keep up the good work. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

  29. Ignorance is Bliss!
    May 6, 2013

    An exemplary woman who makes a woman like me want to do more, become more, and do greater things.

    thanks Ms Joseph

  30. Anonymous
    May 6, 2013

    So proud and inspired

  31. Bounty
    May 6, 2013

    Wonderful! Just wonderful!

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