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About Emmanuel Finn

Dr. Emanuel Finn hails from the eastern community of La Plaine and attended the La Plaine Government and (DGS) Dominica Grammar Schools. In his last year of High School in 1978, he was the editor of the DGS magazine, the Clarion, and a Corporal in the Dominica Cadet Corps. He holds a bachelor's degree in Chemistry, doctorate in Dentistry and a masters in Health policy and Healthcare Adminstration.

In 2000, he was selected as the Congressional Heath Policy fellow of the American Dental Association (ADA) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. (AAAS). He spent the congressional year in the United States Senate office of Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon in Washington DC. He dealt with health, environment, and social and economic and budgetary policy issues. Prior to his fellowship, he was the Dental Director of the Family Health Center in the Hudson Valley Region (just outside of the U.S Military Academy at West Point) of New York State.

In September 2001, Finn lead a team of U.S dentists to Dominica and provided Free dental care to students at the La Plaine, Boetica and Delices Schools as well as adults and children at the La Plaine Health Center for a week. He looks forward to the future where he will be able to make more policy (not political) contributions to Dominica. Finn's advice to his countrymen and compatriots is try to contribute as much as you can to our island home inspite of the discouraging, petty and divisive politics. Dominicans should always remember that Dominica belongs to Dominicans where ever we find ourselves and regardless of the length of time we have been away from our island.

We owe a dept of gratitude to our communities in Dominica for the love, compassion, caring and discipline, which they afforded us. Finn says, to whom much is given, much is expected. As expatriates, we have a right to speak out and meddle in the affairs of our island home. At the same time, it is imperative that we offer and assist with concrete solutions and not just offer criticisms and condemnations of our political, police, trade union and civilian leaders. In fact, we should strive to work with the democratically elected government, opposition and trade unions. We need them all in order to ensure that our country continue to function as a democracy in spite of tough challenges.

Dr. Finn is a practicing dentist and a National (United States) Oral and General Health policy consultant. No matter how long he stays away from his island home, he will always want to spend one more lazy afternoon at Laronde bay watching and negotiating waves of the Atlantic Ocean, sightseeing through the Carib Territory or hiking in the Northern Forest Reserve. Dr. Finn resides in Washington DC with his wife Chrissie and daughters Sari and Alana.



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