|Joan M. Purcell
Former President of the Grenada Senate; and former Cabinet Minister
Joan M. Purcell is a Grenadian politician and former President of the Grenada Senate.
Early life and education
Joan Purcell is a graduate of the University of the West Indies and the University of Toronto, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.
In her professional life she was involved as a community activist, child and woman’s advocate, development worker and adult educator.
Joan Purcell served in both Houses of Parliament. She served as a Cabinet Minister in the Interim Government of Grenada, from 1983 to 1984. From 1990 to 1995, she was served in the House of Representatives as the Member of Parliament for the Town of St. George.
As a member of the Cabinet, Purcell was Minister of Labour and Women (1984-1985); Minister of Tourism, Civil Aviation and Women's Affairs (1990-1993);
Minister of Works, Community Development, Public Utilities and Women (1993-1995); and Minister of Information, Carriacou and Petit Martinique Affairs (1995). She served twice as Acting Prime Minister and was Deputy Leader (from 1996) and acting Leader of the National Democratic Congress (1998-1999).
In 1995, she was elected as the representative for Carriacou & Petite Martinique for the then opposition NDC. She however lost her seat in the 1999 election to Elvin Nimrod of the New National Party (NNP).
Purcell later served as the President of the Senate from 2008 to 2013.
Currently, she is a Training Specialist/Consultant, with particular interest in Leadership and Social Development.
Purcell has written and published: Vision of Change: A Caribbean Perspective (2010); a bible study for women entitled At His Feet (2009) and her memoirs: Memoirs of a Woman in Politics: Spiritual Struggles (2008).
Purcell resides in Grenada near to her son, daughter-in-law and two grand-daughters.