Joseph 'Kanute' Burke (1935- )
The biographical information below was printed in the Newsletter of the Permanent Mission of Grenada to the United Nations, Volume 1, No. 1 of [June] 1979; also, in similar fashion, from the "Grenada News, Vol. 1, No. 2, 31 July 1979 from the Permanent Mission of Grenada to the Organization of American States. Burke retained his Consul General position from 1979-1983.
Born in the parish of St. John's, Grenada, Mr. Burke is an ex School Teacher and Port and Shipping Inspector in the Ministry of Health. He has also studied Economics and Sociology with London University.
While in London, Mr. Burke has worked with British Rail Work-Study Division and inner London Post Office Accounts and Personal Relations Division. He has been an ardent worker in the field of Social and Political action in Grenada, London and here in the United States. Here in New York, he has studied group dynamics and family therapy and was employed by The New York State Office of Substance Abuse Services as a Senior Counsellor and Program Co-ordinator. He has also served as Part-time Teacher and Drug-abuse Consultant.
Mr. Burke has made several political representations on behalf of Grenadians in New York, Washington, Toronto, Montreal and London. Early tasks in this position include the improved functioning of the Consulate, the trimming of wasteful expenditure and the fostering of communication and public relations with Grenadian nationals as well as creating stronger links with Caribbean countries especially.
Since assuming his new position, Mr. Burke has accompanied the Ambassador, Mr. Kendrick Radix to the Grenada Missions in Washington and Ottawa where they met with Government and other officials and took part in rallies there as well as in Montreal and Toronto. He also addressed a rally in New York and has been busy meeting with various Grenadian and other organizations. He has already embarked on an endeavour to have a committee formed to co-ordinate the functioning of all organizations of Grenada, Carriacou and Petit Martinique based in New York. He has participated in a meeting geared at forming a West Indian Political organization in New York.
The consul General has also been working closely with groups engaged in fund raising for Grenada and has been co-ordinating efforts to secure medical supplies to be sent to Grenada later this month.
A popular, dedicated and well equipped man, Mr. Burke whose home is known as 'Grenada House' should serve his country well in his role as consul General.
Later in the newsletter, Burke's duties in relation to the issuance of passports was explained:
The Consul General, Mr. Joseph Burke, is responsible for the issuance of Passports in the United States of America. A passport takes one week from the date of receipt to be issued. Renewals may be done immediately if the Consul General or Senior Consular Officer is available.