My Montserrat: Sharra Greenaway-Duberry
Dr Sharra Greenaway-Duberry’s studies took her away from her homeland of Montserrat, but she returned to help rebuild the country and do her part to improve the health services on the island.
She is also the owner of the Davy Hill Medical Centre. Today Dr Greenaway-Duberry shares what she loves most about her island home.
Describe Montserrat in three words.
Tranquil, paradise, and serene.
Which area are you from?
What is your favourite traditional dish?
Goat water of course!
How has living abroad changed your view of Montserrat?
Living abroad made me appreciate how safe it is to live in Montserrat despite having an active volcano. Montserrat has a relatively low crime rate which is comforting knowing the world we live in today. I also grew to appreciate the closeness of the community here on island since living abroad. You almost know everyone or at least can recognise a face but this also has its downside at times.
What is your favourite childhood memory?
Two outstanding memories from my childhood are riding my bicycle on the streets of Olveston without a care in world and eating mangoes while dangling from the mango trees in my backyard.
What was your favourite subject in high school?
Food and Nutrition. We had a practical session almost every week and I would look forward to eating those yummy treats.
Did any particular teacher make an impact on you?
Randall Greenaway aka Randy “Zunky” Greenaway. He taught me physics and math during my secondary school years and was a source of inspiration. You could tell he loved the subjects he led by the way he taught them. He had this way of linking everyday experiences to these subjects which made them easier to understand.
Which local activist/personality do you admire the most, and why?
Randy “Zunky” Greenaway. Not only is he a teacher, he’s a singer, songwriter, musician and he has produced a few albums. I have always admired how multitalented he is and his professional approach to all his work. He has also contributed to the field of photography. In both his music and photographs, Zunky has archived much of the journey from the pre-volcanic Montserrat to the Montserrat that we know today.
What is your favourite restaurant?
Where do you shop for clothes on the island?
Exclusive Fashions located in Ryan’s Complex.
Where would you recommend as a ‘must go’ to a first time visitor to Montserrat?
The buried city of Plymouth. This tour is like a modern day Pompeii. Visitors will get to experience what our old capital was like.
Where do you go to kick back and relax with family and friends?
We go to a few of the beaches on island: Little Bay, Woodlands, Lime Kiln and Isles Bay.
What’s your favourite local expression/proverb?
Ah you ohh!
In your opinion, where is the most beautiful spot in Montserrat?
Little Bay Beach. This beach offers perfect sunsets and you can always turn around and admire the hilly and lush green terrain.
What major developments would you like to see happen in Montserrat in the next 20 years?
Because I’m in the field of health, I would love to see a new hospital being built. A new and larger port in Little Bay would do wonders for our small island as well.