From selling candy on the playground at school to setting up a greeting card company in my mom's floral shop. I've always had entrepreneurial tendencies but I had no idea that's what it was at the time.
At the time of choosing my career, my parents did their best to council me. We looked at workplace trends and emerging industries and choose the "new field" of Environmental Studies. A field with growing demand, a range of employment opportunities and an average salary of $75,000. Let's just say I got "had". Nearly a decade later and some of my classmates have not found full time employment in the field.
Today, even with a Master's degree in Natural Resource Management, my livelihood is firmly rooted in my ability to monetize my ideas.
Ideas have the power to change the world and real change begins when those ideas are nurtured and executed.
As a woman of Caribbean heritage, I have been fortunate to understand the privilege of my international experience and I want to make it possible for others to experience this.
Studying in Canada, we always have access to the newest editions of books and video in our library and also through the virtual library. I remember being in Barbados on Summer break - I used my Canadian student ID to get admission to the UWI library. I was doing research on Watershed Management. Barbados - a coral based island with an extensive underground watershed should have lots of books on this subject - or so I thought. The most recent academic book on the topic was from 1985! The book was published the year I was born. In that moment, I understood why some things seemed so backward and archaic...
That summer I finished my assignment using the virtual library from my university and while grateful for it, I also felt sad that the students in Barbados didn't even know what they were missing out on.
The baby vision; accessibility to knowledge
I don't believe that education happens only in classrooms. In fact my biggest lessons in life have been outside of the class. From reading books out of interest, not by force. Knowledge isn't just power, it's a component of success, sustainability and the pathway to mental and financial independence. I dream of a day where creative minds are nurtured and inspired by the digital pages of a virtual library. Where they can dive into the rabbit hole of knowledge and come out change makers - solving problems, enhancing their lives and the lives of those around them.
I want to build a virtual library for the Eastern Caribbean. A place where anyone with a smartphone, tablet or computer could have access to ebooks, audiobooks and videos on topics of interest to them.
Denting the universe
Learning is only the first step - discovering their interest, passion and contribution to society. As much reading as I have done, it was collaboration with my peers (who I worked hard to find) that really moved things forward.
My vision for the world is a new classroom where education is interest driven and those interests are nurtured and allowed to grow instead of forced into specific directions. I plan to build the first of these classrooms in Canada for students of Caribbean descent. With a working model in place, satellite classrooms will be built in Caribbean islands with the ability to facilitate international learning exchanges.
There's so much more but these are my initial musings.
Working with me is your contribution to making this vision a reality. I'm always open to collaborative work so if you have some thoughts to add, feel free to reach out using this form.