Ti Domnik Tales is about me, a Canadian expatriate who relocated to Dominica, also known as ‘The Nature Island’ in 1997 and returned to Canada in 2016. I moved there because I desired to experience an improved quality of life and better health in a country with little pollution and lots of fresh air. For more details about my motivations for going there, please consult this blog.
My main preoccupation for over 20 years has been researching, writing and publishing on certain topics, which include environmental health, wellness, outdoor recreation and travel. For almost two decades, I was able to chronicle a considerable amount of information about various aspects of Dominica. There have been numerous opportunities to travel all over the island and spend time in various areas – from north to south, east to west and everywhere in between. I’ve also met and spent time with some very interesting personalities. I’e become immersed in its unique Creole culture as well. This tiny reforested Caribbean island is a very fascinating place!
Many of my adventures from 2003 to 2011 were recorded annually in a pocket guide that I co-created and wrote in its entirety. It contained all kinds of activities and notes of interest about the Nature Island and was called Dominica 100+ Things to Do. I’ve also contributed feature articles to Domnitjen, a locally produced magazine and to a presently non-active website that supported SHAPE (Society for Heritage, Architecture, Preservation and Enhancement) in Roseau. As a Director on the Board of the Dominica Hotel and Tourism Association in 2008-9, I prepared a newsletter called DHTA Communique for distribution to the membership. In December 2010, I assumed the position of Editor of Tourism Update, which is a quarterly publication of the Discover Dominica Authority. I am delighted to continue in this capacity, as one of the ways that I remain connected to my beloved adopted country. As well, I became a certified guide as per this tourism body’s regulations for the period 2010 -2012. I appreciate having the training and background in this area, which directly relates to my enhanced knowledge about the Nature Island.
Perhaps the most rewarding part of my literary endeavors in Dominica was the opportunity to teach a challenging English Literature course to a few secondary school students at the privately run Orion Academy . It was a most rewarding time for me. I taught some amazingly brilliant high school seniors who have since gone on to pursue post-secondary degrees in a variety of fields. As well as the privilege of instructing them in literary arts, I was able to apply some of the theory to my personal writing practice!
You will also see in some of my posts that the Roseau Public Library has played a significant role in developing my appreciation for literature around the world. Its diverse collection of books has enabled me to subtly study writing styles of a plethora of authors, from the emerging to the established!
While life as an expatriate in any country can have its challenges, Ti Domnik Tales focuses completely on my positive adventures and experiences as a longtime resident and citizen of the Nature Island.
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