Ti Domnik Tales

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Canary Gal, aka Gwendominica in  modified traditional cultural wear in Dominica, West Indies on Creole Day,October 2014.

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.

Find out more about life on  Dominica, the Nature Island by clicking Ti Domnik Tales!

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