I am Bahamian, an Abaconian. I grew up in the Southern part of Abaco in Cherokee Sound and Sandy Point. At the age of 15, my family moved to Marsh Harbour.
At 5 years old, I started school in Nassau, living with relatives during the school terms but always longing to be in Abaco. Every chance I got – whether by mailboat, speedboat, jumpseat on Bahamasair or any little plane – I got back to Abaco. I graduated from Queen’s College High School in Nassau in 1984 and then my International Life began…
As Miss Commonwealth Bahamas 1985 (and participating in the Miss World Pageant in London), I received several Scholarships for University. I studied in Switzerland for my Associate’s Degree and did an Internship at the United Nations Centre for Human Rights in Geneva. I obtained my Law Degree from the University of Western Ontario in Canada in 1994 and became a Member of the Law Society of Upper Canada. Next was my Legal Certificate in order to be called to the Bahamas Bar which I obtained from the University of the West Indies, Trinidad campus in 1997. Many years later, I received my Master’s Degree in Residential Real Estate from Akelius University in Sweden.
I am absolutely blessed to still have my parents with me in Abaco where they have been Missionaries for over 60 years. I also have 4 children, 5 grandchildren and 2 adopted Sons. Most of my children live abroad with their families – my daughter with her 5 kids is in Abaco as well as 1 of my adopted Sons (he is the best Crawfisherman in the World) – my other adopted Son is the Managing Partner of the oldest Law Firm in the Bahamas in Nassau and incredibly before the age of 30, he had already appeared before the Privy Council in London many times (absolutely brilliant Litigator). My son Jacob is a Banker in Canada, Jeffrey (married to Jacqueline) is an Engineer in North Carolina and James (married to Amanda) is a Financial Analyst for a huge International Conglomerate.
When I’m not in the office, I am working with my Construction Crew (Huldev). We design, build and renovate private homes, condominium buildings, commercial buildings. Huldev also designs and creates incredible landscaping for various projects – solar landscape lighting is our passion.
I survived Hurricane Dorian – barely. My home, office and all of my other buildings were completely destroyed. I managed some 17 hours in a tiny bathroom (no roof – debris flying everywhere) with 7 other people – most of us in the tub. My parents lost their home and almost their lives. My Dad cannot swim – my Mother kept him alive on top of a washing machine for 15 hours as the waves broke through the front wall of their house and the Sea was up to their necks. My Mother couldn’t hold Daddy any longer, as she could not breathe – and then the Eye came. My brother lost all his businesses and his homes – everything he had worked his life for. My Clerks lost their homes, cars, clothes, everything – and were displaced to other Islands. There was forced evacuation by the Government. My friends passed away or moved away. Some of my very dearest Clients left Abaco permanently. My life completely changed. I lived without a roof, electricity, water or any conveniences of life for some 8 months after the Hurricane. But 3 years later, I am in the trenches with my family and Clerks, rebuilding our magical island and our lives – one day at a time.
My most recent “side” project is the “Abaco Art Gallery & Boutique” where incredibly talented Bahamian Artists can display their works (at no cost) – Art, Jewelry made from sand, Abaco Pine and Madeira wood pieces, unique books about the Bahamas, Bahamian straw purses/clutches and luxurious and unique Resort Clothing.. The Gallery/Boutique is located across the road from the entrance to Abaco Beach Resort. The very special item in the Gallery is Whelk shell jewelry. Whelks are a delicacy in the Bahamas and a lot of work to find, clean, and get out of their shells but the jewelry is a sparkling black and white treasure and only available at our Gallery.