My love for nature began at a very tender age. Being first a cub, then a scout, and later becoming a cadet and a member of the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme was when the seed was planted. My experience with the above mentioned groups taught me how to push myself out of my comfort zone and to enjoy the outdoors.
Growing up in the Capital, Castries and the small village of Laborie, struck a perfect balance between city life and a taste of rural life and its customs and values. Climbing trees, picking fruits, going to the river and ironically learning to make bird traps was almost as natural and normal as drinking water. After leaving secondary school, I pursued a job at Sandals Halcyon St. Lucia in 1993 where I was taught effective communication, voice projection, and off course “oomph and panache” by the one Basil Cahausac of Jamaica. My training and travelling to Jamaica as the entertainment supervisor in 1995 and 1996 broadened my mind to many things such as the tourism industry, inter-personal skills, arts, people management skills and off course my faith as a Rastafarian. My newfound faith and quest for peace and knowledge influenced my choice to leave Sandals Resorts and dabble in the wonderful world of tour guiding, first with Jeep Safari Explorers, the premier Jeep touring company on the island at the time. Becoming a Rastafarian, further strengthened my passion for the outdoors and my love for nature. I earnestly learnt St. Lucia’s forest landscapes, flora and fauna, beaches and traditions.
In 2003, a new chapter began with greater challenges and adventures. While working with Palm Services Ltd and Barefoot Holidays St. Lucia, I was introduced to and trained by Mr. Adams Toussaint on the flora and fauna biological diversity of St. Lucia. He has become my mentor and an inspiration in the field of wildlife over the years.
As a tour leader/ tour guide, Adams has helped me paint a more scientific picture in the minds of the many visitors to our shores. With my wealth of experience and knowledge that I had gained, I was employed by Rainforest Adventure as their Nature Education and Training Coordinator for 7 years. My position entailed training and supervising tour guides, establishing forest trails and landscaping.
I have been fortunate to conduct flora and fauna training sessions with Touring Companies such as Cox and Company Ltd, Foster and Ince, Palm Services Ltd and Fond Latisab during the off season. I have collaborated on numerous occasions with the Forestry Department of St. Lucia, gathering data on flora and fauna all in the scope of further educating myself.
Today, I work fulltime alongside my teacher, mentor and friend Adams Toussaint as a bird guide expert for a small company which I helped establish in 2015 called St. Lucia Birding and Wildlife Ambassadors. I continue to train guides part-time and I also care for a hummingbird garden in the community of Babonneau called Aulien Garden. Currently, I am a member of BirdsCaribbean. I am also a naturalist, a farmer, a father of three beautiful girls and a Rastafarian. I am a wildlife ambassador.