The Voice of Ti Domnik Tales

Gwendominica on Creole Day in Dominica, October 2011.

It brings me great pleasure to present this blog, which I have called Ti Domnik Tales.

I am a Canadian expatriate who relocated to Dominica, also known as ‘The Nature Island’ in 1997. I remained there full time until I returned to Canada in 2016. Initially, 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 moving here, and returning every winter, please consult the About page.

I continued to pursue a number of longtime hobbies here with tremendous delight. My main preoccupation for over 25 years has been researching, writing and publishing on certain topics, which include environmental health, wellness, outdoor recreation and travel. For almost two decades, I have chronicled 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.

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 contains all kinds of activities and notes of interest about the Nature Island and is called Dominica 100+ Things to Do. This comprehensive booklet is still being published (under different authorship). 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. From December 2010 to April 2017, I assumed the position of Editor of Tourism Update, which is a quarterly publication of the Discover Dominica Authority . 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 has been 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 of the Nature Island.

Finally, I am indebted to two women who have assisted me in this blog’s design and presentation. I am grateful to web site developer Wendy Walsh of Delphis Ltd. in Roseau Dominica and blog/web site consultant Carrie Mumford of Calgary Alberta Canada for their invaluable suggestions, guidance and encouragement.

2 comments on “The Voice of Ti Domnik Tales

  1. Dorian Shillingford says:

    Read your blog. Loved it. Everyone looks great in these traditional dresses. Headed to DA for carnival. Am an expat Dominican living in Toronto and San Antonio.


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