Imagine that every night, you must be home by 7pm, and this is non-negotiable. You must also show ID to prove that you live in the neighbourhood. Think about that for a minute. This is the real life situation for hundreds of residents in August Town right now. This is after a series of murders over the weekend in a neighbourhood in the shadow of a wealthy community and the University of the West Indies. Several young men were killed and the police are maintaining a heavy presence in August Town.
"And all I offer here is the distilled poetry of my existence..."
Claude McKay, Poet Laureate of Jamaica, 1889-1948
I have been a reporter since 1998, covering mainly business and politics. My work has appeared in a large number of publications in Canada, the U.S. and Jamaica. I have also capitalized on the many skills journalism requires to become an all-around communications specialist. My clients have included both the public and private sector, non-profit and academia.
In addition to being a professional curious person and communicator, I have a bad case of the travel bug and can't seem to stay put. Finally, I have put my skills to work as a volunteer in the community wherever I have lived. Now, follow me as I combine these compartments of my life in Kingston, Jamaica, where I will be a volunteer with CUSO International.
I am working in Kingston with YOU Jamaica, a non-profiit organization that does mentoring and career counselling with the country's youth. CUSO is an international agency that places professionals in communities where they work to promote sustainable development.
Check out some of my work here:
The Mark News
Canadian Council For Democracy
Ottawa Business Journal
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