Do­minique Tu­dor

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - Opinion -

I am 38, but peo­ple never be­lieve me.

Oc­cu­pa­tion: Event co­or­di­na­tor, en­vi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­ity ad­vo­cate and con­sul­tant & founder of Eco Rebel Bar­ba­dos.

In­ter­ests: I love to con­nect to peo­ple. My late grand­fa­ther Joe Tu­dor was a well-known Bar­ba­dian co­me­dian, my fa­ther was a for­mer min­is­ter of Gov­ern­ment and busi­ness­man, my mother is an an­i­mal rights ac­tivist and op­er­a­tions man­ager at the Bar­ba­dos Coun­cil for the dis­abled, and I be­lieve I in­her­ited this from all of them.

Hob­bies: Any ac­tiv­ity that has to do with na­ture or the ocean brings me clar­ity and peace. I love cook­ing, but only the things that I like to eat, like roast bread­fruit and grilled dol­phin.

Goals in life: To al­ways live in the mo­ment; to be a giver and to re­ceive, but with a grate­ful heart. To know and to love who I am. To al­ways try; to fail for­ward; to speak my truth al­ways.

What does it mean to you to be a Ba­jan? One of my favourite Er­rol Bar­row quotes ex­plains this per­fectly for me: “We will be friends of all, satel­lites of none.” We are known for our friendly na­ture, it is what makes be­ing a Ba­jan so spe­cial. We are also known to be free-thinkers, and this is why many bril­liant minds are crafted in Bar­ba­dos.

What do you love most about Bar­ba­dos? Our Pride and our In­dus­try. And, of course, our colour­ful ex­pres­sions of lan­guage.

What do you dis­like most about Bar­ba­dos? The fact that our “Pride and our In­dus­try” has suf­fered a huge blow as a re­sult of cor­rup­tion and the lack of ac­count­abil­ity. Our fore­fa­thers sowed the seed, yet we al­lowed the barn to be raided. I dis­like that we are some­times too pas­sive when it mat­ters most.

How do you hope to make Bar­ba­dos bet­ter? I want to help to em­power my peo­ple liv­ing here, in what­ever way I can. I founded Eco Rebel Bar­ba­dos to use my in­flu­ence, nat­u­ral abil­ity to bring peo­ple to­gether and my de­ter­mi­na­tion for less talk and more ac­tion, to con­trib­ute to an en­vi­ron­men­tal move­ment that has been strong in Bar­ba­dos, and now be­com­ing more rel­e­vant.

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