Meet Olivia Williams

Author Olivia Williams

In the Summer of 1999, I decided to accept my African Studies Professor Dr. Gladstone Yearwood's offer to study abroad in the Caribbean. I did not know what I was signing up for, but he was passionate about it and that excitement piqued my interest. It was an educational tour of Antigua, Grenada, Barbados, and Dominica. As a college student, I was exposed to many great cultural minds of the Caribbean. I was forever changed after this experience. 

After returning to the States, Dominica was a dominant part of my thoughts. I kept wondering how I could get back to my "little paradise on earth". After graduating with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering, I decided to choose a volunteer assignment with the U.S. Peace Corps in 2003. The Eastern Caribbean Peace Corps Office was comprised of Antigua, St.Kitts, St. Lucia, Grenada, St. Vincent, and Dominica. Each of the Directors from each island nation met in the village of Ti Rocher, St. Lucia  to decide where each volunteer would serve. I made it my business to introduce myself to the Dominica Country Director Patrick Henderson and expressed my sincere desire to serve in Dominica. After four weeks of pre-training, it was annouced that I would serve in Dominica. I served in the beautiful village of Delices under the Ministry of Education's Youth Division.

Since then, I have been a frequent visitor and participant in cultural events on the island including the Nature Island Literary Festival, World Creole Music Festival, and the Cochane Rabbit Festival among a few. 

In 2008, I launched the personal development radio program Hour of Power ("The Most Empowering Show on Radio") which aired on Q95 on Monday nights. I enjoyed the support of businesses such as Jolly's Pharmacy, Best Buy, Garraway Enterprises, Fine Foods, Burton Electric, L.A. Dupigny & Company Ltd, Greens Wholesale, Roseau Cooperative Credit Union, E-Incubator, Pizza Palace, and Parade of Fashion.

In 2010, I took a year off from radio to finish my book Poetic Island: Refreshing Expressions From Waitukubli. It is a small expression of how much Waitukubli means to me and I hope that many more nature lovers will come to know her and perhaps one day make her their home,too. It is a place where I Experience the Extraordinary Everyday.  

Olivia Williams Background

Ms. Olivia Williams holds a B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering, M.S. in Regional Planning with a concentration in Ecotourism and Economic Development, and is currently working on a M.S. in Instructional Technology. She has presented research papers about Ecotourism  in small developing countries.  Dominica has been the focus of much of her research, and her findings show that Dominica leads in sustainable practices among all other Caribbean islands. Ms. Williams is an Ecotourism Planning Expert and is dedicated to developing innovative and sustainable practices for developing small island nations. She is a professional member of the International Ecotourism Society and the American Association for Training and Development.