Marian came to Dominica in 2006 as a refugee from the cold and snow, her empty nest, and rural eastern Ontario. She remains a dedicated Canadian, but has put down a strong root system on her island of choice. When asked why she chose Dominica, she likes to say, “I ran away from home,” which is true. It is also true that Dominica chose her. It was pure serendipity. In a fit of desperation late one night, she found a request for volunteer teachers in Dominica on her laptop. The next morning, she called the phone number given, had a brief interview, and went out and bought her ticket. She had never even heard of Dominica, much less knew anything about the Caribbean. Off she went for 6 weeks. The following winter, she spent 3 months there, and then the following winter she moved. That was that!
Currently, she continues to volunteer at CALLS (a program for youth at risk) in Portsmouth and helps run a bar/restaurant with her Dominican partner. Even after all this time, she still can’t quite believe it when she finds herself standing in the warm Caribbean sea marveling at the surrounding mighty mountains or happily chillin’ at a little beach bar somewhere. She also blogs on her site, Etcetera.