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I was born in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands and grew up in St. Lucia, W.I. My dad tells me the story that I was only 6 months old when he was left with me in St. Croix because my mother had gone ahead to St. Lucia and I just would not stop crying. My family lived in Babonneau, on the beautiful Helen of the West Indies, St. Lucia. I speak a dialect of French called Creole.
I attended St. Joseph’s Convent and during my last year migrated back to the United States via St. Croix. The immigration agent asked me why did it take me so long to come back home, my answer, I have no idea. Upon arrival in the U.S. my family lived in the Bronx, NY. There I attended Evander Childs High School and graduated with a scholarship to Nannette Beardon Contemporary Dance School. I modeled for a while buy my main interest was in dancing. I danced and performed professionally in two Off-Broadway plays.
My school years were spent at College of New Rochelle DC 37 extension in Manhattan while I was employed with the New York City Department of Health. During this time I met the man who would be my husband, Simon Julien. With a history of 20 plus years together we have a son, Tariq Julien. After getting married we moved and purchased our home in New Britain, CT.
Currently I am attending Cappella University and sit as a City Commissioner on the Board of Human Rights in New Britain, Connecticut. In addition for the last three years, I have been an Area Representative with ASSE, which is a student exchange program that gives high school students the opportunity to study abroad or for students from different countries to seek the same opportunity here in the U.S.
For the last four years I have devoted every Wednesday evening with the Cricket Hall of Fame to plan and execute the Induction Ceremony and also to support and attend other functions from sister organizations. Recently I received the honor of becoming the Program Coordinator of the organization. Being one of the minority members of the organization a.k.a. one of three women in the group, it has proven itself to be a challenge. I have always felt honored and proud to be a member of the group and speak of the people that I have met since being there. I have had many memorable moments but non will ever catch my breath as the opening ceremony for the World Cup 200y7 in Jamaica. That will live with me for a long time to come.