When people ask about my past and where I grew up, I start the story with “I was born in St Vincent.” This answer always generates quizzical looks, so I have learned to sum up my story this way: St Vincent, is an unspoiled, tropical island in the Caribbean that few have heard of, and even fewer have actually visited. My family, Vincentians for over 200 years, truly lived the classic island lifestyle. And that included me too. My earliest memories always seem to involve running around barefoot, and at times, naked. So when I moved to Canada at age 5, I quickly learned that shoes and clothing weren’t so optional anymore. To say that was a bit of an adjustment is an understatement!