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Written by Traci O'Dea   
Thursday, 06 September 2012

Back to School!

After three and a half years with the company, I’m saying goodbye to aLookingGlass and going back to school. I have decided to share my passion for writing and the English language with the students of the H Lavity Stoutt Community College, and I will start teaching there just in time for the new school year. But I guess it’s not really goodbye to aLookingGlass as I’m sure I’ll regularly pop in to check on the gang on my way home from the college.

I am so grateful to aLG for all the opportunities I’ve had while working for the company. It feels great to work for a firm that does such good work—by “good work,” I mean both work of the highest standard and work that benefits the Virgin Islands. The company creates designs and publications that not only promote the islands but also serve to protect and preserve these islands that we love.

 While working at aLookingGlass, I’ve been involved in awareness-raising projects such as the BVI Marine Awareness Guide, written conservation articles on Reef Check and Old Government House Museum, assisted in publications for the Jost Van Dykes Preservation Society, spread the word about fundraising efforts such as the Virgin Islands Winemakers Dinners and An-Tiki’s raft crossing, and edited the children’s novel The Eye of the Storm—which benefits Special Olympics BVI.

But it hasn’t all been about philanthropic efforts. For the sake of writing or publishing assignments, I’ve sailed, snorkeled, SCUBA dived, received spa treatments, visited private islands, power kayaked, eaten delicious meals, thrown parties, stepped aboard superyachts, been pampered at luxury rental villas, consumed too many glasses of wine, and met countless unforgettable people. (I also maybe flew a plane for a few minutes, but I don’t think I’m supposed to mention that.)

 In addition to the amazing personalities I’ve met on assignment or through publishing projects, I’ve also had the privilege of working with one of the most creative, encouraging, intelligent and forward-thinking staffs in the Virgin Islands. Sure, we butted heads from time to time, but that typically lead to improved, synthesized results. Colin, Nick, Owen, Dan, Frankie, Kiya, Richard, Stephen and Maya have made the past three and a half years at aLG fulfilling and fun. I’ve loved hosting company functions—from our Holiday Open Houses to the premier of Alice in Wonderland to the epic Taste: Recipes from Acclaimed BVI Restaurants & Chefs launch party at Old Government House Museum—mainly because my coworkers stepped up, helped out and kept my glass half full.

I’m looking forward to sharing the skills I’ve honed as a professional editor, journalist and book publisher with my students. Who knows, I might even be teaching a future editor of Virgin Islands Property & Yacht.

Class is now in session…

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