Environment and development
in coastal regions and in small islands
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   Profiles of the Contributors

Joy Rudder (née Cobham) is a writer and photographer. Born in Trinidad, she completed a B.A. in Mass Communications and Social Sciences and a Diploma in Environmental Studies and Resource Management at the Jamaica and Barbados campuses of the University of the West Indies. Her first book, Our Native Land, was published in 1991 by the United Nations Environment Programme, Nairobi. She co-authored A Strategy for Environmental Education and Communications for the Caribbean, published by the Caribbean Conservation Association and the Canadian International Development Agency. She wrote an environmental column for Caribbean Week newspaper from 1989-91 followed by a later mini-series called Travellers’ Tales. Joy has worked as a writer and short term environmental education consultant for the United Nations Development Programme, the Pan American Health Organisation, Panos and other developmental agencies. She has toured several European countries and, since marriage, has explored most of the Caribbean and much of North America extensively. At present, she is based in Vancouver where she is completing a Masters of Christian Studies, in the inter-disciplinary/Arts Thesis programme at Regent College in British Columbia.

Detta van Aardt was raised in Kenya, where early in life she developed a love and reverence for nature. She is a graduate of the Faculty of Art and Architecture of the University College of Nairobi. With her husband, the family moved to Jamaica, where she taught art. In Trinidad from 1978, Detta has settled into a life involving painting, producing artwork, teaching, caring for animals and the environment. She has worked for Caribbean organisations and others as a freelance illustrator. She has also tutored Advance Level art students. She works in a variety of media, watercolour, oil, lino print and batik. Some of her large mosaic pieces are in private collections in Kenya, and she exhibits in many art galleries and sells her work in Trinidad. Detta also finds time to operate a small wildlife rehabilitation/hospice unit she has set up at her home.

Yvette Louison lays claim to a unique Caribbean heritage. Her mother, an indigenous Dominican Carib, is a successful agriculturist and entrepreneur; her father, the famed Trinidad landscape artist Dermot Louison. A graduate of Holy Name Convent, Yvette has combined the worlds of art and business and is an accomplished computer graphic artist. 

Ken McAllister was born and grew up in the picturesque province of British Columbia, Canada, the first of eight boys. He is a qualified graphic designer and specialises in web site production. A lover of many forms of music, he has a penchant for Celtic rhythms and is a talented drummer and percussionist.

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