Meet Joanna Louis-Parker, a Bahamian postgraduate student of the UWI Cave Hill who is one of the contributors behind the scenes providing content that keeps the CHN relevant to you and your work. Joanna is currently pursuing her MA in History.
Beginning with a teaching career in Education, I have taught both History and Geography to junior and high school students. It became apparent during my years in the classroom, that history like all subjects needed a practical element. I began then to explore heritage as a means of enhancing my teaching. This exploration led me to contemplate moving into the field fully. Investigating heritage allowed me to understand all of the disciplines involved and the importance of this work to national, community and individual development.
I worked as a Museum Educator briefly, combining both my love for history and education. In furthering my career, I decided to pursue my postgraduate degree in history at The University of the West Indies Cave Hill campus. After joining the Department of History and Philosophy as a student, I was afforded the opportunity to work along with the Caribbean Heritage Network (CHN) as a content manager.
In my view, the CHN is a revolutionary network that brings together all of the various disciplines relating to heritage and creates a nexus of information regarding Caribbean Heritage Practice. This network connects not only geographically proximate countries/territories but also acts as a global resource for Caribbean-based or interested scholars. All of the countries/territories of the Caribbean are individually profiled, and their unique heritage resources are listed and detailed, giving visitors to the site an overview of the rich heritage that exists in the region beyond the ‘sun, sand and sea’ motif. The CHN serves as a resource for teachers and students to find opportunities for research and study, for academics to research and find forums to present research as well as for artisans and craftsmen to reach potential clients.
The CHN is more than an online resource, it represents a vast group of interconnected disciplines, interests and people that are needed to support the preservation and promotion of heritage. I am extremely proud to be a part of the Caribbean Heritage Network and the connections I have built through this amazing resource!