About Stacey Alvarez de la Campa
I joined Island Innovation in July of 2021, after being an Island Innovation Ambassador since January of the same year. I started off as Content Manager and was responsible for, among other things, organising sponsorships, content strategy design and implementation, reviewing social media channels, and creating content to promote specific Island Innovation events. Eventually I was given the opportunity to lead all of Island Innovation’s community programs, which include the Ambassador Program, the Academic Council, and the Fellowship Program. My additional duties include organising and conducting training sessions for the Island Innovation Ambassadors, as well as highlighting their achievements and facilitating their participation in Island Innovation events. I also coordinate the activities and contributions of the educational institutions who are members of the Academic Council, and organise the applicants to our Fellowship Program, to whom I assign specific duties.
One of the best things about working with Island Innovation is the opportunity to work with like-minded and supportive colleagues who facilitate each others’ efforts to enhance the ability of island communities to operate collaboratively, and thereby become more sustainable and resilient. I am quite enthusiastic and driven, so it is wonderful to work with colleagues who match and encourage my enthusiasm and relentless positivity!
I was born in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and my family moved to Barbados when I was about 4 years old. From an early age, I loved nature and exploring, and became an aspiring environmental activist, when such a thing was quite unheard of in Barbados! After I completed my Cambridge A-Level studies at Queen’s College, I became an exchange student with the organization American Field Service (AFS) and moved to Denmark. I have to say that being an exchange student was one of the best decisions I made in my life! I gained lifelong friends, learned a new language, and came to appreciate an entirely different culture. I also became more resilient and adaptable, and learned to truly appreciate the fact that, despite the perceived barriers of culture and language, people all over the world share the same desire to connect at an authentic level, and forge meaningful relationships.
In Denmark I indulged my interest in Scandinavian mythology, studying Nordic literature at The University of Odense, before returning to Barbados to complete an undergraduate degree in Literatures in English at the University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus. Here, I also completed an undergraduate degree in Law.
My passion for the environment has led to other significant career achievements: I was contracted with the University of Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance as an educational consultant with the Ocean Explorers Programme, and was also an Environmental Education Expert with Omnis Education. Recently, I was appointed as the Vice-Chair of the Bureau of Standards Jamaica Correctional Services Technical Committee. I am a member of the 2021-2022 cohort of the Anant Fellowship for Climate Action, have successfully completed Climate Leadership Training with the Climate Reality Project, and am jointly certified in Climate Law and Governance by The University of Cambridge, The Centre for International Sustainable Development Law, and the Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law. I have been invited to provide insights into the effects of climate change on human rights in the Caribbean during consultations with UN Special Rapporteur, David Boyd.
I am the mother of an amazing son, CJ, who makes my life a wonderful adventure, and I live with my family and my five awesome cats, Lovington, Leo, Luna, Luscious and Moxie.
I love writing,and I have written articles on climate change and social issues for a number of publications, including Global Voices and The Elephant Journal. My hobbies include surfing, weight training, running, reading, writing, equestrian sports, and hiking.
Surprising fact: I am a champion equestrian, and have represented Barbados regionally and internationally in show jumping competitions.