Trevor McDonald is our talented Director of Residences at Jumby Bay Island in Antigua, West Indies. He has the pleasure and privilege of living and working in a Caribbean paradise. We wanted to find out more about life from his perspective, so we asked him a few questions. Read on to learn more.
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
A peaceful world with racial harmony and equality, peace and justice for all.
What is your greatest achievement?
Being a father and raising my two sons to become independent thinkers. I am especially proud given all of the outside influences in today’s world. I am proud of the men that I see them becoming.
If you could have any other special talent, what would it be?
I would love to be an accomplished musician. I love the piano and bass guitar. I love the reggae music of the 60’s 70’s 80’s and early 90’s. My favourite bands and musicians include Earth, Wind & Fire, Third World and Stevie Wonder. I wish when my mother sent me to music lessons as a boy, that I had actually gone—and taken them seriously.
What is your biggest fear?
That something could happen to one of my children.
What is your favourite hobby?
Music is my passion. Creating and listening to music—and watching cricket. I am also getting into gardening, and I have a passion for dogs.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
There honestly isn’t anything that I would change about myself, but I do regret not taking music more seriously when I was younger.
What is your motto?
“Live and let live.” For me, it’s all about respecting and valuing people for who they are, regardless of what walk of life they come from.
If you could be anyone other than yourself, who would you be?
No one else! Yes, there are people that I admire because of their achievements and their life story—Bob Marley, Stevie Wonder and Nelson Mandela, to name a few—but I can honestly say that I love the person I am.
What you like most about your job?
I enjoy being a mentor to younger Antiguans and Barbudans, and being able to influence their career trajectory and personal development. It is rewarding to see them grow. That’s where I find the most joy.
If you weren’t Director of Residences, what would you be?
I would be more involved in politics from the perspective of effecting policy for the benefit of the country. Perhaps as an Advisor or Consultant…
Learn more about the magnificent Jumby Bay Island resort here.