My Montserrat: Veta Wade
Veta Wade is a passionate Montserratian, who returned home in 2011 to contribute to the island’s redevelopment. She is the founder of AQUA Montserrat, a community based ocean conservation business. Veta’s main focus is on designing ocean education experiences for schools and communities to stimulate community awareness of our ocean backyards.
Describe Montserrat in three words.
Mystical. Beautiful. Pure.
Which area are you from?
Happy Hill, Salem – born and raised.
What is your favourite traditional dish?
Goat Water and dinner rolls.
What is your favourite childhood memory?
Moments in nature, chasing butterflies, making tents between the trees and having picnics in my mom’s garden.
What was your favourite subject in high school?
Which local activist/personality do you admire the most, and why?
The person I admire the most is my father, Arthur Meade, a very patriotic Montserratian, who despite suffering severe burns in an eruption in 1997, has never left or wished to leave the island. He promised to be the last man on the last boat, should that time ever come. He is also very passionate about keeping Montserrat clean, as an environmental activist.
What is your favourite restaurant?
Olveston House, great service and food every time.
Where would you recommend as a ‘must go’ to a first time visitor to Montserrat?
AQUA Montserrat, Little Bay, to experience cultural and underwater adventures.
Where do you go to kick back and relax with family and friends?
At home, we are blessed to live on this beautiful island where our backyard is a blissful place to be, day or night.
What major developments would you like to see happen in Montserrat in the next 20 years?
I would like to see our island be established as one of the first green nations in the Caribbean.