Caribbean Essence

Caribbean Essence is a platform that showcases Caribbean individuals who are trendsetting. They are ambassadors of their respective countries who use their talent to uplift their heritage. From music, dance and art; to nutrition, cooking, beauty and lifestyle, they are paving the way.


Caribbean Essence will also feature Caribbean products, services, nutrition tips, recipes as well as tutorials. The blog will embrace and celebrate the diversity of our Caribbean communities, connect locals and the Diaspora and keep its audience engaged by featuring an eclectic array of individuals and providing sound Caribbean content.  We invite you to explore Caribbean Essence and get Connected.

Rachele Viard

My name is Rachele Viard. I was born in Stone Mountain, Georgia. However, during my childhood, I visited Haiti quite often.  These vacations enabled me to connect to my parents homeland and country's vibrant culture.

In 2009, I moved to Haiti and had the privilege to work for Magic Haiti, a local magazine.  Magic Haiti afforded me the opportunity to explore island, discover natural and sites, and meet incredible people.  I was able to use my voice and pen to highlight the magic, charm, and the richness of the Haitian culture and its people.  Through Magic Haiti, we were able to promote tourism and present Haiti in a different light. 

Other Work Experience:  Lakay Weekly and The Haitian Times


The Team

Caroline Auguste    


I was born and raised in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Growing up, I was always intrigued by food. As I was getting ready to head to college, I did not have to ponder for long, I knew that I would pursue a degree that had to do with food and with concerns about being healthy and eating well, nutrition was an easy fit. Upon graduation with a degree in nutrition from the University of Montreal, I worked as a nutritionist in a health and social services center with a multi-ethnic clientele.


My fields of interest are maternal and child health and the prevention and management of chronic diseases including diabetes and hypertension in adults.


My goal is to offer an approach that resembles and meets the needs of my clients in order to ensure a lasting change in eating habits.

Maureen Boyer

I was born in Port-au-Prince Haiti on January 27, 1985. I grew up among musicians, painters, writers, philosophers, and sculptors. At the age of 12 my sister and I moved to New York, where I continued my education. I received a full tuition scholarship through the Posse Program, to attend Dickson College in Carlisle, PA, where I majored in International Studies and minored in Francophone Studies. Upon graduation, I returned to New York City, and worked in marketing and Sales. In December 2009, I decided to move back to Haiti and contribute to the country's growth.


I worked in communications for several NGOs, as well as a writer for Magic Haiti, Haiti's top tourism magazine. In 2013, I wrote a children's book titled ‘Where is Lola?’ which was published by One Moore Book. A publisher that promotes educational books for children from countries with low literacy rates. After living in Haiti for 7 years, I moved back to New York. I am currently working in Operational support for a start up in the city while pursuing my passion for writing.

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