Our goal is to support and empower Abaco as it recovers, rebuilds and rises by creating a one-stop source of clear, accurate and timely information. We support the growth of local businesses, introduce potential visitors to Abaco and give them tools to plan memorable vacations, and provide second homeowners with the information they need to invest wisely and enjoy their Abaco experience.
ABOUT AMANDA DIEDRICK
A ninth-generation Bahamian who counts Loyalist Wyannie Malone and pirate Matthew Lowe among her ancestors, Amanda is the author of Those Who Stayed: The Tale of the Hardy Few Who Built Green Turtle Cay. The book details the fascinating, often surprising history of a small out island that would play an important role in shaping modern Bahamian life.
A writer for nearly three decades, Amanda’s work has appeared in Canadian, American and Bahamian publications, the latter including Abaco Life, the Abaconian and the Nassau Tribune. From 2013-2020, she wrote Little House by the Ferry – a blog all about Green Turtle Cay, and predecessor to the Abaco Sun.
Amanda has written extensively about various aspects of the Bahamian experience, including the troubling plight of the Bahamian Queen Conch, challenges faced by Bahamian families with disabled children, the Bahamas Special Olympics organization, the Bahamas DNA project, Bahamian genealogical research, local cuisine and culture, and — more recently — about the effects of Hurricane Dorian on Abaco and the region’s efforts to recover and rebuild.
She serves as Historian and Special Events Coordinator for Green Turtle Cay’s Albert Lowe Museum, and is a former Membership Administrator for the online Bahamas Genealogy Group.
In her free time, she enjoys unravelling her tangled Bahamian and Jamaican roots and collecting historic books about the Bahamas. Her goals include photographing every inhabited Bahamian island and perfecting her guava duff recipe.
ABOUT TOM WALTERS
Tom’s parents claim that – prophetically — his first two words were “camera” and “typewriter.”
At just 15, he began his media career as a part-time, on-air reporter with Victoria, B.C.’s CJVI radio. For four decades, he’s worked in Canadian television news, covering events from the crash of Swissair 111 off Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia to the death of Kobe Bryant in Los Angeles.
Tom’s covered the Route 91 shooting in Las Vegas, and terrorist attacks in San Bernardino, Christchurch and Istanbul. He’s reported from fourteen Atlantic hurricanes and from Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. He’s covered several of California’s worst wildfires and three major earthquakes: Northridge, California, Haiti, and Fukushima, Japan.
He’s also reported on four American presidential elections, two space shuttle launches, the protests in Ferguson, Missouri, and the birth of Prince George, heir to the throne. And he’s covered a dozen Academy Award ceremonies, the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver and the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
Over the years, Tom’s work has been recognized with awards including twenty Southern California Journalism Awards, four National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards, and Gold and Silver World Medals from the New York Festivals. He won British Columbia’s prestigious Jack Webster Award and a Canadian Association of Journalists Award for Investigative Reporting. And he’s won the Radio, Television and Digital News Association (RTDNA) Canada’s Sam Ross Award for Commentary three of the four years it’s been presented.
Outside of work, Tom’s a gadget geek and photographer who loves SCUBA diving in the Bahamas and fishing anywhere. Amanda has conferred upon him honourary Bahamian status because he makes the best conch chowder of anyone she knows, and he introduced her to a Bahamian classic, sheep tongue souse.