Founder/CEO: Michael C. Smith
Michael founded Leonard Communication several years ago when he published "Caribbean Voice Magazine". In addition to his interest in publishing, he is an avid photographer. Michael has been photographing Boston's Trinidad Style Carnival for over 15 years. He has also photographed interesting sites around New England, as well as locations across the USA. Michael enjoys many hours listening to music. He is currently working on his second photography exhibition -- "Steelpan University".
Michael was invited to join the Caribbean American Carnival Association in 1997.He served two years as a recording secretary and helped with annual operations for the next eight years. Upon leaving the organization, he organized and conducted the first survey on Boston Carnival in 2005 and published the results (Boston Carnival: Photographic Essay and Survey). Additionally, he also did the first photography exhibition on Boston Carnival entitled "Streets of Color"; and was instrumental in organizing the first "behind the scenes" interview with WCVB TV Channel 5 Newscaster, Pam Cross. Michael was featured on Urban Update on WHDH TV Channel 7- Host: Alberto Vasallo III where he and other guests spoke about Boston's Trinidad Style Carnival and the need for support and sponsors. He was also a guest on City Line with Karen Holmes Ward WCVB TV5 , Boston
Today, Michael continues to promote Boston Carnival and seeks sponsors for the bandleaders. He is also the publisher of Boston Carnival Village magazine and author/webmaster of this website. Michael graduated in 1983 from Northeastern University in Boston with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electronic Engineering. #bostoncarnivalvillage
Editor: Arlette Wiggins
In June, 2015, I accepted the position of Editor at Boston Carnival Village. Several things influenced my decision. I was drawn to the organization because its founder and CEO, Mr. Michael C. Smith, is passionate about promoting the culture of Trinidad and Tobago, something I can strongly identify with. The position as editor, I felt would give me the opportunity to stay connected with my heritage and culture, while sharing the experience with others. I love words, yes, words!!!...and the English Language, so again, the opportunity to edit gave me a chance to get involved with my culture while doing something I love. The importance of reading, writing, and being able to express myself verbally and in print was instilled in me from a young age, so again, there was no hesitation when asked. On a lighter note, I explore my creative side, by writing on the weekends. I am also, a steelpan fanatic, so I spend many hours, every day listening to and enjoying pan music. Pan jazz, classic, gospel, soca, I love them all.
Regarding my professional life, I lead a small team through the admissions and enrollment management process. Another passion of mine, which is education. I hold a Master's Degree in Management with an emphasis in Change Leadership, and spend my days assisting others in accomplishing their educational goals. My main philosophy in life, is to live it to the fullest, use your talent and ability to make the world a better place for all!