Miss Carencia Rouse is 25 years old and was born in Anguilla. Having been raised on an island of insurmountable beauty, Carencia developed an interest in nature and the environment from an early age. This interest later developed into a burning passion that compelled Carencia to set out in pursuit of higher education to establish herself as a qualified contributor to this field of study. In 2010, Carencia graduated from the Albena Lake Hodge Comprehensive School with an Associate’s Degree in General Studies which qualified her to be later named Island Scholar. In 2011 she began undergraduate studies at Carleton University in Canada. During the four years she spent engaging in a wide range of interdisciplinary theory at this esteemed institution, Carencia developed a second passion for issues related to gender, marginalization and inequality and was pleasantly surprised that her two academic interests were mutually reinforcing. In 2015, Carencia graduated from Carleton University with a First Class Bachelor of Arts Honours in Environmental Studies and a Minor in Women’s and Gender Studies. Upon returning home, she began working at the Department of Environment as the Coordinator of Conservation Education. Raising environmental awareness in Anguilla and reducing vulnerability to climate change impacts sum up Carencia’s work at the Department of Environment as she believes that environmental conservation is as important as social development and economic growth. As such, most of Carencia’s community involvement has been focused on remediating beach pollution, especially during the Sargassum invasion of 2015.

Summer 2016 brought great blessings for Carencia. She was ready to begin her Master’s journey upon being awarded a Chevening Scholarship and establishing herself as an ambassador for Anguilla. In yet another display of ambition, Carencia competed in the Miss Anguilla Pageant and was crowned Miss Anguilla 2016. Carencia is currently enrolled at the University of Oxford, completing the final stage of her Master’s in Nature, Society and Environmental Governance before she graduates in November of this year. In addition to her academic achievements, Carencia has established herself as an Elite member of From Within Dance Company for eight years where she combines two of her favourite hobbies- dancing and listening to music. During other moments of leisure, Carencia enjoys her third hobby, getting lost in the works of her favourite authors, Dan Brown and Sandra Brown, whose passion for their work translates effortlessly in their writing and compels Carencia to live vicariously through the characters in their books. While there is no individual that Carencia admires most, she is inspired by powerful female academics including Judith Butler and Donna Haraway.

With a personality that is cultivated by commitment, ambition and the relentless pursuit of whatever makes her happy, Carencia envisages a career as a regional consultant on environmental governance to help Anguilla and other Caribbean countries establish and improve their environmental resilience and sustainability through effective and context specific environmental initiatives. What lies at the center of Carencia’s success and plans for her future is the heartfelt belief that she can do all things through Christ who strengthens her.