Championing the creative life
Kerel Pinder (’06)
Kerel Pinder (’06) believes in living a creative life and in helping other people to pursue their creative dreams. Behind her own creativity lies a love of learning. Born in the Bahamas, Pinder obtained a BSc in Psychology from Acadia, a master’s degree in Education from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, and a second master’s degree in Communication and Leadership from Park University. In 2016, she completed an eight-week screenwriting course at the New York Film Academy’s Los Angeles campus.
Since the beginning of 2018, she has been Managing Director of Island Dreams Management, a company based in Freeport, the Bahamas, that focuses on brand management. Pinder uses her skills in storytelling, motivational speaking and event planning to help creative individuals and organizations tell their stories and manage their brand.
She is also an author, TEDx Talk speaker, and playwright. In her work and personally, Pinder is an advocate for the creative life. Over the years, she has produced a reality web series, a motivational memoir and four successful stage plays. In 2010, she was one of three finalists in the Freeport Players’ Guild Young Playwriters Competition. In 2014, she established herself as a successful playwright with the debut of Sarah’s Wedding, which won the Freeport Players’ Guild award for Best Overall Production and was nominated for a Bahamian Icon award in 2015. In 2016, Pinder released her first book, The One Year Challenge: A New Journey towards Love, Purpose and Courtship, and in 2017, she recorded an inspirational TEDx Talk, “What if I became a creative?”
“Acadia gave me my foundation and the skills I needed to fly. It is because of the leadership roles, networks and education that I gained at Acadia that I am where I am today. Providing the support to make this dream possible for others is simply the way I choose to say thank you!”
“Acadia gave me my foundation and the skills I needed to fly,” she says. “It is because of the leadership roles, networks and education that I gained at Acadia that I am where I am today. Providing the support to make this dream possible for others is simply the way I choose to say thank you!”
At Acadia, Pinder learned to fight for what she believed in. She served as both the Bahamian and the international student representatives. When she took office as international student rep, she was told that they would be losing their office space. “This news was very upsetting to me,” she says, “so I met with every person that I needed to in order to make sure this was not my reality. After several weeks of putting my foot down and laying out exactly why this office was necessary, we saved the international student office space. I will never forget this, because fighting for my dreams is an extremely big part of who I am today.”
Lifelong friendships were another important part of Acadia life. “The bond I formed with my two best friends was birthed out of our experiences at Acadia,” she says. “We were blessed with an intimate setting that allowed us to really bond, laugh and share unforgettable memories together. From homecoming to international student banquets to late game nights in Tully, Cutten and Chase, Acadia made us and life sustained us.”