As I have walked through the various aspects of my journey throughout the years, I have learnt that every experience has had its perfect place in the tapestry of my life. This has allowed me to bring all of who I am and all of who I’ve been to the table and offer it in service to others who will benefit from the lessons and for themselves, bring to the table all they are and have been as they press toward all they were meant to be.
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He nor his loved ones may have known it then, but Damien Marcus Williams’ life had set him on a collision course with destiny and purpose from the onset. The product of a teenage pregnancy and subsequent failed abortion, Damien’s earliest experiences has seen him defying the odds. At age 6, he met his mother for the first time, and by age 9, he had left her house to live with his paternal grandmother.
While his grandmother took care of him, the circumstances at home were less than ideal; shrouded in prejudice and being treated as less than. By the time he was 13 years old, after a confrontation with his grandmother, Damien began living between his father’s house and on his own. It was this situation led to what he describes as ‘an unhealthy relationship with alcohol.’
This would all come to a head, as by age 16, he had a nervous breakdown. Three years later, after the death of his father at age 19, he left his father’s house and went to live fully on his own and began on the path that has led him to where he is today.
Damien would sing in hotels at night and work as a teacher by day. It was here that his life’s journey truly began. He would also host his own radio programme in his native Grenada until hurricane Ivan in 2004 destroyed the station and much of the country’s infrastructure. He is grateful that nothing happened to the house he was renting and notes with a laugh that he slept through the entire duration of the storm. By this time, he had applied to the Jamaica Theological Seminary to pursue a degree in Theology. Due to the storm hitting both Grenada and Jamaica, Damien would arrive in September (approximately a month after school started in August) to pursue his studies.
Currently, Damien serves as a Director of Jamaica Aids Support for Life (JASL), responsible for resource mobilisation.
JASL is the oldest and largest HIV/AIDS response non-governmental organisation in the English-speaking Caribbean.