Introduction & AMBITIONS
Ms La-Toya Mathew is
a 25 year old student, pursuing a Bachelor's of Science degree in
Hospitality and Tourism Management at Florida International
University (FIU ) in North Miami.
Elegant, beautiful and talented, La-Toya achieved 1st Runner up
in the highly touted 2007, Miss Anguilla competition.
She has a vibrant personality and its with
pleasure we feature her on AnguillaLNT.
IN Her OWN WORDS
From a tender age I have
always been a very high-spirited, sociable and affable
individual, who is simply passionate about life. Hence, my keen
interest in extra curricular activities sometimes more so than
curricular! I did strike that balance, but my extra curricular
activities always meant more to me. As a result, I was a very
active member of numerous groups throughout my primary and
secondary years, as evidenced by quite an extensive list. Some
of my fondest childhood memories are of the many Girl Guide
hiking trips where we were taught and practiced survival and
cultural skills such as “cookin’ on di rocks,” which has
certainly assisted young ladies like myself in many ways of self
Likewise, my interest and love for theatre arts particularly
dance and drama, developed through my involvement in groups at
church and with both theatre companies, later manifested itself
into an interest and love for culture, festivity and pageantry.
Through my participation and success in local and regional
competitions and my recent endeavor, The Miss Anguilla Pageant,
as well as through other extra curricular activities, I was able
to significantly contribute to my country, community, other
contestants and the youth of Anguilla as a positive role model.
Personally, these positive accomplishments have helped me to
enhance my communication abilities, increase my self awareness,
esteem and confidence to immeasurable heights.
My recent accomplishment, contestant and 1st Runner up in the
2007 Ms. Anguilla Pageant, would not have been possible without
the continuous love and support from family especially my sister
Nicky, my biggest fan and brother Andy, sponsors, friends and
well wishers. I Love you all and THANK YOU for assisting me in
successfully accomplishing my goal.
I express however, sincerest appreciation to my mom Carol; a
woman who defines strength of character, love and faith and
whose strong Christian and family values and teachings has
undoubtedly molded me into the beautiful, talented, ambitious,
focused and blessed child of God I am today.
I am a lover of the arts -
performing arts, primarily a variety of ethnic and modern
dances, interior design, decor, traveling and exploring the
world, reading artistic, historic and cultural literature
as well as interacting with persons from different cultures,
interests and similar backgrounds. I also have a keen
interest for food and wines, coupled with a skillful culinary
Favourite Quotations and words of
"The Challenges of today teach us the
lessons by which we live tomorrow".
"Obstacles are those frightful things
you see when you take your eyes of your goal.” Henry Ford.
"If you don’t pay the price day-in and
day-out, you never achieve true mastery of subjects you
study or develop an educated mind.” Stephen R. Covey.
"When you come to the end of your
rope, tie a knot and hang on.” Franklin D. Roosevelt.
"The future belongs to those that
believe in the beauty of their dreams.” Eleanor Roosevelt.
"I will say of the LORD, He is my
refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.” Psalms
mottos that guide her life
“Never give up on your dreams, dream and dream ‘big’!, Stay
focused and do not surround one’s self with negativity but
rather words of wisdom and encouragement. Dedication is always
rewarded and confidence never goes un-noticed, so stand tall and
continue to reach for the stars!!!”
Ms La-Toya Mathew -
Student F.I.U. Miami, Florida. ( Pic
Florida International University (FIU), North Miami, 2007-2009,
pursing a Bachelors of Science Degree in Hospitality & Tourism
H. Lavity Stoutt Community College, Tortola-British Virgin
Islands 2004-2006, Associates Degree in Hospitality Management,
Dean's List 2005-2006
2007 – 2009: La-Toya currently maintains a 3.5 Grade Point
Albena Lake-Hodge Comprehensive School, Anguilla, 1994-1999,
O-level studies, Most Improved Student Award, CXC passes
including distinctions in typing and information technology.
Valley Primary School (Anguilla)
Intern at the CuisinArt Resort and Spa, Food and Beverage and
August - December 2006: Government of Anguilla, Senior
October - December 2006: Pumphouse Restaurant, Waitress
January-December 2005: Fort Burt Hotel, Tortola,
Functions and Events
April 2001-December 2003: Government of Anguilla,
August 1999-April 2001: Sonesta Beach Resort and Villas,
Summer 1999: Summer Job Placement at Sonesta Beach Resort
Hotel, Food and Travel Association (HFTA),
Club Management Association of America
Student Organisation Council (SOC),
Intervarsity (IV) Campus Christian
H. Lavity Stoutt Community College:
Student Government Association (SGA),
Student Representative 2005-2006.
Hospitality Club, secretary 2004-2005
Albena Lake-Hodge Comprehensive School:
Interact Club, Debating Society,
Yellow House Team Member, Organising committee and performer
for Lunch-time theatre, Member of the Brownie and Girl
Other involvement in Church,
Theatre Arts Groups include: Children\'s Church
Association at the Christian Fellowship Church particularly
the Friendship Club & Majestic Dancers; Member and performer
of the Apple Theater, Sunshine Theater.
Social/Community groups and events
including: Optimist talent competition,1998 2nd Place;
Miss Caribbean Commercial Bank Talented Teen winner
1998-1999; Representative in the Miss Caribbean Talented
Teen Pageant 1998, 3rd Runner- up; Miss Leeward Islands
Talented Teen 1999 1st Runner-up; The Miss Anguilla
Pageant 2007, 1st Runner-up.
dated October 1, 2007