February 7, 1978 Renée Smith was born to Garfield and Delora Smith. She was raised in the Parham Community.
Ms. Smith’s secondary foundation was at the Antigua Girls’ High School before attending the Caribbean Union College where she earned a BSc Behavioural Science, with a Minor in Music (emphasis on voice training and choral conducting). She continued her academic pursuits with UWI – MSC Counselling and a Post Graduate Diploma in Education. She is presently a PhD candidate at Walden University pursuing a doctoral degree in Education.
Ms Smith is a member of the International Psychology Honours Society as well as a member of International Society of Leaders.
Renée’s community service includes service to her church community in many areas including as Pathfinders Director.
Her musical training (early years of piano training) and her keen knowledge has served the many church choirs that have benefitted from her direction.
Renée’s national service has been dominated by her duties as Choir Director for the Antigua and Barbuda National Youth Choir from its establishment in 2004 to present. In this capacity, Ms. Smith has overseen the continuity of the Choir. The National Youth Choir (NYC) is one of the flagship institutions for harnessing youth talent in Antigua and Barbuda.
During Ms. Smith’s tenure as NYC Choir Director the choir has had several touring opportunities, the high point of which was travelling to London (fully-funded trip by the Commonwealth Office) in 2018 to perform for Commonwealth Day and a host of other events. This trip was a result of the Choir outperforming fifty-one (51) choirs from other Commonwealth nations to emerge joint winners of The Commonwealth Community Choir Competition in 2016.
Ms. Smith joined the teaching fraternity in 1995 and has been working as a school counsellor from 2002 to present. She is currently an adjunct lecturer at UWI- Five Islands Campus.
In 2012, Renee was the recipient of the National Youth Award for the Performing Arts.
Renee thrives on sharing with young people, in her words, ‘the value of being involved in positive activities’.