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"If you’re blessed enough to recognize this face, help me flood the internet with all of the vibes she has sent into the universe.
She’s an amazing Mom, loving wife, adoring Auntie, and the best friend you could have.
She has an incredible ability to recognize positive qualities in any person, and the positive (or the lesson) in any situation.
Her attitude, smile, and laughter make this world a better place."
Shelly, today is your day to shine. You’ve shown us all how far a little kindness can go in this crazy world and we’re sending it all back to surround you today.
Love & Happiest Birthday Wishes
This young lady with the soft warm brown eyes has lots to celebrate these last couple of months. She is finally a proud grade 12 graduate! She started the Adult Learning Program at NSCC in 2016. She was a part-time student for almost four years due to life, and her own mental health struggles. After congratulating her on this milestone accomplishment, I asked her how she felt. “Now I can say I have finally made it, and I am a grade 12 graduate at the age of 25! I couldn’t be more proud of myself,” she smiled and continued, “I didn’t think I was ever going to get here because I struggled so much. It is definitely a huge accomplishment!”
Brittany struggles with high functioning anxiety, depression, a touch of PTSD, and borderline personality disorder. She credits her biggest cheerleaders for giving her the love, and support she needed to accomplish her goal. “My boyfriend and I will be celebrating our 5 year anniversary in August, and I am so happy with him. I also have an 8 year old son who is my world,” she beamed. I asked, “What is one of your fondest memories of your time at school?” She smiled, “My teachers. They are all part of my success.” Her advice for others who are thinking about going back to school, “Do it! It’s not easy going back as an adult, but it’s the best decision you will ever make.”
This strong, determined, gracious young lady told me her life’s motto is “just take things day by day.” I couldn’t agree more as it is important to live in the moment. I asked, “What do you enjoy?” She replied, “I love to go for walks on trails or around the duck pond, I love swimming, I’m a Netflix addict, I have a tea mug addiction, I’m an animal lover” she laughed, “and I love to sleep!”
Before ending our conversation, Brittany thanked me many times for chatting with her. “I try my best, and I appreciate you noticing by just listening to me. You don’t even realize how much that means to me, and I appreciate all your kind words, “she said. Once again, my heart was full of gratitude for having the opportunity to speak with this amazing young lady. Brittany, I do not know you personally, but I can tell you that I am very proud of you. You are truly an inspiration. Congratulations 2020 Grad!
This married mom of a 15 year old son is a woman of many talents. She is a successful local entrepreneur, coach and mentor to woman in business, perennial gardener, loves to rug hook, play piano and guitar, and loves riding her motorcycle!
Karey is one half of the dynamic duo who owns and operates HealthWalks - Podiatry Clinic and Shoe Store. The other is her husband, Richard. Their store in New Glasgow just passed its 20 year milestone, and their second location in Truro celebrated its first year anniversary in May. “Entrepreneurial blood runs through my veins. I was brought up in a self-employed family,” she smiled. “What’s it like working with your husband?” I asked. “It’s everything! He just gets it. We’re on the same page. It’s the ultimate trust and teamwork.” She laughed, “Having said that, there are days he drives me crazy.”
Karey and Richard employ 6 staff, and 2 reflexology contractors between both stores. Their son, Marcus, also lends a hand. “He helps out with cleaning, Sale Days, and back end marketing on social media,” she said. “Do you think he also has the entrepreneurial blood in his veins?” I asked. She smiled proudly, “I am under no illusion he will take over our business. He takes after me in his stubbornness so I think he would want to build something himself.”
I wondered what this honest, driven, passionate woman would do if she could retire tomorrow. She replied, “Travel....see more of the world. I haven’t been around Europe other than Prague, and I would like to visit Greece.” I love Greek food! “What is your favourite food?” I asked. She laughed, “All food is my favourite as long as I don’t have to make it!”
Everyone has a “secret dream” that they don’t always share with others; like being a rock star. I asked her to tell me something about herself that most people don't know about her. She quickly answered, “I’d like to do stand-up comedy!....and politics.” She laughed, “One in the same really!” Who would she love to see live? Chris Rock with Jim Carrey of course! I think George Eliot said it best with his quote, “You are never too old to be what you might have been.” Follow your dream Karey. I promise to get a ticket to your show and cheer you on.
It sure was a pleasure chatting with this lovely young woman. She is inspiring, determined, motivated, strong, kind,and much more. One thing she said really stuck with me, “Having high functioning autism doesn’t define me. I think I prove that quite well, and show people that anyone can do anything.” I agree completely Courtney. I also believe that there is nothing you cannot do. Thank you for reminding all of us to live life to the fullest.
“My Step Dad may not have given me life, but he’s definitely made my life better. My father passed away 11 years ago, and left a huge hole in my heart. Dave has filled it, and I couldn’t be more grateful. I believe that family isn’t always about blood, but it’s about committed and love.
Dad is such an amazing husband to my mother, and an incredible father to Julia, Tyler and I. I can always count on him to be here for me. I appreciate him so much, even if he’s a Toronto Maple Leafs fan…LOL.”
Love you Dave! Hope you have a great Father’s Day! Kayliegh Xoxox
“Josh has been a stay at home dad for 3 years now looking after our special needs son Joshua. It wasn’t easy, but I was able to train him pretty quick...now the kids prefer his cooking over mine..LOL.
He stepped up to the plate to become an amazing role model and step-father to my daughter Madison when she was 4 years old. We recently welcomed a son, Beckett, in March amongst all the craziness that’s going on in the world.
Josh will do anything for anyone, a great neighbour, father, son, and boyfriend. He keeps us on our toes with his quick wit and sense of humour. He’s the glue that keeps our family together and we couldn’t imagine life without him.”
Wishing you a Happy Father’s Day, and Happy upcoming 35th birthday! P.S. You are halfway to 40! LOL
We love you so much, Chelsea, Madison, Joshua and Beckett. And of course, your fur babies; Nahla, BB and Clem
“We are so lucky to have him as our dad! No matter what the project is he always works hard to support us and keep us happy.
Through the week he can be found selling car parts at Blenkhorn's Auto Recyclers, a place he's loved to work at for sixteen years. Then during the evenings & weekends he will happily be found with our mom who he's been with for sixteen years too and they're typically at a cold hockey rink or a soccer field cheering the four of us on!
He's not afraid to tackle Mom’s ‘Honey Do List’ which has included a lot of home projects...like a huge playhouse for us & a plywood basketball & hockey pad for us too. When he's not working or doing renos bringing our old house up to date, he's playing baseball with us in the field, swimming with us in the pool or watching tv with us before bed.
He coaches us in soccer and hockey and has recently been our only errand do-er thanks to Covid-19. Trying to keep us safe! He happily volunteers on our hockey organization board and helps out at our school too. Over the years he agreed to bring four big ol doggies and a kitty into our family too and never complained. He puts on a shy quiet front but he's a crazy lovable husband, father & friend. He will do anything to keep everyone happy.”
Happy Father’s Day Big Daddy! Love Sebastian, Memphis, Delylah & Preston xoxo
This young man born and raised in Truro, not only has a beautiful bright smile, he also has a beautiful bright positive attitude. I could feel this energy shining through during our recent conversation. He beamed when he shared his love of cars, his family, and friends. “I’ve always had a passion for cars. I’ve met countless friends through the car scene. I guess I’m not the only one that shares the love for them,” he laughed. In addition to his love of cars, he also enjoys hanging out with his friends, having a couple drinks on a Friday night alongside a fire, and loves going to the gym.
His enthusiasm led me to believe there was a story behind his love for the gym, and I was right! This determined, strong, fun-loving guy has lost 120lbs! “Wow! What led you to make the decision to lose 120lbs?” I asked. He replied, “To be honest, I just wasn’t happy with myself so on April 13th, 2017, I woke up and made a change." He continued, “Never doubt your inner ability to do better. I actually have that tattooed on my arm, and I live by it every day.
Alijah has three brothers; one older and two younger. “I was raised by my Mom, “he said. “My dad is originally from Jamaica which makes me half African Nova Scotian,” he said. I asked, “What does your heritage mean to you?” With a warm smile he replied, “It means a lot to be honest.” He continued, “I recently started the application process to get my citizenship for Jamaica. I am very excited to learn more about my culture.”
Since January 2017, Alijah has also been a Big Brother volunteer “I was in the program when I was a young kid, and it’s my way of giving back. It’s a great thing to do. And we’re ALWAYS looking for volunteers!” Well Alijah, you are a wonderful role model, inspiration, and a fine young man. Keep up the great work!
We are kicking off our week long Father & Father Figure Day celebrations with another special message...
“Fraser is a dad to Abbie and Georgia as well as a husband, super team member, and best friend to me. Our daughter Georgia is very special needs and Fraser is half of our super team. For the last 7 years, he has stayed home every weekend with Georgia while I traveled the province with Abbie for her sports. He never has complained and does it with a smile. He misses out on a lot because he always offers to stay home with Georgia.
He has worked every day over the pandemic even while Georgia was in the hospital 3 times. He would go straight from work to the hospital to give me a break, getting home at 10pm every night to get up and do it again. He can do feed pumps, hospital trips, g tube meds and just recently learned to catheterize Georgia.
Fraser is the service manager at MacKay’s Truck and Trailer. He went to school and became a Class A Golf Pro and he ran a golf course for years. He loves to golf, plays hockey a few times a week, volleyball and take Georgia to challenger baseball.
He would give the shirt off his back and give away his last dollar. He thinks about everyone else before himself.”
To us, he is a Number One Daddy and Husband. Enjoy your special day - Love, your wife Kristen
According to Krista’s daughter Shelby, “we act like sisters most of the time” is the best way for her to describe their close knit relationship. “My mom has always put maximum effort into making my life as good as she possibly could even though she was a very young mother. I think we collectively inspire each other and push each other to do new things, which brings us even closer,” she smiled. Her mom couldn’t agree more and added, “Shelby inspires me to speak up when there is injustice and be an ally for those who need someone by their side.” She continued proudly, “She also just finished her first year of a Health Sciences Degree at ST. FX and plans to go into medicine.”
Being an ally for those in need is something that Krista and Shelby enjoying doing by volunteering at the Truro Homeless Outreach Society – Hub House. Krista said, “Shelby was actually the one who suggested we volunteer together at Hub House. I loved volunteering with THOS so much that I decided to join the Board of Directors in September.” Shelby added, “I love the relationships you build, and the amazing stories and advice I gather from the guests. At this point, it’s just like another extended family.”
I wondered what some of their hobbies were. “I am a Harley rider, obsessed with dogs, love hiking, exploring, travel and any outdoor adventures, yoga and music, “said Krista. “I love working out, hiking, socializing with friends and of course spending lots of time with my dog, Summer, “Shelby added. “What is your favourite food Krista?” She laughed, “I really dislike cooking so I love anything I don’t have to cook myself!” Shelby laughed too, “Hmm, anything with melted cheese.” They are both music lovers; Krista’s all-time favourite band is Fleetwood Mac while Shelby prefers The Glorious Sons.
“Dad I would like to thank you for helping to make me the person I am today, and for continuing to teach and support me. Also, Kaylynn couldn’t ask for a better Grampie.”
Enjoy your special day - Love, your daughter, Ashley
Pictured: Ashley (L), Kaylynn, (M), and Greg (R)
I first met Kristen when she sent us a photo and story of her oldest daughter, Abbie, for our 2020 Grads feature. We struck up a conversation that went beyond the details of participating in the Grad feature. In addition to telling me more about Abbie, she shared more personal details of her life. I quickly developed an admiration for this kind, strong, dedicated, married mother of two.
Kristen has been married to her amazing husband, Fraser, since 2010 and they have two beautiful daughters; Abbie and Georgia. Before Georgia was born, Kristen worked as an Early Childhood Educator in Truro. “When she was 4 months old, we realized she was sick. I left my job, and I’ve been home taking care of her since.” She continued, “Once we realized she was only one of 5 in the world with her condition, and how hard our lives were going to be, I experienced a lot of anxiety.” I could only imagine what she must have felt like in those first few months. I asked, “how did you overcome your anxiety?” She smiled, “My husband and I are an amazing team and without him there is no way I could do it. I also joined a local gym and started exercising. I lost 60 plus pounds and I’ve never looked back!”
Kristen credits exercise for saving her mental health. In addition to working out 5 - 6 times per week, she also enjoys playing volleyball, slow pitch, ball hockey, and trail and mud runs. “Working out is my therapy. I’m in the best shape of my life. I actually workout in the hospital,” she said. Kristen has been at the hospital with Georgia three times during the Covid-19 pandemic with stays up to 10 days. “It’s been long, and lonely with no visitors allowed. However, I do get to help other families who have children with special needs or rare genetic disorders which brings me joy,” she smiled.
I wondered if I could wave a magic wand, what Kristen’s "perfect day" would look like. “My perfect day would be walking down to the Farmers Market with my husband and both girls, drinking coffee, and chatting with everyone. I would have to include a workout. Then maybe a bonfire with friends and family, “ she smiled. Every day may not be “perfect” but the love she has for her husband and daughters certainly is.
This Mom of two young children has experienced some challenges recently but that does not stop her. Lee-Ann credits her mom for giving her the strengthen she has today. “My mother is the strongest woman I know. She taught me to be independent. She was a single mom before it was acceptable to be a single parent.” I asked, “What’s the best piece of advice your Mom gave you?” She answered proudly, “Don’t ever become reliant on anyone else.” She continued, “I guess that’s why I’ve always been 100% independent becoming a top female provincial triathlete, competing in provincial bodybuilding shows, and buying a house for us.”
Lee-Ann is originally from Toronto but moved to Kentville with her mom when she was young. “I went to Acadia University for my first Bachelor of Science. After Acadia, I was accepted to Dalhousie for a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.” She smiled, “Right after obtaining that Degree, I was offered a full time position delivering babies at the old Truro hospital which I couldn’t say no, so I moved.”
Lee-Ann has been a Registered Nurse in Truro for the past 17 years. She is very physically active and eats well so when she took a heart attack while out running in November; it was a complete surprise! “How has that experience changed you?” I asked. She replied, “The experience definitely changed me. I’ve re-evaluated what is important in life and what isn’t. I am started to feel better. I try to let the small things go and focus on the positive.”
Focusing on the positive for Lee-Ann includes helping others by working at the Covid-19 clinic in Truro. I asked, “How has the Covid-19 pandemic affected or changed you?” She replied, “I’ve always worked in Women and Children’s Health delivering babies, taking care of children and their families. Being able to work front line during this pandemic at the Covid-19 clinics has been a very intense and rewarding experience.”
At the end of our conversation, I felt a sense of gratitude having had the opportunity to chat with this strong, powerful, and truly inspiring woman. One of her life mottos is, “Always have a good story to tell.” Well Lee-Ann, you certainly have a story. Here is to the next chapter including lots of fun, laughs, good health and lots of love
I chatted with Michele a couple of weeks ago while she was excitedly waiting for her mom to arrive at her house. “My mom and I are actually spending the day together and making 60 – 70 liters of spaghetti sauce “she said. I could tell by the excitement in her voice that spending time with her mom is something that she truly enjoys and she is someone that she truly admires. “I would definitely say my mom is my superhero. She’s had a lot of struggles and she always seems so strong. She is always there when we need something…for ourselves or the kids.”
Michele grew up in Kitchener Waterloo area in Ontario but moved to the Truro area 11 years ago with her young daughter to follow her Mom who moved to NS after Michele’s dad passed away. “I didn’t want to raise my daughter so far away from my mom. I wanted my daughter to grow up close to her Grammie, so that is why we moved,” she said. Since that time, Michele married her husband, Matt, two years ago after being together for 6 years. “We both brought a child to the relationship. Lucas is Matt’s son and Jessica is my daughter.” She said. “During speeches at our wedding, Jessica asked Matt to adopt her, and since then he has,” With a warm smile she continued, “Matt may have brought Lucas into the relationship, and even though the option to adopt him is not there, I feel like he is just as much my son as Jessica is my daughter.”
I wondered how this beautiful blended family has been doing during the Covid-19 situation,” I am home full time right now so that definitely helps! Matt has just recently gone back to work which is fantastic! Everyone home full time was tough,” she laughed. “Jessica is a cheerleader and she is a Coach in Training right now and has been helping run the conditioning and stretching classes online. It helps, but she sure is missing seeing her extended Cheer family.” She continued, “Lucas is a goalie and since being locked down, he has not been able to be on the ice. He is struggling with that a lot! He’s obviously an active boy (at 8 who isn’t?) and being tied to the house has been difficult.”
This story reminded me that every family has their ups and downs during this time of Covid-19 uncertainty. But one thing I know for sure, family by blood or by choice, is always a blessing.
We received this message for Connor…
“You currently can find Connor working at Dairy Queen here in Truro. When he is not working, he likes to pursue his other like of soccer (won provincials with his cc riders soccer team) and fishing( he has started to fish some tournaments to up his fishing skills). Connor hopes to continue his athletics in soccer by trying out for the Dal AC team when the time presents itself.
Connor has done various volunteering throughout both his junior and senior school life, as well as going on two mission trips to NY and Jamaica with his church youth group.
It takes a community to raise a successful senior, and we would like to say thank you to:
• Family and friends who have mentored him all his 18 years for the things that you do for him on an ongoing basis
• Spiritual leaders at church and youth group who have had a hand at shaping his Christian character
• Teachers at CCA who have shaped him both academically and spiritually
• All the minor coaches in hockey and soccer who have given him the tools for hard work, celebrating victories and how to handle defeat.
Hats off to Connor's community and how you have helped to shape the strong intelligent, caring young man that he is growing into.
Connor we are proud of who you are and where you are going with God as your center.”
Congratulations! Best wishes from Mom, Dad, and siblings; Colton and Cheyenne
To say that this young lady is community-minded does not give enough credit to her dedication to volunteerism in and out of school.
Clare was a very active member in extra-curricular activities at CEC. The list includes being Student Council President, TEDxYouth@CEC Co-lead Organizer, Big Brothers Big Sister Peer Mentor, Shared Reading, Environmental Club, CEC Symphonic Band, and the Relay for Life 2019. She was also part of the Student Advisory, and the Community Liaison Council. Outside of school, she was a member of the Cantabile Choir, Special Olympics volunteer, United Way Board member, and the lead volunteer and trainer at the Colchester East Hants Health Centre.
However, it was Clare’s role as the United Way Youth Committee Co- President that led her to an awakening. “I became exposed to more local issues during my time in that role. It really opened my eyes to wanting to help,” she said. Her passion for helping others and for social justice originally led her to the decision to pursue Gender & Women Studies at Kings University and then Dalhousie University for a law degree in Social Justice upon graduation. However, her plans have changed slightly due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “I have decided to defer my post-secondary education for a year to stay home and work,” she smiled and continued, “I do plan to continue that course of study when it is safe to do so. Social issues are important and so much work needs to be done.”
I asked Clare to share one of her most memorable experiences of her time at CEC. “The IB program and its teachers inspired me so much in so many different ways, and taught me so many lessons I will hold with me forever.” She continued, “Their unconditional support for all of my major ambitious projects throughout my two years in the program means the world to me and I am so grateful.” Roald Dahl’s quote says, "Somewhere inside all of us is the power to change the world." I have no doubt Clare that you will be a world changer. Congratulations!
“Georgia, you are our beautiful, social butterfly, always making friends, always loving to chat and so happy to be around people. From day one you have had hurdles to overcome, but overcome them you have with huge success! Whatever you choose in life Ge, you have our blessing and support."
Congratulations and Best wishes! Love you very much Ge, from Dad and Caity xo
I am sure that it was not much more than five minutes into our conversation that I realized Vanessa is one strong, determined and caring woman. She grew up in downtown Truro around Victoria Park after moving to Nova Scotia from PEI at the young age of two years.
Vanessa has spent the last 17 years working for VON as a Continuing Care Assistant. I was curious as to how she chose this important line of work. “After a divorce and having a 3 month old daughter, I walked into NSCC to inquire what courses they had to offer.” She continued, “The lady named a few course titles and when she said Continuing Care Assistant, I asked ‘What is that?’ With her love for the elderly, she knew exactly what she wanted to do. “So at 29 years old, I packed up my daughter every day for daycare and went to school. She was 2 years old when I graduated,” she said proudly. She continued, “My daughter, Mackenzie Allaby, is now 19 year old and attending NSCC too, taking Criminal Justice. I am so proud of her.”
Last year, Vanessa decided that she wanted a change so, she now splits her time between two part time positions; CCA for the VON and working at a local group home. “My favourite part is how happy residents are to see me when I walk through the door. I guess I like to feel like I’ve made a difference in someone’s life at the end of the day,” she smiled. Somehow this busy single mom finds time to volunteer as well. “I have a little brother from Big Brothers Big Sisters. I couldn’t see him due to my front line position, but I dropped off cupcakes on his step last week,” she beamed.
I asked Vanessa one last question to which I received a very heart-felt answer. “Is there someone that you look up to? Without hesitation she replied, “I definitely look up to my daughter. She was patient with me when I was trying to deal with things in my life. Being a single mom wasn’t easy and she didn’t complain.” She laughed, “I tried to teach her to do what makes her happy, and when I wasn’t doing what I preached, she would remind me.”
This compassionate, determined, and dedicated young woman was born and raised in Belmont. When Mallory enrolled in the IB program she knew it was going to be a challenging couple years with a heavy course load. However, she did not let that discourage her. She faced all those challenges head on while also being Student Council Co-President for her grade 12 year as well as a member of various committees. If there was something to be organized or an event needing volunteers, Mallory was always quick to jump on board.
She was a mentor with the Big Brothers Big Sisters Peer Mentoring program for two years where she developed a close bond with her mentee. She is currently the Youth Advisor on a NSHA Community Health Board. She has been a member of the track and field team all three years of high school where she threw javelin and was very disappointed to not have her senior season.
Mallory will be attending Carleton University in Ottawa in the fall where she will be studying a Bachelor of Health Sciences Honours degree with a Concentration in Global Health. Her plan is to pursue a career in the medical field.
Although her senior year has gone nothing like she hoped and planned, she kept her chin up and made the most of it.
Congratulations! We couldn’t be more proud of you and your accomplishments Mal. You’re going to do great things! Love Mom, Dad, Michaela…and your whole community.
Courtney Cook is graduating from Ecole acadienne de Truro. She worked at the after school program at her school and is so wonderful with children. She was also a member of many committees and volunteered her time to helped raised money for a school in Ecuador.
Courtney was a miracle, born 2 months early and only weighing 2lbs and 9ozs. She was always an adventurous child who loved to spend time with her family and friends. She is a friendly and compassionate young lady with a free spirit and love for life. She loves school and has worked hard. She received a bursary from the Universite de Moncton and will be studying to become a Social Worker.
Due to Covid-19, she was unable to get her grad photo taken. She may not have a grad photo to share, but she sure has some great accomplishments.🥳
Congratulations! We are so proud of you Court! Love Mom, Dad, Mitchell, Poppy, Nanny, and Bumpy
"Hannah has worked really hard all year to get wonderful grades. She will be going to the NSCC next year for CCA. We are so proud of you Hannah."
Congratulations! Love Mom, Dad and Ethan
This strong, ambitious, compassionate young woman is considered a social leader in her school community and takes great pride in her academic success. She is a dedicated volunteer, athlete, and peer mentor. Kamaya was awarded the J&W Murphy 4 year renewable scholarship and has plans to attend Dalhousie University for a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree.
Kamaya plays CEC varsity Rugby, varsity basketball, and helped take her team to Provincials in CEC table tennis. She is a well-respected team leader, hardworking, and has natural athletic ability. She also excels in individual sports where she has a passion for running. In her quest to be the best she can be, Kamaya only competes against herself and her own best times. In her down time, you will find her painting and spending time with her boyfriend, Michael.
I wondered what lead Kamaya to pursue a profession in Psychology, so I asked. She replied, “I chose psychology because I want to make a difference in African Nova Scotian children and women’s mental health.” As she spoke, I could feel her deep rooted sense of wanting to help those who are in need, her love of people, and her passion for inclusivity. Just a few of the qualities that her family loves the most about her!
Kamaya is also a proud part of the Colchester African Dance troop and a mentor with the Afrocentric Aspiring Leader’s Youth Group. I asked, “Would you say that you proud of your heritage and that it is an important part of who you are?” Without hesitation she replied, “Yes it is a super important part of who I am,” She smiled, “It truly helped form the person I am today.” Her family is so very proud of the beautiful young lady she has bloomed into being. And, we couldn’t agree more.
Congratulations Kamaya! Best wishes from your family and your community!
Story submitted by Daniel's Mom, Robin
Daniel is a kind, caring, compassionate and driven young man. He is completing his second year as school President and volunteers in the school and community in many ways, such as by coaching school soccer, hockey and javelin as well as Run, Jump, Throw with the local Truro Lions Track and Field Club. He also volunteers with the Immaculate Conception Church Youth Group and is a member of the school Environmental Club.
Story submitted by Katie's proud Mom
Katie has been very active inside and outside of school. She was on student council all three years and an executive member her final year. She ran cross-country and was Co-Captain of the team this year.
She also swam competitively at the AAA level for the Truro Centurions Swim Club. The summer before grade 10, she represented Nova Scotia at the 2017 Canada Games in Winnipeg. Additionally, she volunteered for the multi-sport program, Special Olympics and worked part time teaching swimming lessons at Scotia Pool. During the summer, you will find her lifeguarding at Heather Beach in Pugwash.
Katie is attending Carleton University in Ottawa next year for an honours degree in Computer Science.
Congratulations on all your accomplishments Katie! Best wishes from Mom, Dad and Jake. And, of course, us at Hubtown Life
Story submitted by Alara's Mom
Alara’s curiosity for travel started at a very young age- she spent her first 4 years living and travelling across the USA and Northern Canada ( we joked she attended Daddy’s Day Care as mom worked as a travel nurse!) - New York/ Connecticut/ New Mexico/ Dawson Creek.
She moved to Truro at the age of 5 to start school. When trying to choose a school, it became very obvious the benefits of enrolling her at the Acadian school- she would have the opportunity to learn and embrace her Acadian Heritage (very important to her grandparents), learn another language in a family-like atmosphere. Over the years at the French school, she has embraced cultural and social diversity; she has a real open-minded attitude about the world around her!
When most students choose to pursue their high school in English, she knew by staying at the French School, this would open more doors for her- a life-long ability to communicate with French-Speaking people on her future travels!
For the past 2 years, her days have started at 7 am when she welcomed a handful of kids to the “before school Program”. She has never once complained by her early starts! She has instilled in these little ones her love for Super Heroes/ Harry Potter and Puzzles. After school, she can once again be found coloring/ playing and scurrying around the school grounds with kids in hand- all experiences she hopes to carry into a teaching career.
When she is not writing short stories or entertaining kids, she can be found on the Volleyball court. She started playing Volleyball for the Lynx Club as a setter in grade 7 and has not missed a game or court time since. She hopes to continue her love for Volleyball this Fall by playing university volleyball with the Dragons.
In the Fall, she will continue to pursue her post graduate education in French by attending the Universite Sainte Anne. She has been awarded a full Academic Scholarship to pursue a degree in Science and Education.
We are so proud of her determination, her passion and hard work! Best wishes from Mom, Dad, Mason and Shylah
Leah is one busy young lady. She is currently working two jobs: part time at Sobeys for the last three years plus working at Lawtons since the beginning of the Covid-19 situation. She is actually working today, but still managed to make time to chat with me.
During our conversation it was easy to see that Leah is a very caring, dedicated and a fierce competitor who has a love for athletics and volunteering in her community. As team Captain for both the soccer and basketball teams this year, she helped lead both teams to some impressive titles. She shared, “The soccer team won its first provincial Division 1 title in 27 years! And, the basketball team won a 4th place finish at the Division 1 high school provincials.” That is two very special milestones she was a part of.
I asked, “What is your favourite memory from your years spent at CEC?” With pride she answered, “Winning gold at soccer provincials. I’ve enjoyed playing for the school soccer team over the last three years, and I liked how the team improved every year I played. She continued, “This year when we won our region, and then went on to win the provincial title, it was the best way to end my last season!” I am sure those moments with her teammates are fond memories she will carry for a lifetime.
Leah also volunteered for many causes and organizations over the years. She volunteered at the Food Bank last summer; she worked with special needs youth, and was a Peer Mentor. Curious, I asked, “Why is volunteering in your community so important to you?” With a huge smile she replied, “It is important to me because I like helping others. It makes me happy knowing I’m doing something to help people in the community!”
Congratulations on all your accomplishments Leah. We wish you all the success in the world as do all your family and friends. I think this quote by Flora Edwards sums it up best, “In helping others, we shall help ourselves, for whatever good we give out completes the circle and comes back to us.”
In addition to his academic achievement of graduating from CEC with Honours, Joseph also excels in athletics. One of his favourite sports, football!
This easy-going and compassionate athletic has found the perfect match to pursue his post-secondary education. Joseph will be heading to Acadia University in the fall. Acadia University is nestled in the heart of the Annapolis Valley in Wolfville and boasts 11 varsity status programs. It offers student-athletes an opportunity to grow as a person by combining academics and athletics which is perfect blend as Joseph with be playing on the iconic Axemen Football Team! What a perfect match.
In regard to his academic goals, Joseph will be pursuing a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Sociology. His ultimate career goal is to become an RCMP officer! I will leave you with this fitting quote, “It takes a special type of person to aspire to be a police officer. It takes an even more special type of person to actually become a police officer.”
Congratulations Joseph on embarking on this exciting new chapter in your life! Best wishes from your very proud parents and sister, Molly. And, of course, us at Hubtown Life
Looking back on his childhood, I am sure that Arshvir never thought that he would be graduating from CEC in Truro, Nova Scotia. “I was born in Italy but my family is originally from India. I moved to India in 2006 because the school system in Italy, at that time, was not great. My parents decided going to school in India was best for me and I agreed with them,” he said. “Wow that is amazing! When did you move to Truro?” I asked. He paused for a moment, “My mom, my brother, and I moved to Canada in 2014 to join my dad who moved here in 2012. We were originally in PEI, and we moved to Nova Scotia in 2017.” I asked, ‘How do you like living in Truro?” He quickly smiled, “I really enjoy living here. The people here are great, and I really felt the sense of community when we first moved in.”
I wanted to know more about his time at school so I asked, “Were you involved in any sports or extra-curricular activities?” He quickly replied, “Yes, I was involved in football, wrestling, and had been doing track & field for 2 years.” He continued, “I love challenging myself and I think that’s why I’ve done sports. I wasn’t able to do track this year and that’s been the worst part.” I wondered what was the best part of his time at CEC was to which he enthausically replied, “Being in the IB program was one of my favorite things. The students and the teachers in it were great!”
Arshvir is a very motivated, polite, and well-rounded young man. I wondered who inspires him, “I look up to both of my parents because of how they have built themselves. Coming from low income families to being able to live in Canada takes a lot of hard work and I find that really inspiring.” I couldn’t agree more.
After graduation, Arshvir plans to attend the Dalhousie Agricultural Campus for Engineering. He will study in Truro for two years before finishing the remainder of the course in Halifax. I will leave you with this quote, “Behind you, all your memories. Before you, all your dreams. Around you, all who love you. Within you, all you need.” Congratulations Arshvir!
This self-described laid back, witty, and proactive young man was born and raised in Truro. Before starting a whole new chapter in his life after graduation, we chatted about his fondest memories of the years he spent at CEC. He shared that some of the greatest memories he made was with the soccer team. “I have made a ton of great friends through that team.” He continued, “This past fall we won a bronze medal at Provincials which is only the second time that has happened in CEC history! Coach Foster and Budgey have both taught me a lot about, not only soccer, but sportsmanship and integrity. They have been huge role models
In addition to playing soccer, Tyler is passionate about his favourite track and field event, hurdles. “The first time I tried hurdles was in grade 7. I did it kind of as a joke at first, but my coaches suggested I give it a serious try. I did and that’s how it started.” Tyler may be finished this chapter of hurdle athletics at CEC but he is not closing the book. “I’ll be heading to the University of Western Ontario for a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology.” He continued, “It will be a big change for me moving to a big city, but I think it’s a good decision for my future; not just academically but for athletics as well.” With a huge smile he continued, “I have also signed with their track and field team. So that is something I’m really looking forward to. My friend is also heading to Western with me.”
I decided to switch gears and ask Tyler a few fun questions. “What is your favourite food and dessert?” He thought for a moment, “It would have to be any type of fruit. I eat a lot of bananas. And for dessert, I am going to say ice cream - Mint chocolate chip” I continued, “What is your favourite tv show? How about your favourite music?” He answered, “Sports when I watch tv, I like hip hop music and I’m a big Drake fan.”
Congratulations Tyler! I leave you with this fitting quote by Nelson Mandela, “The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” We wish you the best of luck on this next exciting chapter in your life.
This lovely married mother of three young children has been living in Truro since moving from her hometown of Corner Brook, Newfoundland in 1996. When most people think about Newfoundlanders, their thoughts quickly go to caring, giving, easy-going, proud community-minded type people. While speaking with Jane, it was easy to see just how many of these qualities she possesses.
Before becoming a Lawyer, Jane was an elementary school teacher who taught in Halifax at the maritime Muslim Academy and the Douglas Street Elementary School in Truro. “Why did you choose to become a Lawyer?” I asked curiously. She replied, “I thought law would be interesting. I met someone at a Christmas party who was in law school and she encouraged me to take the LSAT and then decide. I received a letter of acceptance that spring from Dalhousie. It was a great decision and I made some of my best friends there.” She continued, “I enjoy solicitor work; it’s helping people in very concrete way.”
Jane also enjoys helping her local community by volunteering. She currently sits on the Board of the Jane Norman College and she will be the President of the Rotary Club of Truro at the end of June. She also shared one of her passions. “I try to live a small footprint - shopping local, living local. I try to be as environmentally conscious as I can be.” She giggled, “I’m sure I'm not the best at it but it is a definitely passion of mine.”
Just before our conversation ended, Jane shared that her most privileged experience is being a mom. “Raising children, and being able to share that experience with your spouse is amazing. It's not always easy, but there are those moments that bring the type of joy you can't get from anywhere else.” Jane may have many titles but I think this quote by Michelle Obama sums it up best, “At the end of the day, my most important title is still Mom-in-Chief.”
One of the first questions I asked Martha, who is a high school senior at CEC, was how she felt about no prom. She replied, “To be very honest, at the time in March when we were still at school, prom was one of the last things on my mind. I was thinking a lot more about my school assignments.” She giggled. This very responsible young lady is also a member of the Track Team. “I started by doing school competitions in grade 6 and I've done school track ever since. I'm now a part of Truro Lions Track Club,” she said proudly.
I quickly learned that she will be attending the University of Guelph in the fall. “I am really interested in the Food Science industry. I'm also really intrigued in the chemistry behind foods and how what we put in our bodies affects how we perform tasks in such drastically different ways,” she said. What a great time to ask her what her favorite food is. “My favorite food is mangoes because there's never a time I don't want to eat one!” she laughed. I had to agree as mango is my favorite fruit!
I asked, “As you look back at your years at CEC, what is your fondest memory?” She beamed, “Last year I was selected to be one of the four emcees for the Rally Against Racism that took place at Civic Square. There were many students who participated in the March. I did some public speaking before that event but it was nothing compared to speaking in front of over 2000 members of the public and students!”
As our conversation continued, I wondered who inspires this easy-going, motivated and slightly reserved young lady. “Congresswoman Maxine Waters because of how she stands up for what she believes in in an unapologetic way. But I also look up to my parents because they're two incredible people that I see working hard every day. My dad is a Professor at the Dal AC and my mom is a Nurse,” she shared with admiration.
I believe that you are also an inspiration, Martha. Your positive outlook, strong values, and graceful disposition are beautiful; just like your smile. Congratulations to all of the Class of 2020!
During my conversation with Chad, I discovered several things about him that stood out. Not only is he a talented published poetry author, but he is adventurous, loves nature, the beach, travelling, and laughing….a lot!
Chad was born in Armstrong, BC but always had a strong connection to Nova Scotia as his mom is from Masstown. “We lived in B.C until I was 11. We left in 1970, and drove across Canada to take up on the family farm in Masstown. My Dad was offered a job looking after the farm's book. I’ve traveled across Canada many times and I have lived in many places, “he shared. “Would you say that you were an adventure seeker as a youngster?” I asked. “Oh, yes!” he laughed. “In March 1980, I hitch hiked from Calgary to Debert.” Surprised and curious, I asked him to tell me more. “I headed out to 16th Ave, which is Hwy 1, stuck out my thumb, and arrived in Debert five days later where I stayed for about a year.” He continued, “In 2003, I put the names Victoria, Kamloops, and Debert in ball-hat. Debert was chosen, and I jumped on a Greyhound bus and left. And, so far, it has been one the best and major moves in my lifetime.”
Chad proposed to his beautiful wife, Elaine, 15 years ago on a beach in her hometown of Antigonish. I asked, “How are you guys doing in this time of social distancing?” He smiled, “Elaine is off work due to the office being closed, so we are getting to know one another in new ways. We're good friends so it hasn't been too tough.” Awe, isn’t that romantic I thought to myself. He continued, “We often refer to this isolation thing as being like we're travelling and staying in a hotel. We have time to have lots of conversations, and to enjoy some tasty beverages.” I laughed, “Like a stayaction?” He laughed too, “Yes exactly!
I quickly got the sense that there is no other place, in this moment, that either one of them would rather be. Instead of feeling the sense of lack, we can choose to feel the good, to feel the moments that create new memories, to feel gratitude and to share love. To quote Chad at the end of our conversation, “So far so good….the trip continues!
Just before we ended our conversation, Sonya also shared that she has several tattoos. I asked, “Do you have a special one?” She replied, “I have a very special one. My dad wrote out a quote for me before he passed away so I could tattoo his hand writing on me.” I suddenly felt a lump in my throat and a glow in my heart as she shared this quote, "You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.” She continued, “I live by it…now more than ever.”
This is my mom, her name is Sheri. You may see her and get greeted with a "Hi dear!" if you get your coffee at Pictou Road, Tim Hortons. She works very hard, especially these days to run her store and others. She is a front line essential worker. Behind the scenes of her already busy life, she is a mom to 6 kids, and a loving grandmother to 8 kids! Words cannot even begin to express the love, admiration and pride I have for my mom. Proverbs 31 is a passage that gives a good description! She has an amazing work ethic, she is a teacher, mentor, encourager, and is loved by many. I am blessed to not only call her mom, but also my best friend!"
Pictured: Charity and her Mom, Sheri
“My Mom works for 811 and has been tirelessly taking Covid-19 calls as well as raising 3 children under 12. She is a true hero and is the backbone of our family. She is resilient, hardworking and the strongest lady I know. She deserves more recognition.”
Pictured: (L - Megan, daughter) (M - Dawn, Mom) (R - Sarah, daughter)
"I honestly could write a book explaining how amazing of a woman she truly is but I will try and summarize it as best I can. My Mom is a truly selfless, giving, compassionate woman. She works extremely hard at her job as a CCA with VON giving her care and love to her clients. Myself and my 2 brothers are no stranger to this same care and love being raised by this awesome leader! Her grandchildren are the apples of her eye and she always puts her family first! Thank you Mom for simply being beautiful ,amazing YOU!!!"
Pictured: Linda's beautiful Mom, Connie
Here is what Carole's son, Chad, had to say about his Mudder....
"What I like most about my Mudder is throughout my life she has has always been the one to ask me, : How's your writing going?"
Pictured: Chad and his Mom, Carole
This married Mom of two has some of the most upbeat and positive energy that I’ve ever encountered. I wondered where she gets her upbeat energy and if it is inspired by someone. “I am a positive person by nature (I believe I take after my dad) and I love Jesus...He gives me joy. I also get to live my passion which is fitness...it has never been a job for me, but my calling. What is the saying....’when you truly love what you do, you never work a day in your life’!”
Laura has been in the Fitness industry for 20 years! Since 2012, she’s been the Manager of Health, Fitness and Special Populations at the RECC and also teaches classes. “What is the one thing you miss most about not teaching classes right now?” I asked. Without hesitation she quickly answered, “I miss the connection. I am a group person and get a lot of enjoyment and energy from my participants. I cannot wait to see them again.” As she spoke, I could feel the anticipation in her voice. In my mind, I envisioned a class full of participants smiling, laughing, and sweating it up. Her upbeat energy combined with the high energy tempo music must give every participant a blast of feel good endorphins. That visual quickly put a big smile on my face; almost as big as if I was there.
When she is not at the RECC doing what she loves, I wondered what she likes to do for fun. “I enjoy eating out and spending time with my family. I also lead worship at the church I attend which I LOVE...music is so awesome!” One thing most people may be surprised to learn about Laura is that she Loves food! She is a self-identified foodie and her favourite food is nachos. “I am not much of a cook or baker,” she giggled. “My husband is the cook in our family…thank God for that!”
I wondered how she is doing during these trying times. “I am starting to find the time long. I am not wired to be a stay at home parent or homeschooler. I really enjoy my job and I am much too hyper!” she laughed. I thank you Laura for having the time to chat with me. Here is to endorphin boosting, high energy, sweat filled, hyper days coming back soon. Keep on moving
One of the first things Emily shared with me is her connection to the Dalhousie Agricultural College. “My grandfather, my Dad's dad, was originally a teacher but after the war he went to NSAC and then worked for the Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture. My mother's father immigrated to Canada (from the Netherlands) after World War II to be a Veterinarian at NSAC,” she said proudly.
I wondered if she followed in their footsteps. “I consider Dal-AC to be an integral part of my family heritage, but decided to follow a different path when I graduated high school. I studied music!” she said. “Do you play any instruments?” I asked. “I play piano, flute and the saxophone. Although, I haven’t played in years, “she replied. I could sense there was more to the story, and I was right. “There was a moment in university where I practiced for a few hours every day. One day, I overheard a student saying that she was disappointed in herself for only practicing 10 hours per day. It was at the moment I realized there was always going to be better musician than me. I never wanted to feel disappointed in myself for only practicing 10 hours a day. That is when I switched programs to study Math and Science,” she giggled.
As the conversation continued, I learned that Emily is also one of the Soccer Coaches for the Junior Varsity Girls Soccer Team at Cobequid Educational Centre (CEC). “So, who is the other Coach?” I wondered. “My husband is! We actually met coaching,” she giggled and continued, “He is exceeding patient, and I am not. He is also more of a soccer player than I am. We complement each other in many ways.” I agree.
This married couple of 11 years makes a great team on and off the field. “Do you have any children?” I asked lastly. “No children….However, Andrew and I joke all the time that the girls on the team are our real kids,” she smiled. Awe, now doesn’t that just warm your heart
Last week I met Dave while purchasing a gift certificate online from the Blunt Bartender. When I asked Dave if he would be interested in chatting with me for a story he replied, “Well, my wife, Marie is the beauty and the brains behind the Blunt Bartender and the owner,” he said proudly. “So, are you a ‘behind the scenes’ supporter?” I asked. He giggled, “Yes, I’m the fantastic husband who supports her fully behind the scenes. She makes me incredibly proud of what she does, how she juggles so much on her plate but always maintains her incredibly beautiful personality with the patrons and staff. We both really love spending time at the bar and we miss it a lot right now.”
Outside of the bar, I wondered what else they normally like to do for fun so I asked to which he replied, “We have an amazing group of friends who we love spending time with. We like to go out to eat, go on trips, and just have fun together." I followed up with, "what is your best trip memory?" He fondly recalled, “Best trip so far has been to Nashville. We went to a Titans NFL game and a Nashville NHL game.” He continued, “Marie and I had tickets to go to this year’s Country Music Festival in Nashville. We were so excited about it but as you would guess, it’s cancelled..but, that's ok.”
I wanted to ask this fun, caring and dependable fellow a fun question, so I asked, "Are you a cat or dog person?" He laughed, “I was neither until I met Marie." He continued, “I’m allergic to cats. But, when we bought our house, Marie moved in with TWO CATS! My daughter was volunteering at the local SPCA and she and Marie fell in love with another cat. And, guess what? We now have 3 cats!” he laughed even harder, “I’m now a cat person. Each of them has their own personality and they’re awesome – Aaaachooo!” Here is to great friends, great food, and great memories…and maybe cat number 4 in the future! LOL
In chatting with Cheryl last week, one of the things that struck me the most about her is how dedicated, talented, and caring she is. In addition to being involved with the 100 Kids Who Care Truro, she also impacts our community as a local high school math teacher at the Cobequid Educational Centre (CEC).
I asked this mom of three with two dogs, what she enjoys the most about being a teacher. “I love the relationships I have with my students, and I love when I see them grasp a new concept. When the light bulb comes on,” she beamed. “What is the most challenging?” I asked. “I’d say that continually having to stay current in my teaching practices and not being afraid of trying new ways to teach students.” I wondered how the current school closure affects her daily routine so I asked, “What does a typical day look like for you?" She replied, “A typical day usually consists of feeding everyone….I didn’t realize how much time that takes when you limit getting take out,” she laughed. “I make sure my kids are doing their online learning while I am busy finding new innovative ways to teach my students online.”
I switched gears and asked, “What do you like to do to relax?” She calmly answered, “I like to knit, crochet, paint, craft…make pretty things. I also like to hike in Victoria Park, play the piano, and listen to podcasts. It is nice to have something that completely distracts you.” Now it was time for an interesting question, “Is there one thing about you that most people would be surprised to learn?” She thought for a moment, “I think most people know I have lots of tattoos and I really love mini eggs! They may not know that I am fascinated with behavioral analysis though.”
I will leave you with one of the last comments Cheryl said during our conversation, “I have a special appreciation for art and the connection between art and math. I guess you could say it’s the beautiful things in life that keep me motivated and inspired…I’m lucky I get to do that every day in one way or another.” Thank you Cheryl for reminding us to always take time to appreciate the beautiful things.
While purchasing a gift certificate from Wink Day Spa a couple of weeks ago for our Giveaway, I met a bubbly person named Renee. Her energy was very upbeat and positive. I wanted to learn more about her so we enjoyed a more in-depth conversation last week.
“You work at Wink Day Spa. What do you do there?” I asked. “I actually own Wink Day Spa. However, I have been working the reception desk full time the last year or so,” she replied. “Oh, I didn’t realize you are the owner,” I replied surprised. “What is the one thing you miss most about the Spa being closed?” I inquired. “My Team, hands down….Although I miss our clients too. It’s so hard!” One of the reasons why it is so hard is because Renee is a big hugger! “One of the first things I plan on doing when the social distancing ban is lifted is hugging my family, friends, team and maybe some clients too! “she giggled.
I wondered what Renee likes to do in her leisure time so I asked, “Do you have any hobbies?” She paused for a moment, “I like to go fishing, 4 wheeling and spending time on my deck.” She continued, “I like to read…Oh, and I recently bought a ‘Learn Calligraphy Kit’. Not that many people write things anymore. I think it is so beautiful though.” She continued, “I also like to cook and try new recipes which I have been doing a lot lately.”
Before we ended our conversation, I asked Renee one more question, “If you had to describe yourself in 3 words, what would they be?” She laughed, “Oh, come on. That’s a hard one.” I decided to take a try at and replied, “I would say you are outdoorsy, compassionate, and have a great sense of humour. Am I close?” She smiled, “Yes, you are! You have a real talent for pegging people. I love it!” Well Renee, I loved chatting with you. Your energy is contagious and when the social distancing ban is lifted, I am looking forward to meeting you in person….and sharing a big hug!
It all started with a story I posted on April 13th – Meet George – where a fellow named Marc commented, “I remember George”. I reached out to Marc to find out more. He not only answered my question, but we also had a fantastic conversation.
“So, how do you know George?” I asked. He quickly replied, “George and I were in elementary school and up together at CEC.” He continued, “I was brought to Truro from Tatamagouche at age two by my adoptive parents. I have two friends that are like brothers to me that I’ve known for 63 years. Both of them were adopted too which is something we didn’t discover until later in life. We all went to school together with George.” Marc went on to tell me that he left Truro at age 17 when he joined the Navy. “I joined right out of high school. I was in for 26 years. The first 6 years, I was in BC and then the last 20 years in Halifax. I've seen a lot of places. Also, for 18 of the 26 years, I was on the submarines before retiring in 1998.” I was fascinated and curious, “What is your best and worst memory of being on the submarines?” He paused, “The best was the fellowship of the crew. As for the worst, bad memories fade.” We share a moment and I thanked him for his years of services to which he graciously accepted.
After retiring, in addition to working many jobs in Truro, Marc married his sweetheart, Rhonda who also enjoyed his passion for motorcycles. “Is there one memorable ride you took together?” He fondly recalled, “One of our most memorable rides was the Thunder in the Highlands in Cape Breton. The views were amazing and it was nice to just be together.“ He then sent me a photo of him and Rhonda for the story. “Awe, you guys look so happy,” I remarked. “If you could describe Rhonda is 3 words, what would they be?” Without hesitation he replied, “I will give you 5 words: A light next to me” my heart warmed.
I realized that he may have seen a lot places during his navy career, but Truro holds a very special place in his heart. Oliver Wendell Holmes said it best, “Where we love is home, home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.”
During my two hour chat with Cheryl, a few of her personality traits quickly began to shine through. It was easy to feel that she is very kind, compassionate and loves to empower people. One of her biggest loves, besides her family, is volunteering in her community.
In addition to being the Chairwoman of the Board of Directors at the Lotus Centre, Cheryl also runs the 100 Kids Who Care project. “What inspired you to get involved with the 100 Kids Who Care project?” I asked. She smiled, “My son, Steven and his wife, Vanessa have given me two beautiful grandchildren. Kaiden is 12 and Zoey is 9 and they both love being part of this organization with me. They are the reason why I took over the project.” She continued, “I want kids to know they have power in their community. They have the power to change it, power to support it, power to make it what they want for their futures.”
I then asked Cheryl about her family life. “I’ll be celebrating my 20th wedding anniversary on April 22nd. We were supposed to go to Las Vegas to renew our vows, but Covid-19 put that on hold,” she said with a hint of disappointment. She is just grateful to have 20 years and counting with her husband, Eric. One of their biggest adventures was a mission trip to Guatemala in 2018. “It was surreal and amazing. We installed wood burning cook stoves in small, impoverished villages over 10 days,” she said with a grateful heart. She continued, “It was an experience that I will never forget.”
At the end of our conversation, I was left with a sense of living life to the fullest, joys of family, and making a difference where you can. It reminded me of a quote by Adrian Grenier, “What is important is family, friends, giving back to your community and finding meaning in life.” Well Cheryl , I think you’ve accomplished this and hopefully, inspired others to do the same. Thank you
It all started with a thank you email we received from a fellow letting us know how much he enjoys our stories about people and places in and around Truro. He lived in Truro from 1963 until 1998, went to school there, was a volunteer firefighter for 18 years and shared that he has only seen one person he knew in our stories so far.
With a warm heart, I quickly replied to George’s email thanking him for reaching out and asked him if he would be willing to chat to be featured as one of our Stories to which he quickly agreed. One of the first things I just had to ask was, “You mentioned that you have only seen one person that you knew in our feature stories. I’m curious…who do you know?” He giggled, “You did a story on a lady named Irma, and while it took a minute, I realized that I had worked with her at Burger King in the mid-eighties.” Amazed I replied, “Wow that was a surprise!” to which he agreed.
George shared that he is presently living and working in Yellowknife, NT as a Kitchen Manager at a medical travel boarding home in Yellowknife. However, he grew up in Truro as a teenager so I asked, “What is your favourite memory of growing up in Truro?” He fondly recalled, “I do have some good memories of being a teenager in Truro during the early seventies. Mostly, I remember hanging out at the square and being in the first class at CEC when it had carpet.” I could tell as our conversation continued that George enjoyed reminiscing about Truro. I asked, “Is there one thing that you miss about living in Truro?” Without hesitation he said, “I miss the community spirit of Truro, walking down the street, and knowing people at almost any time of day.”
I thank you George for taking some time to chat with me. You may be living and working on the opposite end of the country, but you can still feel connected to your Truro home. What a wonderful thing! Jean Houston said, “Human connections are deeply nurtured in the field of shared story.” We couldn’t agree more. Human connection – one story at a time