"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