People - March 2020

A Micro Moment – Helping Hands

While putting our shopping bags in the trunk, a woman approached us, “Excuse me, would you happen to have a set of jumper cables? I forgot my lights on and now my car won’t start.” We turned to find a lady with short dark hair wearing a winter jacket zippered up as high as it could go against the cold. “Yes, we do. We’ll drive over to where you’re parked and get it started for you,” we said with a friendly smile. Her face lit up, “I’m parked right over there,” she pointed. While getting the cables set up, we introduced ourselves and had a quick chat with her. We learned that she and her husband recently moved to Stewiacke from Prince Edward Island. We asked, “How do you like it so far?” She answered, “Well, it’s good. A bit smaller than we are used to, but it’s good so far,” she smiled. Just then, we heard a voice. “Hey, can we do anything to help?” a man called out eagerly. We looked up and two middle-aged fellas were on their way over to lend a hand. “Nope, that’s ok. She just needed a boost and we’re all set up ready to go. Thanks for offering though.” A few moments later her car started and she smiled, “Thank you very much. I really didn’t want to call my husband to try to figure out how he was going to get here to help me,” she giggled. We shared a hug, wished each other safe travels and waved goodbye. Once we got back into our car, we realized that within a span of only 5-6 minutes, this one person had four complete strangers offer to lend a helping hand. This is another reason why we love Truro, Colchester County, and rural Nova Scotia so much. We believe Tlotlo Godgrey Tau’s quote says it best, “A helping hand might not change the whole world, but it could change the world for one person.” Pass it on

Meet Clare – Making the World a Better Place

Since we were in the neighbourhood of the RECC, we decided to pop in to say hello to Kerri who we featured in November. “Hi, how are things?” we asked leaning up against the counter of the information desk. “Things are going really good. I am keeping busy,” she smiled. “Hey, I know someone that you just have to meet,” she said excitedly. “You see the young lady right over there?” she pointed. “She is amazing and you need to talk to her!” So, off we went. A few minutes later, we were sitting at a nearby table chatting with Clare. This grade 12 student at Cobequid Educational Centre, told us about a project she is involved in, “We are trying to end Period Poverty. It is unbelievable how much school, work, and opportunities are missed when a woman cannot afford feminine products.” She continued, “We are distributing donation boxes throughout the community and the collected items will be donated to Hub House and the local Food Bank.” It was clear that Clare has a passion for helping others in her community so we asked, “What influenced you to get involved with social issues?” She told us that as the United Way Youth Committee Co- President, she became exposed to more local issues. “I also follow feminist, social justice and environmental activist online,” she said with passion. “It really opened my eyes to wanting to help.” We were surprised by how driven, focused and passionate Clare is at such a young age. It was easy to see that she has a vision for her future so we asked, “What are your plans after finishing high school?” She shared, “I am planning on attending Kings University to pursue Gender & Women Studies and then Dalhousie University for a law degree in Social Justice,” she smiled. “Social issues are important and this needs to be done.” There is no doubt in our mind that you are going to do amazing things in world. Roald Dahl’s quote says, "Somewhere inside all of us is the power to change the world." Well Clare, we believe that you may have just found your “super power.”

Meet Lynn – An Outdoorsy Woman who Loves Research

It all started when she clicked “Follow” on the Hubtown Life Facebook page. Without knowing it, she was actually our 1000th Follower. We decided to reach out with an invitation to meet for coffee and a chat. She graciously accepted, and that is how we met Lynn. As soon as she walked in the door, we knew it was her. She had the same beautiful auburn hair and bright smile that we had seen in her online photo. We stood up, greeted her, sat down and started chatting right away. The conversation was so easy and free flowing that our “casual chat” quickly turned into a two hour conversation with many stories told and many laughs had. We learned that Lynn grew up in East Mountain, went to elementary school in Bible Hill, high school at Colchester Education Centre (CEC), and then attended St. Mary’s University in Halifax where she met her husband. “So, where do you live now?” we asked. “We live in Rawdon,” she smiled. “My husband is actually from the city, but he is a country boy at heart. We love it there as we are very outdoorsy people.” One of the things they really enjoy is going four wheeling, “We take the kids and we go four wheeling on the nearby trails. We also go to quite a few bike rallies with and without the kids. It’s a lot of fun!” she giggled. The conversation shifted to one of Lynn’s passions – ancestry research. She shared that she made quite a remarkable discovery, “In my ancestry research, I found out that my great, great, great, grandfather was a loyalist and settled in Rawdon. He was actually the first surveyor and he is buried in the local cemetery only a few kilometers away from our house!” she said with a sense of wonderment. “Who would have thought this is where I would end up and this would happen?” With our mouths open, all we could muster up was, “Wow that IS incredible!” Our time together reminded us of this quote, "Family, like branches in a tree, we all grow in different directions, yet our roots remain as one." Maybe… just maybe… sometimes our deep roots are closer than we think. Who knows what you may find when you “go down the rabbit hole.” – Happy Researching Lynn

Meet Jackie – A Delightful Lady Who Loves Happy Hens and More

As we strolled by her booth at the Truro Farmers’ Market last Saturday, we made comments which just happen to start up a conversation, “Wow, we are happy with how much space there is to walk in the aisles today. It feels less crowded, more relaxed, and it’s giving us much more time to chat with vendors,” we smiled. “Yes, you are right. It is great, “she smiled back. After a few minutes of casual conversation, we introduced ourselves and learned this delightful lady’s name is Jackie. We quickly learned many things about Jackie including that she is the youngest of eleven siblings, she has two adult children and she lives in nearby Beaver Brook. “Oh, you don’t have too far to travel to come to the Market,” we remarked. “No, I don’t,” she smiled. “I love coming here and I love representing Sugar Moon Farm every Saturday. I’ve been doing it for about four years now!” Between working in Bible Hill during the week and the Market on Saturdays, she still finds time for her other passion. “I love happy hens” she giggled. “Happy hens?” we asked curiously. “Yes, I love them. I actually paint happy hens in different situations.” She took out her cell phone and proudly showed us a few photos of her happy hens. “Oh my, these are cute!” we chuckled. The paintings should not have come as such a surprise to us. We think they are a perfect fit for a lady who has such a fun, positive, and cheerful disposition. We thank you for sharing some of your time with us Jackie. It was a pleasure chatting with you. We are looking forward to doing it again during our next trip to the Market. Here is to delightful conversation, micro moments and of course, happy hens!

Meet Irma ~ A Dog Lover Who Still Has a Mission

We walked into the NSCC Truro Camps Café and there she was smiling behind the counter. We quickly made our way over, said hello, and embraced in a big hug. “It’s so nice to see you again. Would you like to sit and chat with us after you finish closing up for the day?” She enthusiastically replied, “Sure that sounds great!” The first question we asked Irma was, “Are you from Truro?” She quickly replied, “I am from East Mountain actually. I moved to Fredericton and lived there for 15 years before moving back here after my dad passed away to take care of my mom.” She lit up when she told us that she had 5 dogs while living in Fredericton. “Wow, 5 dogs?” we remarked. “I love Shelties. They are my heart dog” she said with her hand over her heart. Irma went on to share that she practices Animal Reiki and Animal Communication. “I love giving people information to make the right decision about their fur babies.” she beamed. Irma has a special glow about her, so we asked, “You seem like a very calm person. Are you?” She smiled, “Yes, I am. I am a spiritual person. After being introduced to mediation by a close friend, I now practice twice a day, 20 minutes in the morning and at night. It really helps calm my mind.” Her voice lowered and she said, “Also, I was in a really bad car accident 4 years ago. The doctor told me at the hospital that I was very lucky to have survived. I guess it just was not my time. I still have a mission.” she said with grace. We also learned that spending time with family is important to her. “My sister and her family moved back here a year and a half ago from Yellowknife. She has four children between the ages of 4 – 14.” She continued, “They call me Zia instead of Aunt,” she laughed. “Oh, that is Italian for Aunt. Do you have Italian heritage?” we asked curiously. She laughed again, “No, it’s because I wanted to be called something different and I love Italian pizza.”

Meet GP – Firefighter who Loves to Cook

It all started with us posting a wireless keyboard and mouse for sale on Facebook Marketplace and ended in a new friendship being formed. We recently met up again with GP over coffee where we had the opportunity to learn more about him. GP moved to Truro from India 6 years ago. One of the first things he did was join the Truro Volunteer Fire Brigade. “Volunteer work is big for us in India. A couple of times a year, we would all chip in to buy and prepare food then set up a tent by the highway and give it away for free to passersby. Sometimes we would just pass out cold water or lemonade on a hot day.” It was very easy to hear in his voice how important giving back to the community is to him. “Do you have any hobbies?” we asked. “Actually, I love to cook. About once a month, I prepare rice, beans, and chicken and drop it all off at the Hub House for their guests to enjoy a taste of Indian food,” he smiled humbly. “I love to share the gift of food with others.” GP and his wife have a 4 year old son who attends French Preschool. “I drop him off and pick him up every day, but the only word I know in French is bonjour,” he laughed. He went on to share that he is now self-employed after working at Sears until it closed. “My wife said, ‘you are getting too lazy here, we have to move’.” he chuckled then added, “since she has a brother in Toronto we decided to go there for 15 days to try it out to compare lifestyles. She soon said, ‘No, we are not moving there!’” He laughed. She quickly realized that the quality of life in Truro and area is exactly where she wants to be as do I.” he said with a wide smile. We thank you GP for spending some time with us. Your warm, kind energy is wonderful to be around. Here is to giving back, loving your community, and of course, great food!

Meet Gail ~ The Beauty Within and Out

We had just finished up a meeting and were leaving the Cobequid Educational Centre when we spotted a rather cheerful looking security officer behind a desk. After chatting for a few moments, we learned that though Gail grew up in Stewiacke she considers herself a Truronian since she has been living here so long. “I just love this town. Actually, I love all of Nova Scotia. I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else even though we sometimes have temperature changes from +8 one day to -18 the next,” she chuckled. We thought it would be intriguing to ask, “We know you wouldn’t want to live anywhere else, but if you could travel to anywhere in the world where would you like to go?” She paused a moment, “I would love to go to Alaska. I watch it on tv and I think it looks so interesting. I would love to go for a few months to experience the peacefulness, wilderness, and the people.” This mother of two adult boys also told us that her and her husband are planning on taking their first trip to Edmonton, Alberta by late summer or early fall. “My oldest son lives there and we’re looking forward to our first visit.” She told us, “He got married back in 2013 and you know what? We all flew to Las Vegas for the wedding. Let me tell you that was quite the experience!” she laughed. Before leaving, we asked Gail if we could take her photo. She originally declined and said that she never liked having her picture taken even as a child. We pointed out to her, “You are a lovely woman. How about we take a photo and if you don’t like it, we will delete it?” she agreed. After showing her the photo she said, “You know what, I’ve been like that my whole life. I think it may be ok to change. Sure, you can use it.” With grateful hearts, we took her hand and smiled. Sophia Loren's famous quote says “Nothing makes a woman more beautiful than the belief that she is beautiful.” Truer words were never spoken.

Meet Yvan – From Brazil to Canada with Love

We first met this student of the NSCC International Business Program while volunteering at the 13th Annual Mawio’mi Event held in January. We kept in touch and were delighted he agreed to meet us for coffee recently. Yvan’s energy is vibrant and his love of life and adventure are inspiring. We discovered that he is originally from San Paulo, Brazil, and was a practicing lawyer there for five years. “I had a hard time dealing with the subject matter of a lot of my cases. It was beginning to take a toll on me and my heart which I think may be too big,” he smiled. “I decided it was not for me and I needed to make a big change in my life. So, I did,” he laughed. On a whim, Yvan decided to go to Dublin, Ireland for a vacation. He met his future wife who was there from China studying English. “We met, started dating, fell in love, and moved in together. It was wonderful,” he beamed. When school ended though, they realized they had a problem. Her parents wanted her to return to China. Since Yvan and his girlfriend did not want to be separated, they got married and decided to go to Brazil together. Eventually though, they had to see her family. “We went to China for one month to visit. It was nice, but it was not the home for us either.” They put their heads together and came up with the perfect solution, Yvan explained, “Let’s find a new country - not yours, not mine, but ours. Let’s try Canada!” And they chose Nova Scotia. “We looked it up on the map and the location was really good. The immigration strategy seemed welcoming and it appeared that Nova Scotia was the friendliest part of Canada. So here we are!“ he said gratefully. “We’ve lived in Halifax almost 2 years and we love it. We don’t even mind the snow,” he giggled, “it’s magical.” We’re so happy you and your love embraced Nova Scotia as your new home, Yvan. Cheers to life, romance, and unexpected adventures.

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