Peggy Atkinson, whose hometown is Liverpool; believes in giving back to her community. She volunteers with the Liverpool International Theatre Festival, Kiwanis Club, Queens General Hospital Auxiliary, Queens County Historical Society. She is retired from local politics, says she's a political "junky", enjoys reading, current affairs - and always CBC!
I retired after 34 years from the Gillette Company and then moved with my wonderful wife Sarah from Massachusetts to Nova Scotia in 2005 and we became Canadian Citizens in 2010. I am the president of the Parrsboro Lions Club, chair of our local community health board and the chair of the Parrsboro Canadian Cancer Society Relay For Life Event 2011. I am a member of Twn recreation committee,trail committee,citizen liaison committee for Tidal power and Board of Trade. I am an active member of our church and sing in a trio group. I am a Mason of Minas Lodge 67. I love writing songs and singing and golfing.
Jimmie is a homegrown community-driven entrepreneur. His passion for trains and the preservation of local history led him to buy the Tatamagouche train station at the age of 18. He and his wife Shelley restored the train station and opened it as the Unique Country Inn in 1989. He has been a "party liner" for the past 19 years. Jimmie was elected to the Colchester Municipal Council in 2000 and represents North Colchester (Tatamagouche and surrounding area.)
Ken Langille is a retired teacher at Yarmouth Consolidated Memorial High School. He also teaches inmates at the Southwest Nova Scotia Correctional Facility and serves as a Councillor for the Town of Yarmouth. He has been very dedicated to the residents of Yarmouth serving on many boards and agencies. Most recently, he is the Chair of the Town of Yarmouth's 250th Celebrations in 2011.
Sara Keddy lives just outside Berwick with her husband and two young children. She fills more than her days as managing editor of a Canadian Forces newspaper, is up to her eyeballs in Girl Guides and has a sharp eye for bulletin boards, the best hall tea party sandwiches and sweets and making connections with fun and cool people and activities in the community.
I am a carpenter who has lived in Chester Basin, N.S. for the past 33 years. I have been blessed over the years with the opportunity to be involved with youth recreation through local sport programs. I have also spent many years as part of the Recreation Commission for the Municipality of Chester trying to meet the needs of the community as a whole. I am curently involved with the organizing committeee for a successful Canada Games 2011 in Nova Scotia.
I retired, after 28 years at the local public library, as Community Services Librarian. I have lived in New Glasgow for 30 years, originally from Halifax and always a CBC listener no matter where it is found on the dial! I enjoy the size of New Glasgow and its community spirit and pride . New Glasgow offers many opportunities to be involved in a number of varied activities. It is rewarding to share and showcase New Glasgow to other Nova Scotians. Travel and learning about new places and meeting new people gives me an appreciation for all communities.
Wayne Currie is a retired Naval Officer who lives in Annapolis Royal. Wayne likes to be involved in his community and amongst other things, is the Chair of the Annapolis West Health Foundation, the Chair of the King's Shorts Ten Minute Play Festival, is on the Board of Directors of Theatre Nova Scotia and is involved in the local music scene. In his newfound love of theatre, Wayne is an actor, a playwright and a director. When time permits Wayne is a very bad golfer.
Mary LeBlanc retired in 2005 after 33 years of teaching and is enjoying retirement fully! She has been married to Edmund for 37 years and is a proud mom to five children and equally proud mémère to three grand children (soon to be five)! She spends time cruising, traveling to visit the children, community volunteering, curling, reading, solving crossword puzzles (especially the NY Times), running, golf, and of course, being a CBC junkie! Guaranteed never to be still!
Laura Churchill Duke
Laura Churchill Duke grew up in Port Williams in the Annapolis Valley. After receiving a degree in organizational psychology at Acadia, she moved to Japan to teach English. Since returning to Canada, Laura received an advanced diploma in Public Relations from the NSCC and worked as a research manager for the Centre for Organizational Research and Development at Acadia which focuses on stress in the workplace. Laura now lives in Kentville with her husband David and her two boys Daniel (4) and Thomas (2). In her spare time, she was the chair of fundraising for the newly established Port Williams Park, and is currently on the playground committee for the new KCA school. Laura is also the Chair of Marketing and Publicity for CentreStage Theatre in Kentville and acts as a freelance writer for various publications in the province.
I do some freelance writing for Transcontinental papers, the Vanguard, Advertiser, Register, etc and always have a column in the Seniors' Advocate. I still do about a dozen gigs a year as a storyteller/entertainer, mostly as an after dinner speaker at banquets, festivals, office parties etc. I'm very interested in antique cars, I have a 1927 Model T Ford and a 1931 Model A Woody Wagon. I volunteer at the Acadian museum and village (plus a hundred other places) in Pubnico.
Lisa Gleave lives on the banks of the St. Croix river just outside her birthplace of Windsor, Nova Scotia. She is the General Manager at the internationally renowned Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia. She enjoys spending time with her family, growing her own food, and listening to excellent Canadian Indie music.
David is a very proud husband to Barb and father of five great kids. He is the Director of Recreation and Culture for the Municipality of East Hants. He is a volunteer in his community acting as head coach for the Jump 2 it Trampoline Club and provincially as a volunteer for Recreation Nova Scotia. He enjoys sailing with his "crew", woodturning and anything that gets him outdoors for long periods of time.
Patrick Hirtle is proud to call beautiful Bridgewater, in the heart of Nova Scotia's LaHave River Valley, his home. Raised in nearby Mahone Bay, after completing his BA (St. Thomas University) and MA (UNB) in History, Patrick returned to the South Shore to begin building a life in Bridgewater. He was elected to Bridgewater Town Council in 2008 and, at the age of 26, was the youngest elected official in the town's history. Through council, he is involved in a number of committees and community groups, ranging from the South Shore Public Library Board to Bridgewater's Sustainability Festival organizing committee. A passionate sports fan, Patrick has also served as the president of the Bridgewater and Area Mixed Softball League for the past two years.