Voices of Pictou County: Jim Swain

Jim Swain was born in September, 1945 and remained in the hospital until Christmas Eve. With no one to take care of him, he went back and forth from foster home to foster home in a period of three years. His first was the Birch Hill Receiving Home of the Children’s Aid Society in Stellarton. It was torn down in the 1960s and the NSCC Pictou campus stands in its place now, though the memories of those who once called it home endure. JOHN BRANNEN - THE NEWS

Voices of Pictou County: Donna Munroe

Donna Munroe of Westville worked at the Aberdeen Zellers for 32 years. Starting as a cashier, she worked her way up to office staff and finally became a human resources manager. With the store’s closing in March, she and many other staff left behind not only jobs, but also memories. JOHN BRANNEN - THE NEWS

Voices of Pictou County: Karl Crawford

Karl Crawford was named this year's Woodland Owner of the Year for the Central Region of Nova Scotia. He talked with The News about his experience raising a young fawn he found in the woods and also about his experiencing releasing ducks on his property with Ducks Unlimited.

Voices of Pictou County: The Artist

Joan Krawczyk lived in the center of New York City’s art scene as a dealer and artist for films and commissions for about 20 years before packing up and deciding to settle down in a former church in Trenton where she now resides. Krawczyk says she loves living in a small town and painting the people who live in it. Interview and Photos by Amy MacKenzie. Video by Amy MacKenzie.

Voices of Pictou County: The Lobster Fishing Couple

Angus and Darlene MacDonald have been married for 43 years and lobster fishing together for 23 of them. Interview and Photos by Daniel Campbell. Video by Amy MacKenzie

Voices of Pictou County: The Veteran

Burton (Burt) Sears joined the Royal Canadian Navy as Canada went to war. The WWII veteran fought in the Battle of the Atlantic, which involved fighting off attacks while shipping supplies across the Atlantic from North America to Britain. Interview and Photos by John Brannen. Video by Amy MacKenzie.

Voices of Pictou County: The man trying to save his local rink

Craig Clarke grew up playing hockey in Pictou’s Hector Arena and now, he a coach in that same rink. When the rink faced closure because of expensive repairs, Clarke launched an online voting campaign which won the rink $20,000 from the Kraft Hockey Goes On competition. Interview and Photos by Christopher Cameron. Video by Amy MacKenzie.

Voices of Pictou County: The Bagpiper

Lorna MacIsaac started playing with the Heatherbell Girls Pipe Band when she was a little girl in the 1970s. She continues to play the bagpipes to this day and encourages local youth and adults to learn Scottish music through teaching and her involvement in the Atlantic Canadian Pipe Band Association. Interview and Photos by Amy MacKenzie. Video by Amy MacKenzie.

Voices of Pictou County: The Music Teacher

David Pos taught music in schools in Pictou County for 25 years. He continues to play jazz music in the county. Interview and Photos by John Brannen. Video by Amy MacKenzie.

Voices of Pictou County: The Comic Book Enthusiast

Brian Fitzgerald says there is something for everyone in comic books. He recently started a comic book club that meets in the New Glasgow Library. Interview and Photos by Amy MacKenzie. Video by Amy MacKenzie.

Voices of Pictou County: The Piano Tuner

Kenny Rockey started tuning pianos when he found getting his tuned cost more than it the instrument was worth. He is a piano tuner living in Pictou County and has interacted with more of the instruments than most. The majority of instruments he works on are between 70 and 100 years old. Interview and Photos by Adam MacInnis. Video by Amy MacKenzie

Voices of Pictou County: The Athlete

Peter Corbin started doing triathlons for fun when he was six-years-old. For the past two years, the 14-year-old has been doing them competitively and says he loves all three aspects of the sport: swimming, running and biking. Interview and Photos by Christopher Cameron. Video by Amy MacKenzie.

Voices of Pictou County: The Protester

Peter Boyle is a tireless advocate for his community. He was a founder of the Trenton-Hillside Environmental Watch Association which opposes the use of coal at the Trenton Generating Station. His passion and drive has caught the ears of local citizens and federal politicians alike. Since his childhood, he's always rooted for the underdog and this has shaped him into the person he is today. Interview and Photos by John Brannen. Video by Amy MacKenzie.

 

Series produced by Amy MacKenzie.
Interviews and Photos by Amy MacKenzie, Adam MacInnis,
Christopher Cameron, Daniel Campbell and John Brannen.
Design by Kevin Bent.