Haley makes county proud with Olympic accomplishment

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WESTVILLE – Pictou County and Westville continued to celebrate the Canadian women’s hockey gold medal victory on Friday with a lot of pride for their own, Lisa (Jordan) Haley.

Her brother Mark Jordan even had a burger added to the menu at Barb’s Family Diner in her honour. The “Gold Medal Olympian Burger” was a hit at lunch on Friday with approximately 40 being served Lisa’s favourite burger.

The platter consists of a burger with fried onions, mushrooms, mozzarella cheese, tomato, lettuce and a homemade sauce. They also added five onion rings, arranged like the Olympic Rings on top of the fries.

Mark said they were looking for a way to celebrate her victory at the diner and thought serving her favourite burger was the best way to do so.

He was also glued to the TV throughout the entire game Thursday when he is normally busy working at the diner, but he said it was important to be off for the game.

“It was an amazing game and I was very excited watching it, but with about five minutes left and down 2-0, I started praying to the hockey gods when it wasn’t looking good,” he said.

When the first goal went in he saw a sliver of hope.

“Once they (United States) hit the post I knew the hockey gods heard me,” said Mark.

Seeing them pull off the victory, 3-2 over the U.S., Mark said he was overwhelmed and pretty close to tears when he saw Lisa on the TV celebrating.

She’s expected to be home sometime in the next month or so to visit, something he said he’s looking forward to since he hasn’t seen his sister in awhile.

“It’s been a long time since I’ve had the chance to see her since she moved to Toronto and then on to Calgary,” he said. “It’s always busy here (diner), so it’s hard to get time off to go visit too. You can keep in touch on the Internet, but it’s just not the same.”

Although he isn’t a blood relative, Lisa’s mother Bev said Mayor Roger MacKay is like family in the Jordan house. Shortly after the final goal on Thursday to clinch a gold medal he stopped over to congratulate the family and say hello after watching the game at the Whitetail Pub.

“There aren’t words that can describe it,” said MacKay. “It’s pretty amazing that they were down 2-0 with eight minutes left and make a big comeback to win like they did. What word can I use here – let’s use joyful. There was a lot of joy seeing her and the team accomplish that.”

MacKay said that Lisa had to work hard to get where she did and that says a lot about the work ethic and determination that she has. He said both as a friend of the family and mayor of the town he is proud and knows everyone in Westville is as well.

“It’s very amazing,” said MacKay of her accomplishment at the Olympics. “She has gone through her paces by coaching at the university level and continuing on. It takes a lot of time and patience to get where she got, but she stuck with it and makes everyone in the town very proud.”

When asked why he believes Lisa is so proud to be from Westville and makes it known that is where she was born, he said it comes back to family and the way she was raised in a great household and community.

“I think it has a lot to do with family,” he said. “She comes from great family and they are proud of their roots. It’s amazing that any time she has been introduced she always says she is from Westville, Nova Scotia. People sometimes say they are from Pictou County or Nova Scotia because people may not know the smaller towns. There’s a great feeling in your heart when you hear her in interviews saying she is from Westville.”


Geographic location: Westville, United States

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  • Eleanor
    February 22, 2014 - 08:57

    Congrats to your family, it was quite an amazing feat... thanks, Lisa from all Pictonians