Who’s Who

Who’s Who: Three Cheers for Chris Cunningham!

Who’s Who: Three Cheers for Chris Cunningham! Mike Butler   Have you heard of the Integrity Cheer Empire or ICE, for short? Well, ICE is one of the coolest all-star cheerleading organizations around, and I feel so fortunate to tell you about one of ICE’s main cheerpersons, Chris Cunningham.   Chris Cunningham is originally from Halifax, NS, but has spent the last six years of his life working in Toronto as the program director for a large and well-known all-star cheerleading program called PCT or Power Cheer Toronto. “I had many positive experiences with this program, including being named the…
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Who’s Who: Michael Bawtree and the Best Books of the Year!

Who’s Who: Michael Bawtree and the Best Books of the Year! By Mike Butler I will never forget it. I was in high school and I’d heard about this wonderful new establishment in Wolfville called the Atlantic Festival Theatre, a unique and elaborate stage modeled after the thrust stage of the Stratford Theatre in Stratford, Ontario. It was a breathtaking adventure for a sixteen year old to see that kind of stage and the professional theatre that was performed on it. I was chosen in its first year to be an usher and one of the workers in the gift…
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Who’s Who: Bryan Gibson!

Who’s Who: Bryan Gibson! By Mike Butler Generally, for my Who’s Who column, as well as my Uncorked column, I stick pretty close to the arts community for my subjects and topics. I understand though that our community is made up of very special people who contribute to other areas like politics, science, and sports, so it’s always fun and exciting to branch out and write about someone within one of those worlds. When I was growing up in Kentville, my father owned his own sporting goods store, so I was surrounded by hockey, golf, football, baseball, etc. I never…
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Who’s Who: Dr. Peter Ricketts: The New Mr. Acadia!

Who’s Who: Dr. Peter Ricketts: The New Mr. Acadia! By Mike Butler Although I loved my summer vacation, I was one of those kids who was more excited about the return to school after the summer. I got to see my friends, learn new things, and school was always fun for me. In Wolfville, with the university, it’s always a treat to see the students hustle back into town and “take over” for the school year. There are new faces, cultures, experiences, and new friendships to be made with the latest school year commencing.To welcome the students back at Acadia,…
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Who’s Who: Karissa Fraser: A Knead to Know Local!

Who’s Who: Karissa Fraser: A Knead to Know Local! By Mike Butler A few months ago I emceed the MOMFEST event at the Louis Millet Centre in New Minas. This event is a very special thing here in the valley where mothers can go and visit information booths and attend workshops on various topics pertaining to motherhood, raising a child, and health and wellness, while interacting with other mothers and sharing stories and experiences about raising children. The event also features extracurricular activities the valley has to offer for moms and their children. I met a slew of interesting business…
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Who’s Who: Brooke Johnson and Her Trudeau Stories!

Who’s Who: Brooke Johnson and Her Trudeau Stories! By Mike Butler As the Valley Summer Theatre show “I Do, I Do” closes, a new show moves into the Al Whittle Theatre to round out their ninth season and I want to share the story of the special woman behind it. Trudeau Stories, a one-woman spectacle comes to town from August 10 to August 13 and here’s some background on Brooke Johnson, writer and star of the show. Brooke Johnson was born in Toronto in the early sixties. Her family moved out of the city, when she was 9 until age…
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Who’s Who: Ian Gilmore & Amy Reitsma, The I Do, I Do Duo

Who’s Who: Ian Gilmore & Amy Reitsma, The I Do, I Do Duo By Mike Butler What an exciting Who’s Who! I rarely get to write about duos, but this one is so special that I couldn’t resist. Ian Gilmore and Amy Reitsma are coming to Wolfville this month to perform in Valley Summer Theatre’s ninth season opener I Do! I Do! and I want to tell you all about them and this fantastic show. Let’s start with Amy! Amy Reitsma is originally from Seabright. She attended Queen’s University for music (singing), and after graduating she worked in theatre and…
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Who’s Who: Chief Sidney Peters

Who’s Who: Chief Sidney Peters By Mike Butler   What a true honour it is to share this ‘Who’s Who’ profile with you! This fascinating man came my way via recommendation (which sometimes produces the most interesting ‘Who’s Who’ articles), and I am so thankful my email was working that day! It has been a superb experience getting to know Chief Sidney Peters through our interview and I’m delighted to share his story with you. Chief Sidney Peters is the 13th of 14 children to the past Chief Joseph Peters and Doris Peters. He was born and raised in Middleton,…
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Who’s Who: Jeremy Lutes

Who’s Who: Jeremy Lutes By Mike Butler This ‘Who’s Who’ is about a real prince of a fella everyone! I’ve known Jeremy Lutes, and his wonderful parents, for many years, but it wasn’t until recently when I interviewed Jeremy on my half-hour discussion show on Eastlink TV called Annapolis Valley In-Focus, that we really got to know each other well. Jeremy is an intelligent, positive, talented, and genuinely nice person, and I’m very excited to feature him here. Jeremy Germain Lutes was the last baby (or so he was told) born in the Wolfville hospital and, believe it or not…
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Who’s Who: Diana Shelley

Who’s Who: Diana Shelley By Mike Butler Have you ever had that moment where you’ve seen a face for years, interacted with that face, and felt like you knew that person, but actually could not make the connection when that person and you shared a half a dozen emails because you never knew their name? It wasn’t until Diana Shelley sent me her photo for this profile that the light bulb in my little brain came on and EUREKA, I made the connection of DIANA being the lady I’ve served coffee too (small coffee in the square bottom cup) for…
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