Who’s Who

Mark Riley: The Man with the Bands!

This man has got me singing the blues and singing his praises! Ladies and gentleman, Mark Riley! Mark Riley was born into a very musical family, just outside of Dartmouth, in Lake Loon.  Mark’s dad, now almost 80, has been singing and playing guitar in church and gospel groups since he was a young man. Mark, along with his nine brothers and sisters, grew up singing in choirs, gospel groups, and family sing-songs. Those musical roots eventually took him and his talent to Toronto, where he played music with a few bands and was featured in a film for the…
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Johanne McInnis: Hitting ALL the Right Notes!

How do you sum up a person and their amazing talents in a small article like this? This is the question I ask myself every time I sit down to write a profile. The answer is, I can’t! All I can do is pique some interest in, paint half a picture of, and offer a small taste of the people I write about. Johanne McInnis is a very talented musician and promoter of the arts. Let’s see if I hit the right notes with her profile. Johanne J. McInnis was born and raised in Quebec, 10 minutes from the Old…
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Paul Dunn…A Dunn Deal

I really enjoy writing this column. I get to meet so many interesting people. Sometimes I’ve seen these people on the street or at the Farmers’ Market, and then down the road we connect for a Who’s Who profile, and it’s a great feeling. This is sort of how Paul Dunn came to me. I remember seeing Paul here and there, and then a few weeks ago he agreed to be profiled here. And what an interesting guy! Paul Dunn lives in New Minas with his wife Gail and their three children: Jackson, Abby and Ashton. Paul and Gail moved to…
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Will Cooper: Coloring Our World

Sometimes a Who’s Who is just a few steps from my front door…literally! Will Cooper appeared at my yard sale last year on Chestnut Ave to buy things “to distract the kids” while he moved into his new house, just a few doors down. And now Will’s my newest Who’s Who! Will Cooper was born in England but grew up mostly in Canada, first in rural Manitoba and then Nova Scotia. Moving around and travelling became two of Will’s biggest “hobbies”. He’s lived in Sierra Leone, France, South Korea, New Zealand and Australia. After six years in New Zealand, Will,…
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Stephen Wilsack: An Innovative Guy!

Leave it to the computer tech guy to come up with an innovative way to handle a Who’s Who interview. I sent Stephen Wilsack my Who’s Who questions to answer (via email is always the way they arrive), but what does Stephen do? He sends a video of himself answering the questions! It was original and fun, just like Stephen, and a new approach to how this process works for me. Stephen Wilsack is from Stellerton. He attended Acadia, taking business and passing with flying colours. Stephen owes a lot to Acadia but above all things, that’s where he met…
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Adrian Montfort-Guy: Paper + Scissors = You Rock!

For this issue’s Who’s Who, I travelled to Paradise. I thought the only treasure in Paradise was Pearle’s Fish and Chips, but I have found something else, folks: a talented, unique ,and pleasant paper-cut artist named Adrian Montfort-Guy. This guy is a cut above the rest, in person and in his profession! Adrian Montfort-Guy is 43. He was born and raised in the UK, but later moved to Paradise with his husband of 22 years (congrats!) to embrace a simpler life. From the big city to a farmhouse in Paradise with 20 chickens, a one-legged duck, two cats, and a…
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Jeremy Webb: Thanking you in Stages

I write this Who’s Who column for a number of reasons: to meet interesting new people, explore their life and work,and then have the pleasure of telling readers all about them. In many cases, I write about a person I’ve known for a while and take this opportunity to thank that person because they’ve contributed to my life in a very significant way. Sharing it with all of you is just a bonus! Which brings me to Jeremy Webb. Yes, THE Jeremy Webb fits into both of these categories. I say THE Jeremy Webb because he’s pretty awesome as a person,…
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Aaron Cumberland: the Racqueteer

I know a lot of active and busy people. I am one of them, but no one has come close to Aaron Cumberland! His achievements, his interests, his talents…this guy needs the Who’s Who spotlight! Aaron Cumberland is the Tennis Guy: always causing a racquet, and the guy everyone wants to court. Aaron was born in Romania, grew up in the U.S. and Canada and has lived all over Canada, but mostly in Ontario. Nice serve! Aaron studied theatre, specializing in improv and comedy sketch, training at Second City in Toronto. He holds several fitness certifications and teaches senior fitness,…
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Zanne Handley: In a Class All Her Own!

When I was a video-store rat many years ago, I use to serve this adorable couple, Zanne and Ian. They were always smiling, and Zanne had the most incredible set of dreadlocks I’d ever seen. We talked movies, art, literature, politics, current events and even fun stuff like cartoons and food. I’ve recently become reacquainted with them, and I’d like you meet Zanne Handley. Zanne is the French and Social Studies teacher at Bridgetown Regional High School, as well as Advisor for the Gay-Straight Alliance at BRHS. She loves all aspects of her job, but those lunch-hour conversations with students…
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Holly Woodworth: Leading the WAY!

Many people ask me where I find the people I write about in this column. Well, I take recommendations, I ask people on the street, I have a list of local “celebrities” whom I’ve always wanted to know more about, and then there are good old random happenings. Holly Woodworth falls into the “random” category. I was in the post office last week and noticed a poster for Wolfville Area Youth (WAY) with Holly’s contact information on it. The next thing you know, she was a Who’s Who subject! Holly was born out west, but her family stems from Nova…
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