Who’s Who

Who’s Who: John Ebata & Mary Lou Sicoly: Let’s Make MUSIC!

Mike Butler Well, this is going to be a different kind of ‘Who’s Who’. I tend to focus on one community member and usually pick someone who is relatively unknown. Well, with this article I’ve chosen not one but two (even three if you think about it) community members who are very well-known and I am so excited to feature their talents and their joyous personalities with you. I am pleased that our venues are opening back up to feature live shows and music again and this is a duo (trio) that you need to seek out to support and…
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Who’s Who: David Hovell

A Little Wine, A Little Magic, and A Big BusMike Butler David Hovell and I go WAY back! Well, not that WAY back but a while at least! I have been a proud tour guide on the Magic Winery Bus for four of its ten years on the road, and it’s been something I cherish and thank David for all the time. He loves this area as much as I do and David sees potential when there’s nothing in front of him, sees opportunity when it hasn’t even knocked yet, and sees growth when the seed has barely been planted….
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Who’s Who: Sehkahnee Reynolds

Mike Butler Sehkahnee Reynolds is the coolest, let’s just get that out of the way! He is a barber and owner of Sehkahnee’s Ascension Hair Grooming and Accessories shop in Wolfville, but he’s so much more! Sehkahnee’s is THE place to get a smooth fade and to chill out while getting spruced up. Sehkahnee Reynolds is a Jamaican-Canadian who grew up in Toronto. He was raised as an athlete, and that’s why he came to Nova Scotia: “I was offered a scholarship to play ball at Acadia. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in sociology, came here after my…
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Who’s Who: Mia Lockhart: Mamma Mia!

Love your body, trust your core, feel your powerMike Butler This Who’s Who was a year in the making. It’s always nice to have some great people on the backburner for articles, and I’ve been so excited to get to this point of the year to introduce and promote this fabulous Valley resident. This strong, fierce, and beyond friendly business owner is a shining example of community light and inspiration. I am so proud to tell you about Mia Lockhart! Mia was born and raised on the west coast just outside Vancouver, and fell in love with an easterner first…
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Who’s Who: Stephanie Battams A Cut Above the Rest!

Mike Butler I love puns, and I will try my best not to fill this Who’s Who article with puns! That’s my disclaimer as I navigate telling you about a gem of a local. This wonderful woman is a shear delight and I am honoured to finally feature her hair…I mean HERE! It’s early in the article, trust me, the hair puns will make sense soon! Stephanie Battams was born and raised in Calgary (those are her roots), attained a cosmetology license while in high school, and then moved to Nova Scotia with her five-year-old daughter on a leap of…
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Who’s Who: Bradley Dundas and Trillium Osteopathy

Mike Butler It’s a new year and I am proud to write about a new business that’s starting in Berwick called Trillium Osteopathy! Here’s a peek at that business and its owner and operator Bradley Dundas. Bradley lived most of his life in London, Ontario until 2019. He started working in a hospital in patient care right out of high school and decided the best job in the hospital is doctor, so he earned two undergraduate degrees at Western University while he worked at the hospital. “I wasn’t accepted into the medicine program,” he says, “but I did get offered…
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Who’s Who #250: The Women of Wolfville Town Council (and Mike Too!)

Mike Butler I have never been one to shy away from acknowledging outstanding people and their achievements in my community. For 12 years I have been privileged to write my Uncorked and Who’s Who columns for The Grapevine (happy anniversary month to me!) and this Who’s Who is extremely special to me as it’s my 250th community member profile! With that achievement I have decided to go all-out and feature not one, but SIX important community members. Over the last few months, this dynamic troupe of Wolfville residents have been very much in the spotlight as your newly elected mayor…
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Who’s Who: Burton L. Russell

Mister Valley SportsBy Mike Butler I am going to start my 2021 Who’s Who roster with someone who embodies two of my favourite things: community and history. Now, these qualities barely scratch the surface when describing Burton L. Russell but they’re a great start. Burton L. Russell is so Valley-famous that an introduction seems almost pointless, but I love writing introductions so I’m going to do it anyway. Burton is a preserver of Valley history, something that is a lost art in my mind, and over the years Burton has produced an incredible wealth of historic Valley literature both pleasing…
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Who’s Who: Dr. Darcy Worthylake and Kate Matheson

By Mike Butler New Business Alert! New Business Alert! There’s nothing more fun than getting to introduce readers to a new business and its owners. This couple have opened Worthylake Sports Therapy Clinic on Main street in Wolfville and it is very exciting for them, and for you! Darcy Worthylake and Kate Matheson grew up here in the Valley, Darcy in Kentville and Kate in Canning, and they knew each other in high school. They both left to go to university, in Ontario and Quebec, and have since spent the last 15 years studying, working, and travelling around Canada and…
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Who’s Who: Peter Dewar: The KING-stec of Cooking!

By Mike Butler I have a hard time saying no when asked to be part of a project, be it theatre, fashion shows, or fundraiser events. I love helping and being part of the community in all forms because I get to meet some pretty fascinating people along the way. The Valley Regional Hospital Foundation recently asked me to host some online cooking tutorials as part of their Harvest for Health fundraiser. Myself, a sous-chef (an employee of the Valley Regional Hospital), and a celebrity chef spent a few hours creating a culinary masterpiece with a prominent Valley fruit or…
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