Who’s Who

Who’s Who: Colleen Hagen: Who We all Want to Be!

Who’s Who: Colleen Hagen: Who We all Want to Be! By Mike Butler If I have one wish, as a writer for The Grapevine, it’s that I never run out of theatre friends to feature in this column. I look at the younger generations taking summer drama camps, performing in school productions, and falling in love with theatre and I think it’s safe to say the list will grow and grow. That list, and the many youth performers on it, find their love of drama and performance from those adults who exude their own love of drama and for years…
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Who’s Who: Jordan MacPhee

Who’s Who: Jordan MacPhee By Mike Butler Professional makeup artist Jordan MacPhee’s work literally makes me green with envy! I met Jordan last fall when I was preparing to play The Grinch for the CentreStage production of How The Grinch Stole Christmas. It was a daunting task to transform my above-average good looks into the green, mean, furry mass of unpleasantness that is the iconic Grinch, but with Jordan behind the brush, we pulled off something brilliant and enjoyable. During the 45 minutes of sitting through the makeup application, we chatted and I learned a lot about this very talented…
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Who’s Who: Lori Moore

Who’s Who: Lori Moore By Mike Butler Spring has sprung, and actually, I think summer might just be around the corner. It’s the time of year to get outside and enjoy the sun and beautiful energy of your community. It’s also a great time to exercise your body, mind, and soul and I know just the person to help you do that. Lori Moore was born just outside of Dartmouth, NS, in what was at the time Halifax County. She always wanted to be a teacher, but it seemed like an impossible feat to meet the needs of 28 students…
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Who’s Who: Zack Clarke: The Supplement King

Who’s Who: Zack Clarke: The Supplement King By Mike Butler There’s a new business on Main Street, Wolfville that’s pumped to be serving the surrounding community, and its owner is even more excited to be one of the many leaving their mark on the thriving Wolfville business community. Zack Clarke and Supplement King have been flexing their business muscles for months now and I’m very proud to introduce this smiley, wonderful new face to all my readers. Zack Clarke was born in Halifax and was raised in Middle Sackville. He’s currently living in Kingsport and loves all aspects of Valley…
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Who’s Who: Mayar Tahina

Who’s Who: Mayar Tahina By Mike Butler A few months ago, I was presented with a certificate from MLA Keith Irving at a special ceremony recognizing the achievements of the many volunteers and professionals in our community. It was a great and humbling honour to be in the presence of so many wonderful people. I looked around at the “celebrity” panel of honourees and it dawned on me rather quickly that many had appeared in my Who’s Who column. And, so like any good journalist, I took it upon myself to network with those new faces that have not been…
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Who’s Who: Linda Wheeldon: Just Plain WOW!

Who’s Who: Linda Wheeldon: Just Plain WOW! By Mike Butler Linda Wheeldon is a powerhouse with an incredible (and literal) WOW factor when you get to know her. Her infectious smile, warm hugs, happy heart, and strength (the list goes on), have made Wolfville a much better community to live in. Knowing Linda can trickle in and out of your day. Her love and support of my husband Ian and I has been so appreciated over the years and it’s quite an honour to share Linda’s story with my readers (and gush a little bit about how much she means…
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Who’s Who: Heather Hewins of B-Fit Cardio & Fitness

Who’s Who: Heather Hewins of B-Fit Cardio & Fitness By Mike Butler Heather Hewins literally takes my breath away. She makes me sweat, and she makes my heart palpitate like no one I’ve met before. Now, isn’t that a great introduction? Well, as romantic as it sounds, I’m actually describing the B-Fit Cardio workout Heather put me through a few weeks ago. I was introduced to Heather and her awesome program through a friend and I’m excited to tell you about her and what she offers to her clients. Heather is originally from Lower Sackville and moved to the Valley…
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Who’s Who: Jimi Doidge

Who’s Who: Jimi Doidge By Mike Butler All Aboard the Maritime Express! There’s a marvelous new business in Kentville, in case you haven’t heard, called Maritime Express Cider Company. Nestled in the newly-renovated space of the historic Cornwallis Inn, where a few new businesses have found their niche (among them Sailor Bup’s Barbershop and Phantom Effects Special Effects make-up technicians), Maritime Express has quickly become the go-to place for social engagements and fun with friends in Kentville. Not only is the atmosphere delightful, but the product is top notch as well. And who is one of the people behind it?…
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Who’s Who: Sarah Anderson of East Coast Pop Up Weddings

Who’s Who: Sarah Anderson of East Coast Pop Up Weddings By Mike Butler Not many people know this but I actually got married TWICE last year. It’s funny to say and only carries so much truth to it, but it’s a great story. On July 14, I got married at the Acadia Chapel. It was amazing and everybody knows about it. And then a few months later, my husband and I were asked to be part of a promotional photo shoot for East Coast Pop Up Weddings, and we went through the ceremonial motions again with our friend Justice of…
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Who’s Who: Jesse Van Gestel: Top of The Charts

Who’s Who: Jesse Van Gestel: Top of The Charts By Mike Butler 2019 marks the tenth anniversary of when I began writing for The Grapevine. This Who’s Who column has always been a favourite of mine to create each issue because there’s never a shortage of wonderful folk to meet, write about, and be inspired by here in the Valley. We all know people who make our community a better place to live, whether through their business, their personality, or their volunteer contributions. My 2019 Who’s Who opener is a great human being who has carved his spot in our…
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