Who’s Who

Who’s Who: Mark Schofield

Who’s Who: Mark Schofield By Mike Butler Mark Schofield is in the league of people that I call Superhuman! No cape, no x-ray vision, no power to leap over tall buildings, but instead Mark is one of many that I’ve encountered who have suffered an injury, been set back many times in life, and instead of giving up he’s turned his plight around to want to benefit others. This is very superhuman to me and I want to share Mark’s story with you. With so much in the news about head injuries, concussion management in sport and the well-being of…
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Who’s Who: Sasha Nelson and The Hardware Gallery

Who’s Who: Sasha Nelson and The Hardware Gallery By Mike Butler For those of you who don’t know, I have my own show on Eastlink Community TV called Annapolis Valley In-Focus, an interview show where I get to meet and chat with members of our community who are striving in business, and doing what they can to improve our Valley. I am so fortunate to know and to have interviewed Sasha Nelson. A few months ago he appeared on my show, and the setting for the program is actually taped in the Hardware Gallery that Sasha owns and operates in…
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Who’s Who: Norm Surette: Lost and Found

Who’s Who Norm Surette: Lost and Found By Mike Butler Norm Surette popped into T.A.N. Coffee, Wolfville one sunny day while I was working and handed me a CD. It’s pretty common knowledge that I love most genres of music and play music constantly at work and at home, it’s just how I live. Music is very special to me and Norm was kind enough to pass on his latest effort, Lost and Found, which is an engaging, marvelous recording featuring so many terrific singers, all singing Norm’s songs. My next step, naturally, was to tell everyone about the CD…
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Who’s Who: Barry Braun, Happy Community Member!

Who’s Who: Barry Braun, Happy Community Member! By Mike Butler The Valley is filled with exceptional community members. I have the honour of writing about them in this column, including a gentleman I had never met before, but now that I have I’m very excited to share his adventures with you. Barry Braun is the founder of the Happy Community Project. He has a vision to change the world one community at a time and who wouldn’t want to help with that vision? Barry didn’t always have this vision. In fact, for a significant portion of his existence, he was…
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MARIE JARDINE: LITTLE PIGGIES REFLEXOLOGY!

Who’s Who: MARIE JARDINE: LITTLE PIGGIES REFLEXOLOGY! By Mike Butler When was the last time your little piggies went to market? You need to put your best foot forward and go see Marie Jardine. Read on and find out why. Marie Jardine was born and raised in Dartmouth. In 1977 her dad retired from the Navy and they moved to Ontario. She went to high school in Kincardine, a beautiful town on the shores of Lake Huron and then went to Sheridan College to study graphic design and worked in Toronto for a few years. She says, “I worked for…
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Who’s Who: Dr. Allison Walker: The Fungal Fun Gal!

Who’s Who: Dr. Allison Walker: The Fungal Fun Gal! By Mike Butler Acadia University, Wolfville’s biggest employer, is known worldwide as a leader in education and it is a beautiful, essential piece to Wolfville’s notoriety. From Acadia, there have been many extraordinary people who’ve been a part of the Grapevine Who’s Who column. They’ve been leaders in their field and great contributors to the campus life and the future of its students. It’s always nice to have the opportunity to write about someone I’ve never met and know very little about what they study. So, Dr. Allison Walker was a…
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Who’s Who: Jim Murphy: A Deep Rooted Local!

Who’s Who: Jim Murphy: A Deep Rooted Local! By Mike Butler If the name Jim Murphy doesn’t bring music to your ears right now, come September it sure will! Jim is part of the very busy board handling the organization and marketing for the 15th Deep Roots Festival in Wolfville. It’s gonna be a busy couple of weeks for Jim and his team but he was willing to lend me some time for this profile. Hear is a sweet little blurb about Jim Murphy! Jim was born and raised in Wolfville, went to Wolfville School, Horton High School, and then…
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Who’s Who: Andrew Haight and Dawn Higgins of Floating Bridge

Who’s Who: Andrew Haight and Dawn Higgins of Floating Bridge By Mike Butler Breathe. Relax. Sit back and take this special article in. Through much praise, Andrew Haight and Dawn Higgins found their way to me recently and I’m very excited to tell you about them. Andrew and his partner, Dawn Higgins, came to Nova Scotia 25 years ago from Toronto and they’ve been serial entrepreneurs since their arrival. According to Andrew, “Dawn is very good at creating successful small businesses with a lot of soul. Dawn and I have travelled extensively over the years honing our skills, absorbing new…
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Who’s Who: François Côté: Town Proud!

Who’s Who: François Côté: Town Proud! Mike Butler François Côté is a very recognizable face in the Valley and beyond. I’ve known him for many years, having seen him perform at events like Night Kitchens, open mics, and The Wolfville Farmers Market. He is a cherished Valley talent and it’s my pleasure to bring his story to The Grapevine. François Côté’s story begins in the fall of 1979 and spring of 1980, a period that would define François’ life. He says, “During those 8 months, I turned 18 and the Katimavik program took me from my hometown, Québec, to Wolfville…
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Who’s Who: Elizabeth Charlton

Who’s Who: Elizabeth Charlton By Mike Butler “Happiness is knowing there is bread in the oven!” Elizabeth Charlton, of Slow Dough fame, is a well-known Valley-based baker and cooking genius. Have you ever had her carrot cake? Honestly folks, I pride myself on having carrot cake from corner to corner of the Maritimes and Elizabeth’s is my favourite! The bread, the lemon cake, gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, chocolate-covered, whole grain: the list of her delectable treats is limitless. This wonderful Wolfville kitchen guru is the reason a lot of us give in to our sweet tooth temptations every Saturday at the…
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