Who’s Who

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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Who’s Who: Gail and Everett Butler, My A-Parent Situation!

Who’s Who: Gail and Everett Butler, My A-Parent Situation! By Mike Butler I’ll never forget those Christmas mornings when I received some of my favourite gifts: my drafting table, my guitar, my VHS special edition copy of Gone With The Wind, and that really bright, checkered bathrobe from Phinney’s. This Who’s Who is very special to me because it’s about the two people that have given me more gifts than I can remember, including the gift of life: my parents Gail and Everett Butler. I have pretty amazing folks! While applauding their accomplishments as great parents, grandparents, business owners, and…
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Who’s Who: Shelley Moore, The Moore the Better

Who’s Who: Shelley Moore, The Moore the Better By Mike Butler I truly believe there are three Shelley Moores out there, because she’s everywhere, and always doing so much for the community. I know, that’s a funny statement for me to make considering all the lakes my toes are dipped in, but I’ve known Shelley for about nine years and she is all over the place! I met Shelley during my very first show in December 2009, Brand New Year, when I was fortunate to share the stage with her daughter Meredith. It was evident early on how involved Shelley…
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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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