If I have a care in the world, I have a gift to bring. – Indigo Girls, Hammer and Nail
I work “on-call” and by contract (since 1993). Sometimes part time, sometimes full time but (almost) always from my home office.
I own and operate a very successful Homework Club (since 2015) for elementary school children attending Beaver Bank Monarch Drive Elementary School. We do lots of art.
I recently served as editor and writer (2016-2019) of a 28-32 page quarterly publication Nova Scotia Christmas Tree Journal (NSCTJ) now in its 32nd volume. A privelege.
I went on to freelance as a community writer in July 2017 and since that time have sold and published more than one hundred (100) stories, mostly on my favourite subjects – volunteering, volunteers and non-profits, in Beaver Bank, Nova Scotia, and beyond.
I’ve seen my stories published in The Coast Guard, Our Social Market News, Nova Scotia Christmas Tree Journal, American Christmas Tree Journal, Chronicle Herald, Halifax Citizen, Bedford-Sackville Observer, Dartmouth Tribune, South Shore Breaker, Valley Harvester, Truro Daily News, The City Voice and recently, The Volunteer News.
The summer of 2019 started off with a project for Canada Trails (www.thegreattrail.ca) about the Salt Marsh Trail in Cole harbour and Lawrencetown. We also featured a birder familiar with the trail. I got to work with my daughter Emma Dubois, BSC, on this project, she provided great photographs of the trail that were subsequently published by http://www.thegreattrail.com and The City Voice.
I love volunteering and volunteers. Always have. My parents volunteered – even my dad, in a wheelchair.
If an organization needed “door prizes,” well they’d ask my (late) dad. My (late) brother and I often accompanied my dad to the local shopping mall to get these prizes. As my dad often asked, “who is going to say no to a guy in a wheelchair with two kids?” Indeed.
My mother is a volunteer gorilla. She is more than 80 years old and still volunteers regularly and for everyone. She never cared about whose cause was doing what – if someone needed something, they’d call June. She’d always figure it out.
My first memory of volunteering was at Patricia Park in Montreal. With my mother, behind a table, we sold hot dogs and cotton candy, drinks. I was not more than 10 years old and I loved it. People treated me…well, not like a kid, but as someone that mattered. I volunteered with my mom many more times, each time a great memory.
I still volunteer some time to Beaver Bank Business Association (BBBA) (founding director), Rocky Hollow Ranch Nova Scotia (director at large) and Square Roots – Lower Sackville (monthly volunteer). The latter (Square Roots) is where I get to volunteer with my sweetheart, Rick. I also work on a fb page and monthly publication called The Volunteer News.
I earned a BA in Sociology from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, in 1992, completed the Honour’s Program and graduated with distinction.
I like to say I earned a PhD in Parenthood during the 1990s and 2000s.
A few courses were added to my CV over the years. Please visit my LinkedIn page to take a look.
I live in Beaver Bank, Nova Scotia, with my sweetie, Richard Carruthers and our two cats, Rascal and Murdoch.
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