WhyHere?ca – Tanya Long

Over the past few months we’ve been working with the Lunenburg Queens Regional Development Agency on a project called WhyHere? It’s all about celebrating the fantastic people we have in our area and showing people what a great place this is to live and work. Us and another company (Boost Media, from Bridgewater) will be producing a lot of these videos over the coming months and I’ll post ours as we make them. It was important to us to try and use local music wherever we could, and since we’ve been lucky enough to work with some great local musicians since we moved to Nova Scotia, we have been getting them involved in this project by providing the soundtrack music, so big thanks go out to them.

First up we have Tanya Long from Veinot’s Print in Brooklyn, Queens County. Tanya is originally from this area, but moved away to go to university, travelled around, and lived mainly in Ottawa for many years. After returning here for a visit with a friend and showing her all the local attractions, she realized what she was missing out on by not living here, and promptly set about planning her return. Since coming back here she’s taken over the family business and had her own children. Tanya and her family are some of the first people we met when we moved to Queens County a little over 2 years ago and they are such great ambassadors for the area – they welcomed us with open arms and were a huge part of how quickly we became settled. In the video Tanya talks about the community spirit we see all the time here, and I don’t know if she realizes what a big part of that she is. They all give countless hours in voluntary work and are always involved in local events. We are surely lucky to have Tanya and her family in our community.

Massive thanks to Norma MacDonald too, for providing the soundtrack for this video with her song Sand off the album The Forest for the Trees. Norma is originally from Cape Breton but now lives in Halifax, and she’s another of those people who makes Nova Scotia such a fantastic place to live. Watch some of here videos here, and download her music here.

Let’s be thankful for volunteer firefighters!


 

Recently we’ve been working with White Point Beach Resort on a few projects documenting what’s been happening since the main lodge burnt down in November 2011. As this week is National Volunteer Week, it seemed appropriate to feature our volunteer fire departments, since they played a critical role in ensuring the fire did not spread anywhere else in the resort.

So, a few weeks ago we sat down with some of the firefighters who were there at the White Point fire, and their wives, to tell us what their job is like from their perspective, and the impact that such a huge commitment has on family life, as well as the challenges they face in doing their job. It was an interesting and candid discussion and I left with a great sense of admiration for what these men do, as well as for their wives and children who support them unconditionally.

White Point wanted to make this video to say thank you to all the volunteers (and their families) for their tireless efforts to keep all of us safe. Join us in thanking them by watching this video and learning a little bit about what life is really like for these guys.

Our latest project with Bonny Lea Farm

For the last few weeks we’ve been spending a lot of time at Bonny Lea Farm in Chester, a centre for adults with special needs and disabilities. Following on from our initial project with the Queens Association for Supported Living last year, we’re working on a series of videos covering all of the different areas at BLF, of which there are many: they have day and residential facilities, as well as a variety of work and recreation programs. At this time of year the centre is just gearing up to get fully operational in the barn and greenhouse, so it’s an exciting time for us to be there.

The staff at Bonny Lea Farm wanted us to make some videos that they could use for education and advertising as well as to show donors how their money is used. There are still many misconceptions surrounding this and other similar programs in Nova Scotia, and they want to challenge these. The participants are all very keen to get involved in the videos and show us what they do as well as the skills that they use during their working day. We’re still working on shooting the footage at the moment but we expect to have the first video out in the not-too-distant future. Hopefully you will be as inspired as we have been by the staff and participants at Bonny Lea Farm!

Here are a few photos from our first few shooting days at BLF. Good times!

 

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