When I was growing up in Glace Bay, I couldn’t wait to leave. I thought it was a go no where, do nothing town with former glory in the coal mines. No place to grow, and live any kind of life. The bright lights of the fast city of Toronto originally drew me away. I was going to study filmmaking and work in the industry. I had big dreams and an ambitious plan that introduced me to new people and experiences. I traveled the whole country and the United States working and living what I thought was my best life. Though it wasn’t too shabby, no where did I find pizza like home.
The truth is, I would still be out there in the world, had a mental illness not level me, and take me to the ground. My plan was to come here to crash, and then get back out there again. There was still so much to do.
The concept of a blog came about through a Self Directed Study Course at Cape Breton University. I was going back to school to prepare myself for a Master’s degree, and completing my English Major in the Bachelor of Arts Community Studies Program. When the time came, I was supposed to intervene in the community in some positive way. So, the blog was born.
I was tired of all the negative news stories about drug and addiction issues that I was hearing so much about in Glace Bay. Though drug and addiction is a serious issue here, I knew there must be more to it. There are good people living here, and I made it my mission to seek out and find them.
Initially I was anxious about approaching people, but the more people I would meet the process was easier and easier. Through interviewing people in the town, I changed my perspective to the the town. I found that this town is full of people doing good things for the community. I also found that those things took them around the world. I found people living here from other countries and cultures. Each person had a rich story to tell about their life.
I learned about the history of the town, and what this town used to be. We should be proud of our history no matter where on the planet we exist right now. What this town is now, is a thriving community of businesses and people trying to live a better life.
Now I write my stories about people in the town for the Cape Breton Post. My column is called Bay Buzz, and it is basically the same premise. Telling stories about people in my community has forever changed my perspective about the town. You can do good things here. If you set your mind to it anything is possible.
I still think we have the best pizza shops in the world, hands down. Take my word for it.