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Waddell, Jackie

Waddell, Jackie

All About Nature
Profile by Nina Linton

Standing on the snow-covered ground Jackie Waddell looks up, a delicate veil of afternoon sun drapes her in a soft light. Ageless trees tower above, their craggy limbs, outstretched, create a sinuous web overhead with pockets of blue peeking through the meandering branches. A self confessed lover of nature, Waddell is at home under the big sky.

The current
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Kwan, Hok

Kwan, Hok

The Concertmaster
Profile by Ann Thurlow

There’s a moment right before the PEI Symphony starts to play. As if on cue, the audience grows quiet. The orchestra members stop their last minute practice. Then, into the silence steps concertmaster Hok Kwan. The audience applauds, as is the custom. The oboe plays a single note. Section by section, Kwan makes sure all the instruments are in tune. Then, the
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Clark, Sandi

Clark, Sandi

In the Music Room
Profile by Jane Ledwell

Music is a great thing to have in your life,” is Sandi Clark’s simple philosophy for teaching music for little ones. Tucked behind Sandi’s Kensington home is an outbuilding that might once have been a garage and that has definitely housed an insurance office and even, at one time, a pony. These days, local children and parents know it as a music room,
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Rutherford, Susana

Rutherford, Susana

Open Windows
Profile by Jane Ledwell

I’m in the family business,” stained glass artist Susana Rutherford has been known to say drolly, when asked what she does. “I’ve often joked to people I wanted to be an accountant—but I wasn’t a rebel.”

Despite growing up in a family that included visual artists Ambika Gail Rutherford and Erica Rutherford, Susana wasn’t always encouraged to choose a life in the
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Ford, Melvin

Ford, Melvin

Mr. Go-getter
Profile by Jane Ledwell

No reclining armchair or closed-in desk in Melvin Ford’s office—no time to sit. The manager of the King’s Playhouse is busy and plans to be even busier building up the repertoire and reputation of what he calls “the busiest theatre on PEI.” He says, “It feels like [summer] doesn’t end. We have 14 shows before Christmas. We’ve had 64 different live productions
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Matthews, Jon

Matthews, Jon

Staying Busy
Profile by Jane Ledwell

This summer, if you pulled up to a drive-thru to buy a burger, you could expect to be asked, “Want fries with that?” If you pull in to a concert to hear a favourite fiddler or band, expect to be asked, “Want Jon Matthews with that?” The busy musician, producer, and Magic 93.1 broadcaster has only had six nights off since mid-June. “It’s one of those cases that
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Francis, Cameron

Francis, Cameron

Fleet of Foot
Profile by Jane Ledwell

He may be billed as “the fastest feet on PEI,” but just-turned-16 step-dancer Cameron Francis is happy to be eligible for a beginner’s permit to drive. The busy performer wants to give his parents a break from driving from their Lady Fane farm to dance lessons, year-round ceilidhs, and summer performances at the College of Piping in Summerside.

Cameron says
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Banks, Brittany

Banks, Brittany

The Apprentice
Profile by Jane Ledwell

If you’d asked me a year ago, I definitely didn’t see myself at UPEI,” says Brittany Banks, a dancer and singer already well-known to Island musical theatre audiences even though she has just completed her first year of studying music at the university. “I saw myself AWAY,” she admits.

“UPEI was the choice I made after I really, really considered my options.
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