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Inman, Jessie

Inman, Jessie
Committed CEO

Profile by Jane Ledwell

"Commitment has been a powerful word in my life," says Jessie Inman. Commitment has taken Jessie Inman as far as Antarctica and full circle home. Inman began her career as an administrative assistant at the Confederation Centre of the Arts in 1976; last fall she returned as CEO.

Inman left PEI for the Discovery Train, a travelling museum on 14 railway cars,
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Skinner, Dave

Skinner, Dave

Much Music
by Jane Ledwell

Dave Skinner’s life in the music industry as a music store manager and recording producer and engineer have come as a surprise to family and friends who knew him as a top-notch teenage hockey player, but Dave has a talent for recognizing what will give him a fulfilling life. “I was a sports guy who switched to being a music guy,” Dave says. “When I was 15 years old and
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Smith, Arnold

Smith, Arnold

The Connector
Profile by Jane Ledwell

With roots in Pleasant Valley that go back to 1780, Arnold Smith can stand on a hill and in one direction see where his father was born; in another, where his mother was born. He can point to the home places of four grandparents, all eight great-grandparents, “and a good part,” he says, of his 16 great-great-grandparents. “When this side married that side, then
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Martin, Derek

Martin, Derek

Reel to Reel
by Jane Ledwell

In the lobby of City Cinema, the perforated edges of a film glide through Derek Martin’s fingers. He is spooling film from the large reel used in the projector booth onto smaller reels, to be shipped by bus to its next showing. In 18 years running City Cinema, hundreds of films have passed through Derek’s fingers in this physical, painstaking process that is fast
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Putnam, Anne

Putnam, Anne

The Theatre of Life
Profile by Jane Ledwell

It is twilight on the south shore when I pull up past the for sale sign at Anne Putnam’s house. The house is, indeed, for sale and only half full, leaving room for rehearsal spaces for The Attic, the Pearls, and Three Fine Girls, being created by a collective of five women. Anne is a stage manager of renown, and she is stage manager for The Attic, but,
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Anderson Gallant, Christine

Anderson Gallant, Christine

Opening Doorsa
Profile by Jane Ledwell

I feel very fortunate that I do enjoy performing so many types of music, and so many genres and instruments,” says Christine Anderson Gallant. By that measure of fortune, she’s a rich woman. In addition to her work as Executive Director at the Indian River Festival, as Music Director at Trinity United Church, and as a parent of five grown or growing children,
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McCarville, B.J.

McCarville, B.J.

Power to the People
Profile by Jane Ledwell

Visual artist and educator B.J. McCarville has been home on PEI less than a year since living “away” and studying studio arts and education, and the comment she hears most is, “I didn’t know you were into art.” Now her mission as an arts educator at Confederation Centre Art Gallery is to engage people with art in life-altering ways—whether they know what
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Deighan, Pat

Deighan, Pat

Getting Along Great
Profile by Jane Ledwell

He’s been a Strawberry, had Eyes for Telescopes, been an Orb Weaver, and has hit roads with In-Flight Safety, but summer finds Island musician Pat Deighan at home behind the counter at Back Alley Music flogging other people’s CDs and vinyl in the last remaining music store in Charlottetown.

“I feel like a bartender here, except I’m not selling alcohol,”
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