Ar­chiv­ist fund­ing sought for West Pub­nico

Aca­dian his­tor­i­cal so­ci­ety look­ing to Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Ar­gyle for fund­ing for po­si­tion

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An Aca­dian his­tor­i­cal group in south­west­ern Nova Sco­tia is look­ing to hire a part-time ar­chiv­ist and is seek­ing a mu­nic­i­pal unit’s fi­nan­cial sup­port to make it hap­pen.

La so­ciété his­torique aca­di­enne de Pub­nico-Ouest is ask­ing the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Ar­gyle for an an­nual fi­nan­cial con­tri­bu­tion for an ar­chiv­ist to work in its re­search cen­tre, part of the Musée des Aca­di­ens des Pub­ni­cos in West Pub­nico.

The pro­posal is that the per­son would work three days a week, with the po­si­tion cost­ing a lit­tle over $18,000 an­nu­ally, ac­cord­ing to the his­tor­i­cal so­ci­ety’s re­quest, which was pre­sented to the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Ar­gyle at its May 8 coun­cil meet­ing.

Coun­cil will con­sider the group’s re­quest, said Ar­gyle War­den Richard Don­ald­son. Yarmouth County dancer Madi­son Boudreau is ex­cited to be selected for a Nova Sco­tia team that will com­pete on a na­tional stage for high­land danc­ing in Cal­gary.

Named af­ter the late Fa­ther Clarence d’En­tremont – a well-known his­to­rian from West Pub­nico – the ar­chives at the Musée des Aca­di­ens des Pub­ni­cos opened in 1998, mak­ing this a mile­stone year for the fa­cil­ity.

“We will be cel­e­brat­ing our 20th an­niver­sary this com­ing July,” said Paul d’En­tremont, the his­tor­i­cal so­ci­ety’s pres­i­dent. “The sched­ule prom­ises well-known speak­ers, ge­neal­o­gists and his­to­ri­ans who will be pre­sent­ing at the Musée

A Yarmouth dancer is ex­cited to be head­ing to Cal­gary to com­pete at a na­tional high­land dance com­pe­ti­tion as part of Team Nova Sco­tia.

Madi­son Boudreau – the daugh­ter of Deb­o­rah and Scotty Boudreau – was selected to rep­re­sent the prov­ince at the up­com­ing ScotDance Canada Cham­pi­onship Se­ries be­ing held in Cal­gary June 30 to July 4 af­ter com­pet­ing at the Nova Sco­tia Closed High­land Danc­ing Cham­pi­onship and Pro­vin­cial Se­lec­tion Meet in Pic­tou ear­lier this month.

Held at the deCoste Per­form­ing Arts Cen­tre in early May, there were 87 dancers com­pet­ing for a spot on the team. Boudreau com­peted in her re­spec­tive age group – Premier 18 & Un­der 21 – and claimed the sec­ond run­ner-up ti­tle, grant­ing her a spot on the team.

Asked about that day’s com­pe­ti­tion, Boudreau says, “I was a lit­tle ner­vous. I’ve been work­ing very, very hard for this. I was re­ally ex­cited when the re­sults hap­pened. I can’t wait to rep­re­sent Nova Sco­tia des Aca­di­ens des Pub­ni­cos and other lo­ca­tions to be de­ter­mined. Lo­cal ge­neal­o­gists will be avail­able to as­sist in the gath­er­ing of in­for­ma­tion on ge­neal­ogy. Tours of the re­search cen­tre will be avail­able.”

The fa­cil­ity con­tains a wealth of his­tor­i­cal and ge­nealog­i­cal ma­te­rial and the cen­tre is well used by peo­ple do­ing re­search for var­i­ous rea­sons, whether they’re ex­plor­ing their fam­ily tree or work­ing on an aca­demic project, Ar­gyle coun­cil was told. at Cana­di­ans.”

The dancers com­pet­ing for a spot on the Nova Sco­tia team have to be pre­miere dancers, which is the top level for high­land danc­ing, says Boudreau who has plenty of ex­pe­ri­ence when it comes to high­land danc­ing. She’s been danc­ing for 16 years and used to train with the MacKen­zie School of Dance.

This year has been more chal­leng­ing for her when it comes to her danc­ing, as she’s been bal­anc­ing dance with her univer­sity stud­ies. Of­ten times she was con­duct­ing her lessons with her new Hal­i­fax dance teacher Carolyn Spears on­line through Skype.

“It was def­i­nitely re­ally hard with the univer­sity work­load,” she says. “Some­times it was hard to fit a class in, but I tried to keep prac­tis­ing as much as I could be­cause I knew the out­come I wanted. I did any­thing to make it pos­si­ble.”

Dance has al­ready given Boudreau many unique op­por­tu­ni­ties. Last year she was first run­ner-up in the qual­i­fy­ing com­pe­ti­tion and was

West Pub­nico’s Aca­dian his­tor­i­cal so­ci­ety of­fi­cially be­gan in 1973. The so­ci­ety pur­chased a lo­cal house in 1977 to serve as a mu­seum pre­serv­ing and show­cas­ing the area’s Aca­dian her­itage and cul­ture.

The mu­seum opened in 1979 and, about a decade-and-a-half later, in the mid-1990s, the mu­seum opened an an­nex, which fea­tures, among other things, a ma­jor dis­play of cam­eras and other pho­tog­ra­phy-re­lated items.

“It’s been a part of my life for so long, I couldn’t imag­ine my life with­out it. It teaches you a lot of self-con­fi­dence and a lot of cre­ativ­ity and a lot of life lessons that you wouldn’t think of.” — Madi­son Boudreau says about high­land danc­ing

part of the Nova Sco­tia team at the na­tional com­pe­ti­tion in Char­lot­te­town. She’s also per­formed with dancers at the Royal Nova Sco­tia In­ter­na­tional Tat­too.

Boudreau would en­cour­age any­one think­ing about dance to give it a try.

“It’s been a part of my life for so long, I couldn’t imag­ine my life with­out it. It teaches you a lot of self-con­fi­dence and a lot of cre­ativ­ity and a lot of life lessons that you wouldn’t think of,” she says. “One for me would be to never give up and to keep work­ing to­wards the goals you set for your­self. I was in one of the tough­est groups in com­pe­ti­tion and I didn’t al­ways get the re­sults I wanted but I kept push­ing through. It took a lot of hard work to get to where I wanted to be.”

She says she can’t wait for her trip to Cal­gary.

“At Cana­dian cham­pi­onships I’ll be com­pet­ing against the top dancers from around the coun­try in my age group,” she says. “I’m very ex­cited.”

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