Celebrating a strong, creative, resilient Lunenburg County
NOW, MORE THAN EVER...
Do it while you’re young - Young couple make a move and their “best decision” in choosing Martins River.
Story by Tina Hennigar
Megan Lehman was cutting my hair when I asked her what brought her to Lunenburg County from Walkerton, Ontario, just 3-hours outside Toronto. “I was tricked,” laughed the young, creative stylist. While I’ve only seen Megan with her mask on, I can see her bright smile through her eyes.
“We came to visit my in-laws and they showed us a rental, and that was it.” Living in Martins River with her fiancé, Matthew Gunter, a plumber, Megan said they’re very happy here. “It’s the best decision we’ve made so far.”
They arrived in January. Arguably not the best time to move to Nova Scotia, especially with the threat of a global pandemic looming. On top of that, her job as a stylist would soon be banned for a time. Megan admitted, frankly, she was terrified. Who could blame her? But thanks to the relationships she had built with her clients before the lockdown, they came back.
“I strive for retention. When they come back to me after our first cut, it’s just so awesome. I really try to treat them well and give them what they want. That helped me.” Megan credited Toppers salon owner, Barry Carr, and her fellow stylists for their help. “I can’t say enough about them.” Megan, being very social, needed to have a social circle, and she found it with her clients and co-workers. “And my in-laws,” Megan said. “I have a great in-law family.”
Her artistic side was also able to thrive here. Megan said she was happy to see such a strong creative community with tattoo artists, local producers, photographers and the like. “I did really miss prom season this year though,” Megan said of losing the opportunity to do updo’s and make-up for graduates. “It’s one of my favourite things to do because no one ever does it for themselves.”
From Megan’s perspective, what’s the one thing missing from Lunenburg County? “My family, my friends back in Ontario,” she said. The pandemic making it particularly hard since they don’t get to see each other. “But my family loves it here. When I told them I was thinking of moving to Nova Scotia my dad said, “Just do it. Do it while you’re young.”