Celebrating a strong, creative, resilient Lunenburg County
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Story and photo by DAVID SORCHER
For Emily d’Entremont there was never a question that she would one day return to Lunenburg County. She just never expected it would take so long.
Drawn to Halifax for college in 1998, the Broad Cove native soon met her future husband, Mark, a musician with some local successes touring Nova Scotia and nearby provinces.
She studied psychology at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax before switching to a computer administration program at CompuCollege, only to find no jobs in her field after graduating. By then she and Mark had moved in together and Emily settled in to various call centre jobs over the next few years.
When Mark left his band in 2008 he decided t o head out west where he had connections and job opportunities in the gas and oil industry. Emily soon followed and they landed in Stettler, “The Heart of Alberta”, with the notion they would return to Nova Scotia within the next few years. Unfortunately, when the economy tanked in 2009 Mark was laid off, but Emily found herself a good paying position in
communications for the Western Canada Lottery Corp. Time passed.
“When pay cheques get good it’s hard to leave”, she said. “It was always, we’ll leave next year, and then the next, and then the next…”
Then in 2011 their son Cooper was born. “Life tends to just carry on and the years fly by. We would come home every Christmas. Then we realized that summer on the South Shore is really where it’s also at, so why were we visiting in the winter? But our summer visits still weren’t enough. “ The couple married in 2013 and more years passed as Cooper grew from toddler to preschooler. Finally in 2015 it was time to set some serious resettlement goals. They were determined to move back to the Maritimes within the next two years.
Emily’s family had kept a rental property in Broad Cove that became a granny flat for her grandmother Beatrice, but, well into her nineties, Grandma Bea had moved to a care facility. So the house was empty again. With the opportunity of a place to live the couple stepped up their efforts to find work in the area. One place that came into Emily’s sights was the Petite Rivière Vineyards. She had applied for vineyard jobs, but got no response, as she had no real experience growing grapes.
However, on a trip home in 201 7 to celebrate Grandma Bea’s hundredth birthday, she decided to give it another go and emailed the winery manager that she would be in town. As it turns out, the manager was planning on leaving her position, and, two weeks later, she offered Emily the job. “I don’t make the same kind of money here as I did in Alberta, but there are things that are more important than money. We just knew it was time to go home. This is the place to be. I’m back in Broad Cove again and now my son goes to school in Petite Rivière, my old elementary school.”