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By the age of eight I had lived in New Brunswick, Cape Breton, Newfoundland, as well as the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia. Prince Edward Island has now been home for over 45 years, and I thus developed a strong interest in both family and local history throughout the Atlantic region. A summer job at the Sackville Harness Shop, while studying at Mount Allison University in Sackville, NB led me into a lifetime connection to craft through leatherwork. I started a business called Leather Clan, making and wholesaling leathergoods throughout the Maritimes after graduation.

Teaching an evening course for the Amherst YMCS led to a job offer teaching leatherwork on Prince Edward Island, and a quick realization that the creative environment of a craft college was a great place to work. After touring design schools in Europe, I returned to work at Holland College School of Visual Arts which was the only full time leatherwork program in Canada from 1972-1983.

While teaching, I met Daphne Large a potter, who studied at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and opened Village Pottery in New London. Daphne taught part-time at Holland College, and in 1976 we were married. Our family includes grown children: Jack, Andrew, and Suzanne and three grandchildren.

Actively involved in community organizations from a young age, in college I was part of the student movement as it existed at Mt. A, which included efforts to transform student government and judicial structures into fully responsible institutions with real powers. Three years on student council and many campus organizations left me with a strong interest in the impact that adult education could have on community development. A decisive workshop on the roots of the Antigonish Movement led me to complete a masters in adult education from St. Francis Xavier University in 1983.

That same year I became executive director of the PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation, which operates the provincial museum system across the Island. Eventually this led to opportunities in cultural and educational administration within government and the University of PEI. When an opportunity to take early retirement arrived in 2005, it gave me a chance to devote time to other interests. I initially taught several topics at Seniors College, and gradually returned to my roots as a craftsman, this time as a potter working within the family business which includes two of our children as well.

My interests include photography, writing and web design as well as cycling, kayaking and spending time with grandkids. Creating HomePort, brings together interests in family and local history. Over the years the focus has grown to cover 60 ancestral families who arrived in Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island starting in the 1700's. I enjoy helping people discover the continuum of their own family history - connecting past and present.

I have a few blogs and websites as well as editing Vintage Charlottetown on Facebook.

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