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Meet Sean LeBlanc (1996-1998): Photographer

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Feb 9, 2018 10:17:29 AM

I attended KES for Grades 11 and 12 and was fortunate to play on the Senior Boys Hockey team, which was why I decided to attend KES. The school also offered International Baccalaureate courses which strengthened my application to my university of choice and KES offered a great Arts program which helped develop my musical talents. After graduating from KES, I completed my Engineering Degree at Western University and a Masters of Business Administration at Saint Mary's University. I then started my career in Renewable Energy at Suncor Energy in Calgary, Alberta. Today, I still live in Calgary with my wife and two little boys, and I still work at Suncor Energy in their New Renewable Technologies group. However, on a part- time basis, I am focused on building my photography business (www. seanleblanc photography.com).

About 4 years ago, I discovered a passion for photography and started a wedding photography business. Today, my photography business has grown beyond my wildest dreams. I have been fortunate to photograph weddings all over the world including Japan, Europe, Central America, the Caribbean, the United States and Canada. It was humbling to be named "One of the Top Wedding Photographers in the World for 2016" by Fearless Photographers. I absolutely love meeting new people and documenting their story. I found my way to owning a small business by trying new things and taking some risks. I have failed several times over the last few years, but I have also learned from those failures. My plan for the future is to expand my photography business. Over the next year, I will be hiring staff to help achieve our growth objectives. My advice is to find your passion and never work another day in your life. Always put your best work forward and go beyond the call of duty.

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Meet Jill Jodrey (1983-1986): Creator of Chameleon Goods

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Feb 6, 2018 7:48:59 AM

I attended KES from 1983 until graduating in 1986. It was actually my parents who wanted me to go there, and it was probably one of the best gifts they've ever given me. I loved the structure, the opportunities the school provided, and unlike many others, I really liked having to wear a uniform!! After graduation, I took a year off school, worked for very little money, and decided that continuing my education was definitely the way ahead for me. I then attended university, and took advantage of a year abroad (in France), got a taste for the expat life, and eventually started working overseas, in Asia, the US, and the Middle East for various universities and colleges. I'm now living in South Africa, in a small coastal town with my husband and four-year-old daughter. Since moving here more than five years ago, I've started a small business making handbags that incorporate textiles from across the African continent. The bags are sold online, both retail and wholesale, to clients in the US, Canada, Australia, the UK, and Europe. I've been moving a lot of "stuff" around with me for the past decade or two, with textiles purchased while traveling being the bulk of it. When I finally settled here in South Africa, I became even more fascinated with the textile traditions of this continent and the stories they tell. I wanted to do something with my ever-growing collection that involved being both creative and working for myself, and so in 2014 Chameleon Goods (chameleongoods.com) was born.

I haven't visited Canada since I've lived in South Africa, so my most immediate personal plans are to travel to Nova Scotia within the next couple of years. My business plans include partnering with a local sewing shop that trains and employs women in an impoverished area. They will be sewing canvas and textile items for me, while I will continue to work with leather. This will enable my business to expand to an even wider market. If I could go back to my high school self, I would tell me the following six things: 1) Say less, listen more (my former teachers would probably agree with this one! ); 2) Avoid personal drama; 3) Be thankful -- very few people in this world have the same opportunities you do; 4) Challenge yourself by doing difficult things; 5) Be loyal to your friends -- true ones are hard to come by; and 6) Be the person you'll be proud to look back on.

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Meet Christopher Titus (2011-2012): Glass Blower

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Jan 31, 2018 10:15:00 AM

I attended Kings for my senior year and graduated in 2012. My time there was short, but I met many friends through the experience and enjoyed the ride. I have been living between Halifax and Jacksonville, Florida since 2007. I've always had an entrepreneurial mindset and during ski season, I waxed skis/snowboards in my dorm room for my KES classmates. When I graduated, I decided to take some time to figure my direction in life. It wasn't until I discovered glass in 2014 that I had really found my passion and a craft I could spend a lifetime exploring. A gallery show at Habitat Glass Gallery in West Palm Beach really opened my eyes to the potential of the craft.

I spent time going to live demonstrations around Florida and went to a glass convention in Eugene, Oregon. In 2015, I left Florida to road trip around North America. I toured major cities up the east coast for a month and made it back to Halifax. From there I trekked across Canada during the winter, meeting over 30 Canadian artists and selling my craft to 16 stores across the country. By the end of April, I had made it to Northern California where I spent a few seasons. I've driven across Canada/USA 6 times now and collaborated with high profile artists in my industry. Currently, I work at my family's brewery, Garrison Brewing Co, and blow glass in my spare time. On Mondays, I enjoy promoting my glass and encouraging people to get involved by hiding a marble every Monday somewhere in Halifax. You can find my work and Monday marble drops @ustayglassy on Instagram or on my Facebook. Next, I plan to return to the States in the winter to obtain my citizenship and attend school. There are very few schools that offer glass classes and only Salem Community College in New Jersey, offers an actual degree. There I'd like to take scientific glass blowing and continue my journey with glass. My advice to future

KES alumni would be to find your direction before jumping into more school. I now have a trade I'm passionate about, otherwise, I may have wasted this opportunity. Live your best life everyday.

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Meet Kristina Metcalf (1984-1988): Florist

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Jan 22, 2018 8:37:50 AM

I came to KES in 1983, as an adult, I am more inclined to say that the move was motivated by an opportunity to experience a more challenging academic environment and broader range of extra curricular activities; however, in reality I was more interested in going to a school with boys, and the idea of not living at home was highly appealing.

After graduating in 1988, I attended Bishop's University for two years. I transferred to Dalhousie University to attend the Costume Studies Program, followed by The Nova Scotia College of Art and
Design. I graduated from NSCAD with a BFA in Textile Design and Art History. In 1993, I married, and had my son Christopher Titus (2012). I am living in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, with my husband Dan, and younger children Caroline (18) and Julian (11). Christopher (23) returned to Canada to attend KES for Grades 12. After a few years of settling into American culture, I felt ready to start another business. I discovered floristry quite by accident after taking a part-time job during Mother's Day, in a florist shop. It turned out to be a great outlet for my creative side and, living in Florida, I am surrounded by gorgeous flowers and foliages for most of the year, so it was instant gratification!

I became a Master Gardener through the University of Florida, and then went on to study floral design through the South Florida School of Floral Design and the Floriology Institute. Recently, I achieved the national accreditation of Certified Floral Designer, and have received an invitation to become a member of the internationally coveted and highly esteemed, American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD) after rigorous testing in Seattle, WA this year. In 2015, I opened a floral and event design business called Fleurs de Vedra. I also freelance for other designers like the PGA Tour's head florist, who I've worked with for five years now on The Player's Championship at TPC Sawgrass and the PGA Tour Championship at East Lake. Some of the work I have done is soon to be published in Martha Stewart Weddings magazine.

My advice to students at KES is to focus on the things that they love and are naturally good at. Follow the path of least resistance and you will be successful! Not everyone is academic and that took me a very long time to figure out.

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Dr. Adrienne Wood (2001-02): Naturopathic Medicine

Posted by Heather Strickey on Jul 6, 2017 9:43:45 AM

I started at Carleton University studying Biochemistry and graduated with a Bachelor of Medical Sciences from The University of Western Ontario. From there I worked at a private boarding school in Ontario teaching Outdoor Education, then moved to Germany for a year. After this I began my postgraduate degree at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine in Vancouver, BC.

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Jill Payne: Spiritual Athlete

Posted by Heather Strickey on Jun 28, 2017 8:08:50 AM

It was somewhat surreal sitting down with Jill Payne (1996-2002) this past July. We were two women meeting and having coffee; however, part of me still sees Jill as the teen I taught History and coached in Basketball. Basketball was not the only sport in which Jill excelled. In Jill's Grade 12 year alone, she was awarded the prestigious titles of Scholar/Athlete and Senior Athlete of the Year for her outstanding skills and contribution to Soccer as Captain of the team, to Basketball as Captain of the team, to Track and Field as the Provincial Champion in the Javelin and to Rugby where she scored nearly 100 points herself on her first attempt at this sport. After high school, Jill went to the Canada Games as a paddler and played Rugby at St. FX (where she was named Rookie of the Year). This warrior athlete went on to play Rugby at the National and International levels.

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Jillian Murphy (2007-13): Track & Field Runner & Future Nurse

Posted by Heather Strickey on Apr 26, 2017 12:35:00 PM

After graduating from King's-Edgehill School in 2013, the following September I moved to Antigonish to begin studying at Saint Francis Xavier University in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing programme. My first year I lived on campus and joined the Track and Field team. I spent the year studying, socializing and running and met lots of new friends.

Throughout my degree, I have been unsure of what I wanted to do for a career. It has taken a lot of support and encouragement from my friends and family in order to stick with my degree. However in my third year, I had the opportunity to work in obstetrics nursing which I absolutely loved.

I am currently in my fourth and final year of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing. I am still running on the Track and Field team and living off campus. This coming May I will be graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. After graduation I'm planning to move in with a best friend I made at KES, and I am hoping to find a job nursing in the field of obstetrics.

My advice for KES students is to enjoy your time at the School, go to every event and get together that you can. I made friends in the Junior School who I continue to keep in touch with all over the world and consider life-long friends. The students of King's-Edgehill are lucky to be a part of such a tight-knit community, and I am very thankful for the relationships I made during my time there.

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Kathleen Crowell (2009-13): Acupuncturist

Posted by Heather Strickey on Mar 20, 2017 12:50:00 PM

I was a student at KES for six years. Following my graduation from KES I applied to and was accepted as a student in the two year Acupuncture programme at the Canadian College of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine located in Bedford, Nova Scotia. To obtain the status of an Acupuncturist requires a minimum of two years of study or 2200 hours.

As an acupuncturist, my goal is to help clients restore and maintain good health and prevent future illness. My special interest lies in the area of pain management. I first discovered the field of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine when I was in my late teens.

I was injured in an automobile accident that caused constant pain and discomfort. Traditional therapies did not restore my ability to function in the manner previous to my accident. I heard, through various sources, about Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine and decided to investigate their therapies. It worked, and still works to help me manage my pain.

Based on the excellent outcomes that I experienced, I wanted to share this wonderful therapy programme with others and decided I wanted a career as a holistic health care provider. Today, as a professional therapist in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, I develop and provide pain management programmes to others. Seeing the relief on my client's faces when their illness and pain is relieved, gives me great personal satisfaction.

As an acupuncturist, I do more than poke people with needles. I do therapies such as fire cupping, ear seeding, acupressure, tuina, health counselling, herbs, nutrition and diagnosing in traditional Chinese Medicine. My job involves developing a professional relationship with the client by listening, palpation and assessing their general constitution.

My studies also included traditional Chinese Reflexology. Reflexology is the study of the different pressure points on the feet and hands in relation to other areas of the human body. I am currently enrolled in a Business Administration programme at NSCC and also working in my profession with other like-minded colleagues at Chamomile Wellness Center in West Chezzetcook.

My future plans are to open a spa and wellness center in Nova Scotia. My advice to KES students: find a rewarding career; a field of study that you are passionate about. The world is continually changing. Your first career choice may not be what you may end up doing. Follow your path of interest and the world is waiting for you with all of its challenges and rewards. It is up to you to go and get it!

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Jessica (Wilson) Macy 2000-2003: Personal Trainer & Health Coach

Posted by Heather Strickey on Mar 10, 2017 12:39:00 PM

After leaving KES, I attended STFX where I played on the Varsity Rugby Team and won a National Championship. Sports have been my passion for as long as I can remember, so when I discovered there was a degree I could take in University that would focus on exercise and sport I figured that would lead me to a successful future.

After graduating, I followed my parents down to the Sarasota/ Bradenton area of Florida on the Gulf Coast. I learned I am passionate about helping and teaching people so I became a certified personal trainer. I spent almost 9 years at University Park Country Club as the Fitness Manager and Personal Trainer. In addition to overseeing the day to day operations of the Fitness Centre, I also ran the group fitness programme, and designed monthly health challenges for our members. Most of my days were spent helping sedentary individuals become more active, teaching golfers how to activate the proper muscles to gain more yards in their drive, or helping Parkinson's patients improve their strength and balance while delaying their disease progression.

I have been blessed to change people's lives by improving their health and building personal relationships that will last a lifetime. The most important thing I would tell people who are trying to figure out what the want to with their lives is to do what makes them happy. Find your passion, if you love what you do, your job will come easy and your life will be better for it. My husband and I recently decided to do just that and moved to Nashville with our two little boys. No, not to pursue a career in music but to be in a city that makes us happy where we can enjoy the outdoors and be more active. I have started working with a personal training company as an independent contractor and am enjoying growing my business in a new city.

I believe that exercise can save lives and no matter where I am in the world, health and fitness will be a part of me for the rest of my life.

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Rachel Bedingfield (1994-97): Director of Parks and Recreation

Posted by Heather Strickey on Feb 20, 2017 12:42:00 PM

Rachel Bedingfield (1994-97), Director of Parks and Recreation for the Town of Kentville, was selected by the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity as one of the 25 most influential women for 2015.

Rachel is a co-chair for WomenActive NS (WANS). One of the goals of the organization is to create more opportunities for women and young girls in sports. "We're looking at increasing participation at all levels in girls in physical education and recreational activity," she said. "We want to empower them with the idea of taking on leadership roles across all of those sectors."

"We are also working regularly with provincial sports organizations in the field and helping them to make sure there is fair and equitable access on their boards and more women in coaching and refereeing and leadership roles," she said. "We're just trying to create welcoming environments for women and girls."

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