Faces of Canada

"I got into whaling just like how I got into everything else. I needed to make a living and support my family. Throughout my life I have worked in logging, fishing, fish plants and sealing. Im not sorry for anything I have done, I worked hard to make a living. In 1972, whaling got banned and our whaling factory shut down putting everyone out of work. Here in Newfoundland we say, when one door closes another opens. People were resourceful and started opening up businesses like Bed and Breakfasts. Since I was a whaler and knew the animals well, I started taking people out to view the animals. I bet if you did a survey now, people would say there is more money here shooting whales with cameras than harpoons."

Dildo, Newfoundland and Labrador

In Newfoundland there is a tradition to become an honorary Newfoundlander. Captain Dildo from the small town of Dildo saw some potential in us and lead the traditional ceremony which consists of fact testing, food tasting and screech drinking! We could not be more excited to become part of the family now!

Faces of Canada

"We are one of those late Canadian romance stories from the internet. We decided to set up a date, so we went to a restaurant called the Swan in high park Toronto. Chris asked me 7 billion questions. It was hard to focus because the FIFA World Cup was on a huge TV behind his head, and Beckham was playing. He didn’t like that, but 9 months later we got married. In the other places I have lived this would not be possible, and even Canada has changed a lot in our lifetimes. I came out in the 80s and people did not take it that well. Now, we have so much pride in our young and older generations. Kids are growing up accepting the LGBTQI community like they are accepting technology. My 93 year old grandpa was at our wedding and I became the first openly gay church minister in all of Newfoundland. The future is looking bright!"

Desmond and Chris
Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador

Faces of Canada

"I studied economics and English literature which was great for getting a bar job. I’ve been in the bar industry since 1979 and love it. I wanted to learn more about wines so I took a sommelier course in 2003. University did not prepare me well, it was the hardest thing I’ve ever done. Developing your pallet and the amount of information was overwhelming. We had to detect the exposure to sun, grade of the hill and climate since these all affect wines. After the course I took a year to travel the world. I walked into any winery I could find. During this year I realized how similar we all are, and how wine serves the same purpose everywhere. It brings people together and breaks the ice. It makes people less constrained, and can evoke conversation and the sharing of stories. With this people become closer and that is the beauty of wine."

Antigonish, Nova Scotia