Upper Big Tracadie Notable People

Jennifer Desmond was the first African Canadian High School Student at Guysborough Academy to receive the lieutenant Governor’s Medal. She was also valedictorian for her graduating class.  She received the 2002-2003 Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Award.  The King Award goes to an individual who exemplifies the spirit of Dr. King’s work, recognizing distinguished service in the community, education, social justice or human and civil rights.

Ms. Patricia Skinner, a founding member of the Black Cultural Society of Nova Scotia, was instrumental in the introduction of housing programs for communities in Upper Big Tracadie, Lincolnville and Sunnyville. A former employee of the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission’s north eastern regional office, she was also a founding member of the Town of Antigonish’s affirmative action committee and received the 125th Canada Medal for Volunteer Community Service.

Cathy Hartling received the Recognition Award for 20 years of volunteer service for the Nova Scotia RCMP in April of 2009.

Elsie Mae Elms achieved honorary awards from the retired Teachers Association of Segregated Schools of Nova Scotia and from the Tracadie United Baptist Church Ladies Auxiliary. In addition she also received an outstanding volunteer award for her dedication and service to the Rear Monastery-Tracadie Community by the Sydney-Toronto Association. She also received an award from the Children’s Aid Society for her commitment to the Foster Children’s Society.

Hattie Ash was a recipient of the Community Service Award, Foster Parent Award, the 50 year award from AUBA Women’s Institute and numerous other awards.