Halifax Harbour, NS and others - Autumn Hebb
I’ve grown up around water my entire life.
From my permanent address just outside of Bridgewater Nova Scotia where I often played in a creek downstream from a small wetland as a child, to living in Halifax for the last two years and appreciating the Halifax harbour - it would be an understatement to say that water has made me into the person I am today.
My childhood was filled with the natural world, and playing in ‘my’ creek by the wetland or jumping off the rope into Beck Lake while my brother was out deep in the Banana Boat waiting for me, was one of my early and passionate memories. Alongside those memories were my family’s visits to beautiful beaches such as Carter’s beach and getting an ice cream on a hot summers day at Risers beach to highlight a few. So much of my time was spent outdoors playing in the water, hearing the sounds of birds and just feeling the world around me. It was this connection that deepened over time and as I grew older I appreciated nature and the environment around me even more so and I knew that I wanted to have a job working in the environmental sector.
It is the fond memories of my childhood - growing up immersed in and around water, mud and forests, that erupted a passion for knowledge and experience about the natural world and sustainability that I strive to further connect with and work towards ethical and environmental stewardship and positive change each and every day. As a result of growing up around water my whole life, I have seen positive and negative change but much more still needs to be done. While attending a panel discussion on environmental racism, Dorene Bernard stated a quote that has always resonated with me, “water is life”. Nothing is more important than protecting water quality and quantity for all life to thrive.