‘You’re from Halifax and you moved here, to Cape Breton?’ That is a common question when I introduce myself to people who live here. I guess they can’t imagine someone moving from “the big city” to Sydney, because usually it’s the other way around.
Let’s back up for a second. I am a third year Public Relations student at Mount Saint Vincent University, and I got a job in Cape Breton through my co-operative education program. I was ecstatic to land a job here at Pure, but wasn’t totally sold on moving to Sydney for four months. However, I packed up my things and headed to the city with the big fiddle.
When I was first being introduced to people and receiving stares of confusion once telling them I was from Halifax, I realized that people don’t exactly move here often. I asked my co-workers if the levels of young people leaving are really that high and the answer I got was “is the Pope Catholic? ”.
I’ve heard that a lot of people head out west for work these days, but I don’t personally know anyone who has left, so I guess it wasn’t real for me. I mean I understand what draws people away from Cape Breton, Halifax alone has four universities to bring students away from the island. However, I never understood why they don’t eventually move back, especially considering you only ever hear good things about the island.
People think the grass is greener on the other side of the fence, or in this case the Causeway. They may think the rest of the world has more to offer them, but I think they would be pleasantly surprised to find that their home has just as many.
I’ve only lived here a month and I already love this place. There are so many things to do and see, people to meet, and opportunities to grasp. I’ve already gotten to work on many different projects, some which will be effecting large populations here in Cape Breton like Memski. Memski Project Inc. is a partnership between Membertou and Eskasoni to identify and pursue opportunities emerging from major projects in Atlantic Canada. I also get to work with the Cape Breton Orchestra in helping to promote their upcoming 20th Anniversary Gala Concert. The concert will be showcasing some of Cape Breton’s amazing talent through instrument and song.
I guess I’ll go on shocking people with my introduction and receiving puzzled looks, but if you ask me, I think the grass is perfectly green right here.