My community consists of a very talented bunch of people. Lots of artists, writers, dancers, herbalists, massage therapists, councillors, musicians and so many more are in my daily circle of life. I thought you might like to know a little more of what they do in case you need them too! Check out their Bios and links. I listed them here because they are either a good friend or I have hired them at some point. This is my way of supporting my friends and business owners. I hope you can support them too!

Kim Smith
Beth Thompson
Bruce Dienes

Kimberly Smith graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from York University, Toronto in 1981. He has worked professionally in Theatre and Film as an Actor, Director, Videographer and Editor since that time. He has been the sole proprietor of Creative Action Digital Video since 1997. Some clients have been Literacy Nova Scotia, Wolfville Farmers’ Market, and Acadia University. See examples by clicking HERE

It began as a hobby in 1976 at the Minas Potters Guild in Wolfville, Nova Sotia, where I also attended university. In 1980 I apprenticed with Meat Cove Pottery at the far northern tip of Cape Breton Island. Working in handpainted porcelain tableware my present studio is in Canning, en route to the Fundy shores of Blomidon and Scots Bay. The studio is open daily by chance or appointment at 9842 Main Street, and I can also be found Saturdays at the Wolfville Farmers’ Market from May to December.

9842 Main St. Canning. (902) 300-9149 | Open by chance or appointment,

Beth Thompson is a licensed natural makeup artist and founder of Cosmic Tree Essentials, recognized by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics as a Safe Cosmetics Champion Company. She crafts fresh, natural, holistic cosmetics with her own unique blends of cosmetic grade minerals. Her lipsticks are made with fair trade dark chocolate from Just Us! and cast in a teardrop tip mold. She offers custom blended skin and hair care in refillable bottles at the Wolfville Farmers’ Market, created with distillates of never-sprayed Annapolis Valley apples, cucumbers, roses, calendula, geranium and more. Everything she sells is cruelty-free and vegan.

Bruce studied photography at Ryerson in Toronto in the 1970’s, completing a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Photographic Arts. He specializes in performing arts photography, but also enjoys landscape work. His photos have appeared in Maclean’s, Atlantic Business, Seascapes, in folk magazines Penguin Eggs and Dirty Linen and in Nova Scotia newspapers. His series of photos documenting a 1983 anti-nuclear march in Halifax was displayed at the Red Herring Gallery and is now in the Nova Scotia Archives. He is an official photographer for Deep Roots and Stan Rogers Folk Festivals, and you will likely have seen his photographs on posters and CDs of local musicians.
As a consultant, Bruce creates learning environments for not-for-profits and small businesses, customizing paradigm-shifting experiences that help empower people by giving them the practical tools and resilience they need to effectively and compassionately deliver services.
Bruce has a PhD in Psychology and teaches courses in Community Psychology, Motivation and Emotion, and in Masculinities at Mount Saint Vincent University.